|Clonrush, Meelick Bay, Cregg Walk
(Marked with blue arrows)
|| 12 km; 4 hr; Start: Map 59 R750890
A pleasant walk on country roads with attractive views of Lough Derg.
Heading south out of the village, take a left turn at the Post Office. Pass the creamery on your left. Turn left at the second junction opposite The Nightingale pub (R749884). Continue for 400 m to a Y-junction (Meelick Cross R752880).
Keep left and continue to Clonrush Bay (also marked Meelick Bay and Church Bay depending on the map referenced), a distance of a little more than 1 km. Clonrush Cemetery is passed on the way. Having paused to admire the scenic view and visit the ancient cemetery, return to the Y-junction at Meelick Cross.
Turn left at the junction and travel for 800 m to a T-junction (R746872). Turn left and walk the short distance to the lake. This sandy shore area is a favourite playground for local families. Life saving and swimming classes are held here annually.
Among the islands you will see from here is Crane Island (R753866) where you may see some of the many cranes that nest there.
Retrace your steps to the T-junction (R746872) and continue straight ahead. After about 200 m you pass an old forge on your right.
Continue to the crossroad (R739882) and proceed straight ahead across the Mountshannon to Whitegate road. Proceed to the junction with the Upper Line road (R733886) where you turn right.
Continue to Cregg Cross (R740901) and again turn right. This whole area has interesting flora and fauna. From here follow the road in a south-easterly direction back to the village. On the way you pass Cregg Lake and, closer to the village, the local hurling field and childrens playground.