Killaloe & Ballina

Birthplace of Brian Boru, last high king of Ireland, Killaloe is a cozy village connected to Ballina by an ancient arch bridge that crosses Lough Derg. From here, you can climb to the highest point of the Arra Mountains and enjoy the spectacular views from the Five Counties Scenic Lookout (which actually offers views of six counties on a clear day). Nearby you will find the Graves of the Leinstermen, an 11th Century burial site of a Leinster King and his army who were killed when Brian Boru’s wife sent a surprise attack to foil plans of a marriage to her daughter.

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