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

  • Greetings from Fancroft Mill Roscrea!

    An evening of great music will happen on Monday March 16th at 8pm...gates open at 7.30pm.  THE SESSION@ THE MILL will be a benefit gig with 100% of proceeds contributed to NORTH TIPPERARY HOSPICE, ROSCREA BRANCH. Artists include Michael Thompson, David Taylor, Michael McEvoy, Sean Ryan, "Passing Through", "The Mowgli Mob", David Kinsella & friends, Joe Coughlan, Dinny Quirke, Triona Walsh. MC Tom Stapleton. Spaces in this unique performance area are limited and so early booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Tickets 10 euro pp. Complimentary refreshments during interval.Also a raffle with lovely prizes. For bookings & information contact Irene Sweeney. Tel:0505-31484 Email millgardens@gmail.com

  • Rathurles Garden Fundraises for Cancer Research

    For Rathurles Garden will hold an open day in late March/early April 2015 to raise funds for Cancer Research. An exact date will be announced on this site

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