Lough Hyne, West Cork

June 2011

Lough Hyne is Ireland's first marine nature reserve and a lovely place to swim into the bargain.

This lake is home to over 1000 underwater plant species along with a number of rare fish. The water is clear, fresh, salty and perfect for swimming. When we were there a number of wet suited swimmers were doing distance swims, so it's clearly a place where swimmers congregate. The lake is surrounded by woodland so as you swim out into its clear waters you have a calming, tranquil view.

Access to the water is via a slipway or you can get in off a low wall.

There are places to park across from the lake along with a couple of picnic tables.

 
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Directions:

From Skibbereen take the R595 toward Baltimore and after a few kilometres watch out for a left turn signposted for Lough Hyne

Ordnance Survey Map No; 89

 

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