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Lough Gill is about 8 kilometers long and 2 kilometers wide. It drains into the River Garavogue near Sligo Town. The picturesque lake is surrounded by woods and contains about 20 small islands, including the Lake Isle of Innisfree made famous by poet William Butler Yeats.

There is public access to the lough from a pier on the south shore at the mouth of the Garavoge River, at Inishfree Pier and at Shriff Bay. Lough Gill hosts brown trout and salmon.

Explore the wonderful landscape of Lough Gill on board a traditional open boat. Departing from the centre of Sligo Town, these boat trips travel along the Garavogue River for 30 minutes to reach the beautiful lake of Lough Gill.


Glencar Waterfall is situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometers west of Manorhamilton in County Leitrim. It is particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk. There are more waterfalls visible from the road, although none is quite as romantic as this one which is mentioned by WB Yeats in his poem ‘The Stolen Child’.