Continuing the Secret Ireland series in the Irish Independent, Pol O Conghaile focuses on Lough Derg - mostly along the Co Clare and Co Tipperary border area.
However, he begins to the north in Portumna, Co Galway and includes Beal Boru Fort, near Killaloe; Garykennedy, Holy Island and Mountshannon.
Lots of outdoor activities: walking, cycling, water skiing and kayaking as well as a number of historical and heritage sites:
You can check out the area later this month at the East Clare Walking Festival (21st-23rd October, 2011):
Further information on Lough Derg: