Lough Allen is a lovely lake, wild and unspoilt, and Cormongan is a really good swimming spot.
With protection from a pier to one side, this is a nice , semi contained area, where you can get away from the lake’s choppier waters. We got in from the slipway where it is sandy underfoot. The water was fresh, slightly wavy, but all the better for that . As you swim out you will have a lovely view across this expansive lake.
As ever we didn’t venture far – lakes can be dodgy as you can’t see underneath the surface. Certainly no jumping or diving from the pier. Beside the slipway there is a small stretch of sandy, shallow water which looks good for a splashabout.
We were on our own when we swam there and Cormongan has space for a handful of cars. There are no problems with access.
Directions: From Carrick on Shannon take the R280 to Drumshanbo. Then take the R207 signposted for Dowra. Travel on this road for a few kilometres and watch for a left turn signposted for the pier.