Welcome to Lough Derg Garden Trail

Public & privately-owned gardens within 40 minutes of Ireland's Pleasure Lake on the river Shannon.

The Lough Derg Garden Trail features 8 gardens near Lough Derg. Starting at Portumna and running 35 kilometres long to Ballina-Killaloe, the lake measures 13,400 hectares in area. The garden trail can be accessed from the M8, the M7 and via the N65 from the M6. Many of the gardens are close to President Obama's ancestral home in Moneygall.

Featuring beautiful gardens located in the Shannon region. Whether you are a keen gardener, having a family day out or taking a day trip with your friends, there is something for everyone. Please note: While the gardens at Portumna and Knappogue Castle are open without appointment, some gardens are open on specific days OR by appointment only. Please check individual garden pages for opening times.

The gardens range in size from 1-10 acres. From manicured and award-winning gardens to gardens which encourage wild life, there is something for every gardening enthusiast. Some gardens have features which will appeal to “non-gardeners” such as: a restored mill house, castles and aviaries of unusual birds. Consider stopping by one of the gardens while on a cycling or walking trip! Each garden, or trail member, has its own page with contact details, photos, written directions. Members of the trail are listed below.
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Our Member Gardens

The Lough Derg Garden Trail was founded in late 2010 by hobby gardener and businesswoman Kerrie O Connor.

The trail featured on RTE's Nationwide television programme in July 2011. If you would like to join the trail or if you need help with an itinerary for a group tour, please call 086-8079763

Latest News & Events

  • Midsummer Music at the Mill!

    Fancroft Mill & Gardens will be the venue for an evening of chamber music and poetry on Saturday June 21, 2014. All proceeds will be contributed to the restoration fund for Lockeen Church of Ireland Co. Tipperary with its lovely stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke studio. The Delmaine String Quartet will play music by Hayden and Dvorak, interwoven with the poetry of F.R.Higgins read by actor Michael James Ford. The gardens will open from 6pm giving all those with confirmed reservations for the performance an opertunity to ramble at their leisure. Limited spaces. Booking essential. Tickets €25. Concessions & Group Rate €10. Email or phone for your reservations. Email: millgardens@gmail.com Tel: 0505-31484


  • 2014 Edition of Printed Trail Guide Available FREE

    For a free copy of our printed guide, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Kerrie O'Connor, Rathurles, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

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