Things to Do
On arrival at Coolbawn Quay we encourage guests to abandon the car for the duration of their stay.
Besides the wonderful onsite Spa facilities Coolbawn offers, there are a host of activities to be enjoyed in this beautiful natural setting to clear the mind and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Activities include: Bird Watching, Cinema, Cruising, Cycling, Deer Stalking, Dog Racing, Fishing, Golf, Hanly's Woollen Mill Shop, Horse Racing, Horse Riding, Hunting, Hurling, Jogging, Karting, Xtreme Karting, Lake Cruises, Mountain Trecking, an Outdoor Activity Centre, Paint Ball, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Shooting, Shopping, Sightseeing Sky Diving, the Spa, Sunbathe, Take a Dip, Take a Walk, Tennis, Traditional Irish Music, Water Activities, Water Sports and Yoga, .
take a walk
Leave the village and walk to the lookout point of the local woods, The Cominchas. Tread the beautifully wild and ferny pathways leading to the top of the hill with spectacular views of the majestic horseshoe shaped lake below.
Take a stroll out by the Marina to the outer point of the bund and watch the comings and goings of the boats or simply roam about the village taking time to listen to the sounds of the countryside.
When all is perfect, a day on the deck with a clear blue sky is blissful, with 360 degrees of uninterrupted sunshine. Definitely a must when the sun shines. No need to move for drinks or lunch, just call the Clubhouse and it will be served to you without moving an inch.
The reed beds surrounding the marina are a protected environment and provide shelter and home to a vast variety of bird life. For those interested in bird watching, bring the binoculars and the reference books. We will be happy to make up a packed lunch for you so you can wander around for hours enjoying nature at its best.
The lane leading to Coolbawn Quay is approximately 1.5km, Ballinderry 3km to the left and Coolbawn 3km to the right. For the more energetic guest, a good 10k run is a challenge along the meandering roads. On returning to the village a sauna and steam is simply perfect to relax those muscles.
Coolbawn Quay enjoys unrestricted access to the lake providing both Course and Game Fishing. Coarse fishing may be enjoyed from within the inner harbour as the fish gather and frolic about under the deck. Fishing boats are available for hire locally.
take a dip
Test the soft lake waters combining natural springs and bog water and enjoy an envigorating swim in the safe inner harbour. There are some restrictions so it is best to check with reception before taking the plunge.
Not to worry if you have forgotten your mat, we have plenty available at the Spa. The natural harmony on the deck makes it the perfect location for yoga from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting.
A hurling stick sits just inside the front door of each house and with Tipperary being a fine hurling county why not have a go. So with hurl in hand, take to the meadow and refresh your skills at this ancient and highly skilled game.
We have a resident deer at Coolbawn Quay but as he is somewhat elusive it is only the very lucky who catch a glimpse of him. He is sometimes found grazing on the grassland along the driveway but the slightest noise will disturb him. Deer are plentiful in the Forest at Portumna.
We can arrange a private lake cruise from the Marina for a romantic couple or a cruise for a larger group from 10 to 40 passengers. All we need is advance notice and we will be happy to help you organise the perfect cruise for you and your party. This can be organized as a pre-dinner drinks reception or to take you and your guests to a local restaurant for dinner.
If you own a bike and like to cycle, bring it with you. There are extensive cycle tracks for an energetic day of exercise and exploration.
Keeper Hill Cycling Tour
A one day tour with sign posts to the highest point in the Silvermines mountain range. The tour starts and finishes at the Tourist Office, 50 Pearse Street, Nenagh. The terrain is mainly lowland but the final climb to Keeper hill is tough and challenging.
Tourist Office - 067 31610
If you are looking to hire a bike to explore the beautiful Irish countyside then come to Moynans in Nenagh (067 31293) They stock a wide range of mountain bike + hybrid bikes buring the bike hire season. They can also offer advice on routes in the Tipperary area to match your ability. www.moynans.com/bike-hire-tipperary.html
For large groups we can help organise Outdoor Water Pursuits on the lake. These include sailing, canoeing, water skiing and wake boarding.
A natural water source deep beneath the earth supplies our Spa…..treat yourself to a blissful therapy from Dr Haushka, Spa Find or Guinot under the expert touch of our highly skilled therapists.
Situated just 25 mins from Coolbawn Quay, Ireland's first inland dive centre in Portoe has been an "unofficial" alternative dive site for divers for many years. With the opening of this new facility, divers can now have easier access to the water and enjoy the varied depths and underwater features of this well known quarry. With depths ranging from 10m to 40m, there is something for all grades of divers here. Visibility can range from 3m to 15m. www.diveportroe.com
The local hunt is the Ormond Hunt. An afternoon hunting is the perfect winter pursuit. We will be happy to put you in contact with the Master of the hunt who will make all necessary arrangements for you to participate.
There are a number of world standard golf courses nearby:
Nenagh Golf Club - 067 31476
18 hole Golf Course situated 25 mins from Coolbawn Quay
Portumna Golf Club - 0909 741059
18 hole Golf Course situated 35 mins from Coolbawn Quay
Birr Golf Club - 05791 20082
18 hole Golf Course situated 35 mins from Coolbawn Quay
Horse Riding lessons for all ability levels & trekking by prior appointment McDonnell’s Equestrian Centre, Nenagh, 067 31400
outdoor activity centre
Take a spin to Pallas Karting, about 30 minutes from Coolbawn Quay. Take the driving seat, jostling for pole position in one of the fastest and most exhilarating sports in Ireland today on Europe’s largest Karting Centre. Pallas Karting has the green light for an action packed non stop race programme for everyone. www.pallaskarting.com
This state of the art track will test the best driving skills! High powered twin engine racing karts – perfect for the high energy enthusiasts! Approx 35 mins from Coolbawn Quay.
Dunkerrin/Roscrea - 057 9125388
KU EE TU Waterbus
Take the KU EE TU Waterbus – a 53 seater cruiser, with bar on board offering morning, evening and full day cruises on the Shannon.
Ted Knight - 067 24295
Spirit of Killaloe
50 seater luxury passenger boat, upper and lower deck with bar facilities onboard. This cruiser departs and returns to Killaloe – 35 minutes drive from Coolbawn Quay
James Whelan - 086 8140559
traditional irish music sessions
Kennedy’s Pub, Puckane – Wednesday nights 10 mins drive
The Derg Pub, Terryglass –Friday nights 15 mins drive
Larkin’s Pub, Garrykennedy –Wednesday nights 25 mins drive
Rohan’s Bar, Nenagh – Wednesday nights 20 mins drive
Sky Farmers, Newtown – 3rd Thursday of every month 20 mins drive
hanly's woollen mill shop
Located 15 minutes drive from Coolbawn Quay, in Ballycommon, John Hanly and Co was established in 1893 and weaves pure wool, linen and silk fabrics. The factory shop stocks a wide selection of Hanly tweed and linen also Hanly throws, blankets, scarves, hats and caps - 067 24278
Lake Shore Drive www.loughderg.org
Birr Castle www.birrcastle.com
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park www.shannonheritage.com
Discover Lough Derg www.discoverloughderg.ie
Clonmacoise Natural Bog www.clonmacnoisewhsbid.org
Further afield: Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Rock of Cashel and Conemara