The helpful tourist office (June–early Sept Mon–Fri 9.30am–1pm & 1.45–5pm; t 090/974 1910) is on Abbey Street, which runs parallel to and south of the main street, St Brendan’s Street (where Kearns Transport buses stop). If you’re so tempted by the water that you want to live on it for a week or two, contact Emerald Star, who rent out self-drive cruisers from the marina at the east end of town (t 071/962 7633, w

There’s plenty of accommodation in Portumna, including the swanky Shannon Oaks Hotel and Country Club (t 090/974 1777, w; €151–200/£101–140; various packages and self-catering also available), which boasts a long list of facilities including a popular restaurant and bar, a twenty-metre swimming pool and gym, in spacious grounds at the west end of St Brendan’s Street. Just around the corner on St Brendan’s Road, welcoming Oak Lodge B&B (t 090/974 1549, w; €61–90/£41–60, good single rates) offers cheery, pine-furnished, en-suite rooms with free wi-fi, in a flower-bedecked modern bungalow; guests have full use of the leisure facilities at the Shannon Oaks.

The Beehive (open Tues–Sat daytime, Thurs–Sun eves; t 090/974 1830), a basic café-restaurant on St Patrick’s Street, just off the south side of the main street, serves salads, sandwiches, simple pastas and other main courses and cakes, plus tasty, popular pizzas in the evenings. Opposite is Dyson’s (t 090/974 2333; Wed–Sat evenings, Sun daytime; good-value set menu Wed–Fri, plus Sat until 6.30pm), a smart, pricey restaurant that rustles up such delights as rack of lamb with a cassoulet of cabbage, leeks and bacon. Among Portumna’s pubs, Horan’s (The Corner House), at the corner of St Brendan’s and St Patrick’s streets, is a likely sport for an impromptu session on any night.

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