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Lough Gill from Cairns Hill, Sligo.

LOUGH GILL is a most beautiful lake located about 2 miles east of Sligo Town.
The Lake is about 6.5 miles long and 2 miles wide, comprising 3,300 acres.

Its deepest part is 115ft. It has 22 islands, the largest being Church Island and  Beezie's Island.

The Lake also has numerous other places of interest.
Some like  'The Lake Isle of Innisfree'  and Dooney left a lifelong impression on the poet  W.B. Yeats. 

Lake access can be gained from the  pier on the south shore  at Cleveragh, near the mouth of the Garavogue river.
Species of fish caught include Brown trout and Spring salmon.
The Lake has good stocks of Bream, Rudd, Pike and Perch, especially at Hazelwood, Doonee, Kilmore and Annagh.


Tobernalt Holy Well

Serene and beautiful place of Pilgrimage going back to Penal days and beyond to Pagan times.
The main Pilgrimage day is Garland Sunday - last Sunday in July.

Dooney Rock

From the top of Dooney Rock one can view beautiful Lough Gill in its entirety!
Dooney Rock has of course, been made famous by W.B. Yeats in his poem:
'The Fiddler of Dooney'

Slish Wood

In his poem  ' The Stolen Child '  Yeats refers to Slish Wood as Sleuth Wood
-  ' WHERE dips the rocky highland Of Sleuth Wood in the lake '

Clogherevagh House

Once a House of The Wynnes of Hazelwood, now St. Angela's College.
Established by the Ursuline Order in 1950 as a centre of 3rd. level education.

Parke's Castle

Parke's Castle is an early 17th. Century manor-house and bawn (enclosed yard) with towers on the angles.
A Castle of the O'Rourkes of Breffni was situated nearby.

Colga Lake

Colgagh Lake is located a few miles north of Sligo town,
about a mile from Lough Gill.

It is a very small lake but offers a splendid sight when viewed from high ground.

Hazelwood House

Built in 1730 by Owen Wynne to the design of the German architect Richard Cassels who also designed  
St. John's Cathedral,  Sligo & Leinster House, Dublin.

Hazelwood  picnic area & woodland walk is nearby at Half Moon Bay.

Click on Picture (below) for Map of Lough Gill.


Lough Gill, Sligo.

A drive around Lough Gill (25miles) offers some splendid scenery but most people agree, the Lake is best seen from on the Lake itself and if,
like me, you prefer someone else driving the boat - the  Wild Rose WaterBus  provides excellent
guided tours of Lough Gill.

Click images below for full size pics.


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