August 2012

Lough na Fooey is a bit out of the way but worth the effort, especially if you like fresh water swimming. It is one of those rare lakes that has its own sandy beach area, a sandy bottom and fairly clear water.

There is a gradual wade in into the lovely soft water and we didn’t come across any rocks near to the shore. But be careful if you swim away from the beach area.

This is a nice place for children as they have the small beach and then shallow water to splash in.

The location is impressive with hills surrounding the whole lake.


From Galway city take the N59 toward Clifden. At Maam Cross take a right turn onto the R336 signposted for Leenane. Follow this road until you eventually come to a right turn signposted for the lake. As you come down the steep hill to the lake watch for a sharp turn which will lead you to a grassy area where you can park beside the beach.

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