Lough Gur

Lough Gur

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Name Lough Gur County Limerick Nearest Town Bruff Access Road R512 About Lough Gur was the site of a Neolithic settlement which was inhabited in 3000 BC and the Lough is surrounded by ancient standing stones, burial mounds, megalithic tombs, and perhaps most impressively, a 4000 year old stone circle just outside the park.

A mock Stone Age hut holds an interpretative centre with audiovisuals and models.

From the more recent history of the lough survives a 13th and 15th Century castle.

Lough Gur, is situated near the town of Bruff.

The lake forms a Horseshoe shape at the base of Knockadoon Hill and some rugged elevated countryside.

It is one of Ireland's most important archaeological sites.

The largest stone in Ireland, at Grange, is located near the lake.

The remains of at least three crannogs are present, and the remains of Stone Age houses have been unearthed (the house outlines are known as "The Spectacles").

A number of ring forts are found in the area, with one sitting atop the hill that overlooks the lake.

A visitors' centre is open beside Lough Gur, along with a car park and picnic area.

The location is pleasant, particularly in the summer months.

A gradual shore-line is present at the visitor area, with a shallow section of lake reaching up to the maintained lawn.

As a result, the area is often used for water sports.

Motorized craft are banned on the lake.