Doolough Valley and Lake

Doolough Valley and Lake

Doolough Valley and Lake September 2009 Doolough Valley must be one of the most spectacular locations in Ireland Doolough is best approached from Louisburgh where, after a few miles, you come over a hill and meet the wonderful view down the valley. The lake itself, Doo Lough to be precise, is flanked by the Mweelrea Mountains on one side and the Sheffrey Hills on the other. This is lovely place to stop and ramble and have a swim The road runs alongside the lake and there are various places to pull in and have a quick dip. Like all lakes it must be treated carefully, so watch out for submerged rocks and boulders Directions  View Larger Map From Louisburgh you take the R335 which leads you into the valley and to the lake. This road runs all the way to Leenane at the tip of Killary Harbour OS Map No. 37   [...]

Barfinnihy Lake

Barfinnihy Lake

Barfinnihy Lake July 2009 Barfinnihy Lake is set within one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It's right in the midst of lakes, mountains and fabulous views.  The lake is located at the base of impressive Boughil Mountain. You can access it from Mollys Gap where you can stop and admire the spectacular view. Barfinnihy appears to be a fisherman's lake as there were quite a few people fishing from the shore when we were there. We walked around to the far side and had a lovely swim in clear, fresh water. Like all lakes it needs to be treated carefully and watch out for hidden rocks. Directions  View Larger Map; Coming from Kenmare you take the N 71 which runs to Killarney. At Molly's Gap you take the R568, sign-posted for Sneem. After a couple of kilometres you will see the lake on your right and space for car parking on the left hand side.   [...]

Lough Inahagh, Glenveagh National Park

Lough Inahagh, Glenveagh National Park

Lough Inahagh, Glenveagh National Park July 2008 Glenveagh National Park is a fabulous natural resource, taking in some of the finest landscape in Donegal. The park encompasses lakes, mountains and walking trails. Lough Inahagh is on one of the trails, which if you go the full distance will take you to Lough Gartan and Glebe Gallery From the Visitor Centre, which includes an attractive restaurant, you walk along the main road which takes you by the large and tranquil waters of Lough Veagh. After a couple of kilometres you branch off left and follow the track signposted for Gartan. After a short climb you will come to the brow of a hill where you can look down on the dark and calm waters of Inahagh. A scramble down the slope leads you to the lake and the boathouse area is a good place to get in for your swim. Like most lakes the water is dark but refreshing. This is lovely place to relax and you are unlikely to be disturbed by anything except the lapping water and soft winds (that's on a good day, of course!). Not accessible. Remember lakes can be dangerous, so swim carefully Directions  View Larger Map; The park is about 25 kilometres from Letterkenny, but can be approached from many parts of the county. Best to consult your own map. Part covered by Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 2 Route maps of the Park are available at the visitors centre.   [...]

Doolough Valley and Lake

Lough Firrib, Wicklow Gap

Lough Firrib, Wicklow Gap April 2010 This one is only for experienced walkers and, indeed, experienced and careful swimmers. If you do manage to get there, though, it is well worth the effort. Firrib is located in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains and you access it from the Wicklow Gap, which is one of the most scenic locations in the county. Not only do you need to be an experienced walker, you also need to be able to use a map and compass as Firrib can be tricky to find. If you get there you will find a lovely tranquil lake set in spectacular surroundings. The water is cool and refreshing, just what you need after a hike across the bog. Don't be put off by the photos here - it doesn't always snow at Firrib. They just show an old, grey haired fellow trying to be macho (God help him). Remember lakes can be dangerous, so swim carefully. Directions  View Larger Map From Dublin you take the N 11 to Kilmacanogue and branch off here onto the R755 which will take you through Roundwood to Laragh. At Laragh you go onto the R 756 and follow this road up hill to the Wicklow Gap. From the Gap you follow the tarred road up hill toward the Turlough Hill reservoir, about a 30 minute walk. When the road runs out you then need your map to guide you across boggy terrain to the lake. It takes a further 40 minutes. Ordnance Survey Discovery Series Map No. 56   [...]

Doolough Valley and Lake

Lough Owel

Lough Owel April 2010 We don't know much about swimming in Westmeath, but Lough Owel is a good place for a swim and one we often use travelling to and from the West. This is an old style swimming spot with a concrete jetty leading out to a diving board and old, iron ladders giving you access to the water. The water is cool and clear and has very good depth to it. It's a bit stony underfoot so be careful. There are also some concrete steps where you can leave your clothes. We were told that the steps once had wooden seats where, in years gone by, people used come and watch the regattas on the lake. Nowadays, you are more likely to see the odd boat out fishing. Remember, lakes can be dangerous so be careful. Directions  View Larger Map Coming from Dublin on the N4 you pass Mullingar and after a few kilometres watch out for a left turn plus parking signs as you reach the top of a hill. There is a decent car park and a short walk across the railway bridge and down some steps leads you to the lake. It is not wheelchair or buggy accessible.   [...]

Glanteerasig

Glanteerasig

Lough Cuim, Glanteerasig Forest Park July 2012 Even if you never swim here a visit to this out of the way lake is well worth the effort. Located in a Coillte run forest park, Lough Cuim has a fabulous board walk running through its trees and along its shore. With seats dotted along the way this is a lovely place to visit for a walk. Like many lakes the water here is dark and fresh. Where we got in there were submerged rocks and branches. So pick your spot, swim slowly and BE CAREFUL. You will definitely enjoy a visit here and it's a good spot on a nice day for a family outing. Directions: From Tralee take the N86 toward Dingle and then the R560 toward Castlegregory. About 4 kilometres before Castlegregory watch out for a left turn signposted for the forest park. Keep going on this road until you arrive at the park entrance. When you get there you have to drive for a further 3 kilometres through the park until you arrive at the lake.  View Larger Map Ordnance Survey Map Nos. 70 and 71   [...]

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