Lough Gill

Lough Gill , Co. Sligo

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Lough Gill is picturesque lough in which the lake isle of Innisfree is located. This was made famous by W.B. Yeats who wrote the poem when he felt homesick for Ireland and imagined the sound of the water at Innisfree. Also on the banks of Lough Gill you can climb Dooney Rock where you can see all of the lough.

Lough Gill is the last stop for the waters of the Garavogue River before they make their way to the sea at Sligo Bay. The lough (gaelic for lake) is the subject of several poems by William Butler (W.B.) Yeats, who spend many years in the area and immortalized the region's beauty in his poetry. Surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains, the lake is a favorite fishing ground and makes a wonderful day's excursion in a row boat, rented locally.


A photo of Lough Gill - on the right in the distance
is Beezie's Island, the only island on the lake that was ever

  A view of Lough Gill taken from Dooney Rock, a
rock outcrop located in the Slish Woods, and subject of the
famous "Fiddler of Dooney" poem by Yeats.


The " Lake Isle of Innisfree" made famous by

William Butler Yeats in his 1892 poem. It is actually a very
small, unassuming outcrop a short way from the eastern shore of the lake.


Beezie's (Gallagher) Island as seen from the road to the Holy

Well at the back side of Cairns Hill. The island has a derelict
house were the famous local once lived.

Located on the shores of Lough Gill on the Sligo-Dromahair road is Parkes Castle which built by one of the 'Planters' early in the 17th century. The castle is rectangular in shape, and has three levels with mullioned windows and diamond-shaped chimneys. It forms part of one side of a five-sided bawn with large rounded turrets at two corners.

The entrance to Parkes Castle is through a passage-way in the ground floor of the house. The castle has undergone extensive restoration, both within the castle and the buildings lead on to the courtyard, which include a smithy and a tea room.

Sligo 's Holy Well (Tobernalt) is located a short distance from the shores of Lough Gill and is a beautiful spot. During the eighteenth and part of the nineteenth centuries, Catholic Masses were banned by the British in Ireland, forcing locals to celebrate Mass in hidden areas like this.

Another view of Lough Gill, showing its more "mysterious" side. .

Above kindly re-produced with the permission of www.sligo-ireland.com

Lough Gill is a large lake, nearly six and a half miles long and two and a half miles wide.There is public access to the lough from a pier on the south shore at the mouth of the Garvoge River, at Inishfree Pier and at Shriff Bay. Lough Gill holds browntrout and salmon. It gets a big run of spring salmon and has produced salmon on opening day in recent years. Most of the salmon fishing is done by trolling and February and March are regarded as the best months. Lough Gill also holds a good stock of brown trout, but they tend to be difficult and slow to take a fly, except during the mayfly hatch, when fishing can be good. Boats and outboard motors are available for hire.


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Address: The Blue Lagoon, Sligo, Sligo Town, Sligo, Republic Of Ireland