Ballina & Killaloe – Heritage towns

Killaloe bridge

The sister towns of Ballina & Killaloe are situated at the southern tip of Lough Derg. With a variety of water and land activities, historic buildings and excellent  places to eat and drink, Killaloe and Ballina are a delightful holiday destination for all the family.
The towns are amongst Ireland’s most picturesque attractions and are linked by a 13 arch bridge, which links not only the two towns, but also the counties of Clare and Tipperary.
Killaloe, on the Clare side of the river, is made up of charming narrow streets, flanked by old shops along the steep hill looking down over the 13th century cathedral. The town was home to Brian Boru, the High King who united Ireland against the Vikings, so this picture perfect town with its Victorian streets and old canal banks was once capital of all Ireland.
Ballina on the Tipperary side, offers a newly rejuvenated tree lined Park along the riverbank on what was once a railway line, with plentiful moorings and Derg Marina catering for the leisure craft that make Killaloe/Ballina one of the best centres for water activity breaks in Ireland. You will find first-class pubs and eateries along the main street and old quayside.

St. Flannan’s Cathedral, unique for its stone carving inscriptions is in Killaloe, while both villages host restaurants, galleries, pubs, and shops as well as a Sunday Farmers Market.