Welcome to Lough Derg Garden TrailPublic & 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.
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
Birr Castle Demesne joins garden to trail
Birr Castle Demesne has just joined the trail! Details and photos will be published here soon.
News from Fancroft Mill & Gardens
The Spring Seminar exploring the story of the Pim family, Quaker millers at Fancroft, Roscrea was a great success. Despite unseasonally harsh weather the 60 participants enjoyed the lectures and discussion on matters historical, cultural and environmental, the guided mill tours, exploring the gardens and, to conclude, gathering round the roaring fire for refreshments to the sound of talented local musicians. Watch out for details of further musical events, both trad & classical, in this lovely venue later in the year.
Abbey Court Hotel joins garden to trail
The garden at the Abbey Court Hotel has just joined the trail. See its dedicated page on this site
Matthew Fahy Birdboxes
Handmade solid wood boxes