things to do

It's all about doing as little as possible. On arrival at Coolbawn Quay we encourage guests to abandon the car for the duration of their stay.

Besides the onsite facilities, 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.

go for a walk

Take a stroll out by the Marina 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.

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 in the rays

When all is perfect spending time on the deck under a clear blue sky is blissful.  Definitely a must with 360 degrees of uninterrupted sunshine. No need to move for drinks or lunch, just call the Clubhouse and it will be served to you without moving an inch.


bird watching

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.


go for a jog

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.

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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 invigorating swim in the safe inner harbour. There are some restrictions so it is best to check with reception before taking the plunge.



The natural harmony on the deck makes it the perfect location for yoga from sunrise to sunset, weather permitting.


With Tipperary being one of the finest hurling counties in Ireland, why not have a go.  Take a hurl in hand, take to the meadow and refresh your skills at this ancient and highly skilled game.   Hurling sticks are available at the Clubhouse.


lake cruise

Arrange a private lake cruise from the Marina for a romantic couple or  a larger group,  12 - 50 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.

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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. 

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water activities

For large groups we can help organise Outdoor Water Pursuits on the lake. These include sailing, canoeing, paddle boarding, water skiing and wake boarding.

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spa treatments

A natural water source deep beneath the village is our water source…..treat yourself to a blissful Spa Find therapy under the expert touch of a highly skilled therapist.   Advanced booking essential.


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


water sports

Offering wakeboarding, water-skiing, wake-skating, wake-surfing and body-boarding. You can either visit Mark Dunne of Watermarque at his base in Portumna, or for larger groups, he can bring his activities to Coolbawn Quay.


outdoor activity centre

Univeristy of Limerack Activity Centre in Killaloe is a safe and versatile platform from which you can launch your tailor-made assault on the outdoors, so whatever your outdoor needs why not pay them a visit



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.


Puckane Tennis Club
Visitors are very welcome and can enquire and book a court at Kennedy’s Shop in Puckane Village, bring your own racket.

Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club
Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club is located close to the town centre on the Limerick Road - 06733103

dog racing

Thurles Dog Track, located 50 minutes drive from Coolbawn Quay offers an excellent night at the Dogs from 8pm. There are two spacious bars, which offer you a chance to soak up the atmosphere and excitement of greyhound racing


horse racing

Thurles Horse Racing, (0504 22253) situated 50 minutes drive from Coolbawn Quay with races running from October to March with full bar & restaurant on site.



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


Nenagh Ormonde Cinema - 067 31363
Opens 7 days a week with screenings of all the latest movies!



Nenagh Town offers an array of individual boutiques for Ladies, Gents and Children’s wear.


hanly's woolen mills

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
Birr Castle
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Discover Lough Derg
Clonmacoise Natural Bog
Further afield: Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Rock of Cashel and Conemara