The Lough Gill Drive
The Lough Gill Drive
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markusTyrone
Tyrone365 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
I have circumvented this lough by bike and car and it really is a lovely part of the world. Care needs to be taken as some of the drivers I met don't think that there may be another car around the corner and the roads can be narrow. Worth doing though.
Written 31 October 2021
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patrick m
2 contributions
Sep 2021
Pleasant drive around a partially hidden lake, a few parking/viewing spots along the way. Interesting local architecture such a Parkes Castle and Innisfree
Written 4 October 2021
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Bernie H
Ennis, Ireland163 contributions
Jul 2021
On the most beautiful summer day in July we drove out from Sligo, stopping first at Hazelwood where we walked for about 50mins with terrific views of the lake and its many islands. The lake was being well used for watersports including SUPping, which looked like great fun. On then to Parkes castle and while the castle itself was closed due to Covid, it was possible to wander around the exterior and there were guides to advise on the history. We had beautiful sweet cake & tea at the Village Tea Rooms in Dromahair and then on to the viewing point for the Lake Isle of Inishfree. The walk in Slish woods gave more fabulous views of lough Gill and we continued on to the boardwalk which climbs to a great viewing point with welcome seating. A short walk at Dooney Rock was followed by a visit to Tobernalt Holy well and a well earned rest while we dipped our feet in the cool water at the nearby jetty. A truly beautiful way to spend an afternoon.
Written 27 July 2021
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DevoSteve
Norwich, UK63 contributions
May 2019 • Family
We drove through winding lanes and villages to the southern shores of Lough Gill and on a really fine day the views were devine. Few stopping places so stop at first you see. The water was like glass an hills and crags in background make for many a picture. Before I go all Yeats he is the overriding character in this area as he wrote some of his greatest poems in and about this place. (Go on boat trip for more) The best place to stop on route to Sligo town is Parkes Castle brilliantly situated ,great inside and next to it is the jetty for the boat ride round the lake, highly recommended.
Written 26 May 2019
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Bourlingueur
Albany, NY691 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We drove around Lough Gill the other day. It was still day and the lake was calm and mirror like. It was very peaceful. We paused for a few minutes and looked out at Inissfree.
Written 12 April 2019
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Sean N
Sligo, Ireland16 contributions
Feb 2019
Lough Gill is a somewhat secret beauty. It's true that Yeats wrote a poem or two inspired by various locations around the lake, and if you have the inclination to decipher his verses, you might already know that the lake is indeed a magical place from poetic references alone.
It's worth however being more blunt about the place. It's incredibly beautiful.
It's worth driving around the lake at different times of the day, and ideally on different types of days. It looks equally wonderful on bright sunny days, dark gloomy days, windy days and unusually, perfectly still days. Depending on the mood of the weather and the time of day, the experience will be different.
If you like forest walks, island hopping by kayak, paddle boarding, long distance swimming, fishing, cruising on the lake, hill walking, cycling, talking to people, visiting a castle, ancient abbeys and a pub or restaurant or coffee shop, then Lough Gill is the place to visit.
If it's raining, you can either embrace the weather and go for a paddle or have tea while it blows over.
The view from the timber board walk over Slish wood on the south side of the lake is amazing. The Holy Well at Tobernalt on the Sligo end of the lake is a unique place of pilgrimage and is worth a visit regardless of your theological persuasion. Go in the quiet of the early evening, and take in the atmosphere. Make a wish or prayer that this is just your first time visiting Lough Gill!
Written 12 February 2019
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Vincent D
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland1,219 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
The Lough Gill drive from Sligo Town should be delightful. BUT, as you drive around the lake there are signposts telling you NOT TO DUMP HERE, telling you that you are liable to a €3,000 fine, or reminding you to look out for cyclists- despite the fact that there are no roadmarkings on the roadway indicating a cycle track.
There are no places to stop to admire the view other than Parkes Castle and one at the top end of the lake on a dangerous corner.
Sligo County Council and Sligo Tourism- you could do much better with this potentially beautiful attraction.
Have you never been abroad to see how attractions such as this are to be presented and marketed.
Written 19 November 2018
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sculptor-for-fun
Los Angeles, CA172 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We drove part of the drive and parked at the woods by Hazelwood. The forest walk is stunning and the views are breathtaking. We spent about an hour walking through the forest next to the Lough in late afternoon. The light from the sun across the lake was gorgeous and just made a beautiful scene even prettier. This is a visit well worth your time and I highly recommend taking part of your day to experience this treasure.
Written 8 September 2018
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Paul H
118 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
A great drive with stunning views,you will want to stop more than once for pictures, do this on a good day to get the max of the Veiws, a lovely drive that brings you around many walk ways /historical places ,bring a lunch pack and do the whole lake drive wow ,lovely we Villages you can pop into .class
Written 27 July 2018
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John N
Lisburn, United Kingdom12 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Visited Parkes Castle which is on the shore of Lough Gill. The castle is currently under going renovations so we were given a complimentary tour of the parts that were accessible with an interesting commentary by a member of staff. We then boarded a Lake tour boat and looked at the various sights from the water. The boat captain gave an interesting history of the area and also quoted a number of the poems of W. B. Yeats who was from the area. We also got to see the Isle Of Innisfree which is well known from verse and song. A very enjoyable trip.
Written 11 July 2018
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