The Long Point, Lough Rea

July 2010

The Long Point, Lough Rea, must be one of the nicest, and best maintained, lakeside swimming spots in the whole country.

The Long Point is located a few kilometres outside the town. There is a shallower, sandy area which is ideal for young children to splash and play in. Then there is a deeper section with platforms and ladders which is ideal for more serious swimmers. Somewhat unusually for a lake, the water here is lovely and clear and you can easily see the bottom.

The facilities here are very good. There is ample car parking, seats alongside the lake and a number of picnic tables on a well maintained grassy area. Another quite unusual feature is an indoor changing area with a cold shower. Well done Galway County Council.

Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.

Blue Flag location.


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The town of Loughrea is off the main Dublin Galway motorway - the M6. You take exit 6 and follow the signposts to the town. The lake/swimming area isn't that well signposted but it is just a few kilometres outside the town on the R351 signposted Woodford.


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