Lough Owel

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 ย 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. ย  [...]

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Lough Lene

Lough Lene May 2011 Lough Lene is a very attractive and well maintained place to have a swim. Across the road from a good sized car park you pass through a gateway into a well kept area of the lake with a distinct swimming section. There is a nice grassy area to picnic along with some benches, toilets and a small indoor changing room. The swimming area has a board walk out onto the lake with ladders which brings you into your depth. Somewhat unusually for a lake, the water here is quite clear and the bottom sandy . This is a lovely place to swim and its well maintained appearance is a credit to Westmeath County Council. Directions From Dublin you take the M4 toward Mullingar . You leave this at exit 11 and get onto the R394 toward Castlepollard. After the village of Crookedwood you take a right turn for Collinstown. In Collinstown you follow the signposts for the lake which is 3 kilometres outside the town. Ordnance Survey Map No. 41 ย View Larger Map ย  [...]

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Lilliput, Jonathan Swift Park, Lough Ennel

Lilliput, Jonathan Swift Park, Lough Ennel May 2013 Once you find Lilliput its well worth a visit. We looked in vain for a signpost when we came off the M6 and inevitably got lost. Eventually we got on the right road and found our way to Jonathan Swift Park. This is a swimming area designated as such by Westmeath County Council , which is rare and nice to see. To the left of the boathouse there is a stony, beach like surface which leads you into shallow water. A better way to get in is down the steps to the right of the boathouse where it is sandy underfoot and also has a bit of depth. The water was nice and fresh and remained shallow as we swam out. It was nice to have the sand beneath our feet and this seems like a good place for kids to splash and play. However, lakes are potentially dangerous so watch out for submerged rocks. No jumping or diving The park itself has plenty of space with a picnic table and a large sand pit right in front of the swimming area. Right beside the park is the Lilliput Adventure Centre which organises various adventure courses. There is ample car parking and it is accessible. ย Update April 2015: A 2014 report on bathing water quality conducted by the EPA found the water quality in Lough Ennel 'poor' .You might want to check out the current state of play with the County Council. View Larger Map Directions: From the M6 take exit 4 onto the N52 toward Mullingar. Watch out for a left turn onto the L122 signposted for Ballinagore. After that you will pick up the signposts for Jonathan Swift Park/Lilliput. There are a number of them so watch carefully and they will lead you to the lake. ย  [...]

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Lough Derravaragh

Lough Derravaragh September 2010 We don't know of too many swimming spots in Westmeath, so Lough Derravaragh is a decent enough place to get a dip. This looks much more like a fishing and boating lake but for swimmers there is the advantage of a slipway from the large car park which will lead you into the water. Apart from the car park we saw a solitary picnic table but there is a rough grassy area to sit on after you have had your swim. Directions ย View Larger Map Derravaragh is located on the R394 and coming from Mullingar watch out for a left turn signposted for the lake a few kilometres before Castlepollard. ย  [...]

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