Glencar Lough

Glencar Lough

Glencar Lough May 2013 The weather was awful, the water choppy and getting in for our swim was painful. Still, needs must and we stumbled into the blustery waters of Glencar. After driving for what seemed like ages only a swim would restore us. We got in down a slip way at the end of the lake as you come from Sligo. We had to manoeuvre across some sharp stones and ease our way into the dark water. Like all lakes you need to move slowly and carefully. No jumping or diving. When we got into it the water was soft and refreshing. As we emerged we were, of course, glad we had made the effort. We don't know if people swim there in the summer; needless to say, on a wet day in May we swam alone. We aren't sure if the lake is in Sligo or Leitrim, a bit of both we think. Anyway , we are giving it to Leitrim as we have far more swimming places in Sligo. Just beyond the lake is the impressive Glencar waterfall which is well worth a visit and that is definitely in Leitrim. Β View Larger Map Directions: From Sligo take the N15 toward Donegal. Before Drumcliff watch out for the right turn signposted for the waterfall. Follow the not very good signposting along meandering roads and, hopefully, you will come to the lake on your right. Drive toward the end of the lake and you will come to a small tarmacadam car park with the slip way beside it. Β  [...]

Cormongan Pier, Lough Allen

Cormongan Pier, Lough Allen

Cormongan Pier, Lough Allen August 2013 Lough Allen is a lovely lake, wild and unspoilt, and Cormongan is a really good swimming spot. With protection from a pier to one side, this is a nice , semi contained area, where you can get away from the lake's choppier waters. We got in from the slipway where it is sandy underfoot. The water was fresh, slightly wavy, but all the better for that . As you swim out you will have a lovely view across this expansive lake. As ever we didn't venture far - lakes can be dodgy as you can't see underneath the surface. Certainly no jumping or diving from the pier. Beside the slipway there is a small stretch of sandy, shallow water which looks good for a splashabout. We were on our own when we swam there and Cormongan has space for a handful of cars. There are no problems with access. Β View Larger Map Directions: From Carrick on Shannon take the R280 to Drumshanbo. Then take the R207 signposted for Dowra. Travel on this road for a few kilometres and watch for a left turn signposted for the pier. Β  [...]

Drumshanbo Outdoor Pool

Drumshanbo Outdoor Pool

Drumshanbo Outdoor Pool August 2013 This is one of the few outdoor pools in the country and its great to see it looking so well. The pool here was reopened in 2012 and is a small but well maintained facility. The water is crystal clean and even heated, with the usual shallow and deep ends. There are individual changing cubicles along with toilets and showers. You will need to wear a swimming cap . The pool this summer is open 2-8pm , 7 days a week. Adults cost 4.00 euro and children 3.00 euro. Season tickets are also available. Alongside the pool is a good sized green area, tennis courts and a play area, so this is an ideal spot for a family visit View Larger Map; Directions From Carrick on Shannon take the R280 to Drumshanbo. Just before you enter the town you will see the pool and the other facilities on your left. There is car parking on the road. Β  [...]

Keeldra Lough, near Mohill

Keeldra Lough, near Mohill

Keeldra Lough, near MohillJuly 2011Out on its own and all the better for that. Leitrim is not renowned for swimming locations and Keeldra isn't on the main road to anywhere, but it's well worth the effort to find.So far this is the only place we have swum in Leitrim and , hopefully, we will find more. Keeldra has a well maintained swimming area, sectioned off by a concrete walkway which creates a sheltered environment. Underfoot it is sandy and this area is not too deep. It appears to be a good place for children to swim and when we were there a water safety class was underway. [...]

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