Gartylough, Arvagh

Gartylough, Arvagh

Gartylough, Arvagh July 2011 We are not quite sure of the status of this swimming pool area, located just beside Gartylough. To call it a proper swimming pool would be stretching it and there was no one there to ask when we visited. We know, however, that it is used for water safety classes. The pool is fenced in, quite shallow and must be good for children to splash and learn. Outside the pool is the large lake itself, but we didn't venture in on this occasion. So, more a place for children to have a swim if you are passing through, but check with Cavan County Council if it is open to the general public. Right beside the pool is a children's play area and toilets Β View Larger Map Directions: From Cavan town take the R 198 toward Arvagh. As you drive through the town look right at the end of the main street for the play area and lake. Ordnance Survey Map No: 34 Β  [...]

Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park

Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park

Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park July 2011 Lough Oughter is set in the very attractive surrounds of Killykeen Forest Park, a national park full of trails for walking and with plenty of water, and fish, for the fishermen. The swimming area is a good place for a dip, with a small stretch of sand leading you into the soft lake water which is also sandy underfoot. There is quite a good depth here and as you swim out you get a panoramic view of the lake surrounded by its impressive, broadleaf forests. Don't get carried away, though, as you are quickly out of your depth. Be careful that you don't swim in the other areas marked with warning signs. They are there for a reason. Killykeen has ample parking and numerous picnic tables. There are basic toilets before you cross the footbridge to the swimming area. Β View Larger Map Ordnance Survey Map No: 34 Β  [...]

Annagh Lake, Butlersbridge

Annagh Lake, Butlersbridge

Annagh Lake, Butlersbridge July 2011 Cavan seems to be particularly good at organising water safety classes for young people and Annagh Lake is another location where these classes are run. When we were there a number of children were undergoing instruction. We had a swim later on and there is a nice soft feel to the lake water as you swim out. Located on the road from Cavan to Enniskillen this is a handy place to stop for a quick dip. There is a decent sized car park, picnic table and a good sized grass area for lounging in the sun/rain/mist. Β View Larger Map Directions: From Cavan town take the N3 toward Enniskillen. About 6/7 kilometres beyond Cavan you come to the 1st turn left signposted for Annagh. Ignore that turn(!) and a couple of kilometres further on you will come to the car park for the swimming area. Ordnance Survey Maps No: 27 and 34 Β  [...]

Lough Ramor

Lough Ramor

Lough Ramor September 2010 The day we swam in Ramor it was wet, windy and deserted, so we certainly didn't see it at its best. This is a large open lake, popular with anglers and boaters of various types. Access to the water is down a slipway from the large car park and if you like your water choppy , then you are likely to get it in this open environment. Apart from the good sized car park there are also some seats looking out on the lake. Directions View Larger Map Lough Ramor is located beside the town of Virginia, just off the N3 which runs between Cavan and Dublin. When you come into the town you will pick up signposts to the lake. [...]

Lough Sheelin

Lough Sheelin

Lough Sheelin September 2010 In a county with no seashore, but any amount of lakes, Sheelin is one of Cavan's attractive lakeside swimming spots. This particular location is a small harbour type area, clearly designed for anglers and their small boats. While the lake itself might get choppy this area is fairly well protected, so you can swim in a bit of comfort. Along the small harbour wall there are a couple of places where there are steps which lead you into the soft lake water. As well as a large car park there are a couple of picnic tables and a small grassy area to sit on after your dip. Directions Β View Larger Map From Virginia take the R194 toward Granard and Longford. After the town of Ballyjamesduff you will come to a T junction where you turn left onto the R154 toward Oldcastle. You travel on this road for a couple of kilometres where you will come to a right turn onto the L7079 and signposted for the lake. Β  [...]

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