Annamakerrig Lake

Annamakerrig Lake

Annaghmakerrig Lake April 2011 Don't even think of trying to find this lake without a map, compass or sat-nav, preferably all three. The lake is located in the grounds of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, a retreat where artists can come and stay and work on their artistic creations. Obviously the artistic community are a resourceful lot because there isn't much in the way of signposts, certainly none when you come on the R183 between Ballybay and Newbliss. However, when you do find it Annamakerrig is a lovely tranquil place. You can combine your swim with walks along the lake shore, through attractive forests. The best place to swim appears to be at the old boat house down from the main house. There is a grassy area here and you can get in along the side of the boat house. The water is fresh and cool and there are attractive views as you look across to the forests on the far side. Like all lakes you need to be careful. Swim slowly and beware of submerged rocks. This is a popular fishing lake as well, so on occasion you might be competing with the angling fraternity. Directions : Β View Larger Map Take the R183 from Ballybay toward Newbliss. After you go through the Swans Cross roundabout/junction the turn off for the lake is about 3-4 kilometres further on. However, as there doesn't appear to be a signpost you will need a map or maybe just ask for directions. Β  [...]

Annamakerrig Lake

Emy Lough, Emyvale

Emy Lough, Emyvale August 2011 Located just outside Emyvale, Emy Lough is an attractive location for anyone looking for a swim along the N2 between Derry and Dublin. It would provide a welcome break and chance to stretch, splash and play on a family journey. The lake itself is well maintained with a short wooded walkway leading to a swimming area with a couple of benches and a children's slide. There is a dark sandy area here where you wade in and it is soft underfoot. You are gradually into your depth and it seems to be a good place for children to splash around. However, like all lakes you need to be careful and beware of rocks under the dark water. We can't vouch for the cleanliness and there is a sign at the car park warning of algae. A decent sized car park, along with a couple of picnic tables and a well kept grassy area makes Emy Lough a good place for a swim, a picnic and a stroll. Β View Larger Map Directions: Emyvale is about 6/7 kilometres before the border on the N2 between Dublin and Derry. Coming from Dublin , as you enter Emyvale, watch out for a right turn signposted Emy Lough. A couple of kilometres along this road will bring you to a left turn signposted for the lake. Β  [...]

Annamakerrig Lake

Lough Muckno

Lough Muckno October 2010 There are plenty of lakes in Monaghan and this is one of the nicest ones we know, both for swimming and walking. Muckno is an attractive estate, incorporating a golf course, bar/restaurant and the impressive lake. As you go through the entrance gates a sharp left turn and a bumpy road will bring you to the area called Black Island. There is parking here and then you cross a bridge and take a right turn into the forest. A short walk will bring you to an open grassy area, where there are wooden benches and access to the water. Going in is a little bit stony, but the water is fresh and the views down the lake impressive. Like all lakes you should swim carefully and along the shore. After your swim, there are attractive walks through the forest or you can repair to the bar in Hope Castle. Directions Β View Larger Map Castleblayney is located on the N2 between Dublin and Monaghan town. Coming from Dublin when you arrive into 'Blayney you take a right turn at the T junction in the town which will bring you to the gateway entrance to Muckno. When you go through the gates take a left turn down a bumpy road and park at the bridge. When you cross the bridge follow the forest path to the right which will bring you shortly to the swimming spot. Β  [...]

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