Date visited: 12th July 2009
A walk and a swim that’s well worth the effort.
Start at the pier gates , if you come from the sally gap will give you spectacular views of lough Tay
This is a private estate but is open to walkers and hikers ( but not dogs). You start down a tarred road where after a short while you come to a sign which says Lough Dan 2 Irish Miles. From here its about a 40-50 minute walk
The tarred road leads you across a wooden bridge , across a stile and then onto a soft grassy track with stone walls on either side. To your left runs the River xxx and in the large often wet fields a large herd of deer often graze. As you proceed the large broadleaf bend low almost touching the rivers water
The grassy track leads to an old derelict two story house and from there you can wend your way to the lakes edge and a small sandy area
Here is the lake on one side and behind you the river runs into lough dan
The lake is large and impressive with knocknacloghue on one side and kanturk on the other
The lake bottom is sandy and not too deep as you enter. A gentle lapping sound and a nice spot for a picnic. No fires.
Directions : Take the r115 military road from Dublin city past glencree to the sally gap. Here take the r759 signposted roundwood after you pass lought ay you come soon to a large set of gates with a sign for the lough dan estate