Killaloe National Water Activity Centre

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Killaloe National Water Activity Centre

The National Water Activity Centre (NWAC) of Scouting Ireland is situated 20km from Limerick City on the shores of Lough Derg which is just 3km from the village of Killaloe in County Clare. The site is bounded on one side by an extensive forest on hills with panoramic views of Clare and Tipperary.

Lough Derg is one of Ireland's most picturesque and largest lakes along the river Shannon waterway with the villages of Mountshannon, Garrykennedy, Terryglass and Portumna on its extensive shoreline. Killaloe is a picturesque village at the southern end of the lake with excellent outdoor and water sporting facilities. It is the home of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland in 1102, when it was the Capital of Ireland.



The Chalet on the lake shore sleeps 24 people in 2 dorms and 8 more in 2 leader rooms (bunk beds) and has a fully fitted kitchen.

Limited camping is available nearby by arrangement.


Activities on offer

The centre is the ideal location for water activities. The centre can provide canoeing, sailing, rafting and fun water based activities where you can explore the water with the comfort and security of trained staff. If you are experienced in water activities then the centre is an ideal base to explore the beauty of Lough Derg. There are islands to visit and historical sites which can be approached from the water.


The centre operates a flotilla of four Lelievlet vessels which can be used for rowing and sailing. There is a mixture of dinghy craft such as the Topper, Topper Taz, Topper Topaz and Laser Pico - and a number of powered rescue craft, flat-top kayaks and canadian canoes.

Hiking, orienteering, bivvying and backwoods programme can be enjoyed in the surrounding hills and forested areas. There is an array of activities available in the region whether availing of the hills or the amenities on offer in nearby Killaloe and Mountshannon, the University of Limerick campus or the not too distant Burren landscape.


The centre draws its staff from interested volunteer Scouters, Rover Scouts, Venture Scouts and Scouts from Scout Groups in the mid-west - Clare, Limerick and Tipperary - the training of staff is provided by the Irish Sailing Association.


If you are looking for a water based scouting programme look no further.


Killaloe National Water Activity Centre
Lough Derg
County Clare
Republic of Ireland
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