Walking & Cycling – The Cavan Way
The Cavan Way is situated in the centre of a great inland recreation area stretching from the Erne lakes in Fermanagh to the North Leitrim Glens. The marked trail of the way extends for 25 km (16 miles) from Blacklion to Dowra. It links up with the Ulster Way at Blacklion. A map of the route is on display in both Blacklion and Dowra. Along the Cavan Way look for the flora and fauna of the area, enjoy the clean fresh air of the Cuilcagh Mountains and enjoy the beauty of the countryside. Whenever you begin the walk, i.e. Blacklion or Dowra, be assured of an equally pleasant experience. This description, however, is assumes Blacklion as the starting point.
The Cavan Way runs approximately from north-east to south-west through varied and interesting country. The name Blacklion originated from an Inn that stood where the Old Blacklion Inn is now. The earliest record of the Inn is 1785. All that remains of the Inn are the stables which are now used as a store and are located on the first 20 meters south on the Way.
The routes starts on tarmac, going south from Blacklion Crossroads, rising steeply, then falling before rising again to make a sharp turn right (H081/375). Heading west now for about ½ km there are already wide views north over Lough MacNean, into Fermanagh, before a turn left is made, going south again, up a narrow, steep tarmac boreen, which ends at a farm in Corratirrim, reached by a fork left (H076/3645). The cliff which dominates the skyline to south-east as you climb is the Hanging Rock. A large rock, blown down ‘the night of the big wind’ in 1839 , was once balanced on the edge of the cliff, hence the name, Local legend says that a salt trader on his way to Sligo took shelter from the storm at the base of the rock and was buried under it. From the gate east of the farmyard, the Cavan Way goes uphill to the right, over grazing fields, keeping near stone walling on the right, with slight outcrops of rock, until the broad crest of the hill is reached (H075/360).
The view here ranges, not only over Upper and Lower Lough MacNean and Fermanagh, but also west to the Sligo and North-Leitrim Mountains, while to the north-west in clear weather the summits of South Donegal are seen. This remarkable section of the trail goes past a considerable stretch of limestone pavement similar to that in the Burren, Co. Clare, split and fissured into square blocks. Similar ‘paved’ outcrops can be seen to the right and left, the latter barely half a mile eastward, beyond the Border in Fermanagh. Over the grassy crest the Way counties south, with views ahead to Cuilcagh Mountain and Tiltinbane, rising above a belt of forest. Crossing a stile over the stone wall on right, the Way next slants about south-west down a fairly rough slope, over broken ground with clumps of rushes (boggy after rain), then across another stile into Burren State Forest (planted 1956), bearing right over a wooden footbridge, across an extra large drain, then turns left and goes southerly along the edge of a forest compartment, rising slightly. ‘Burren’ means stony place and is strategically placed at the head waters of the Shannon in limestone country.
This was the natural crossing place form North to South and East to West for man and his animals. South of Cuilcagh was bog and the Erne Valley System would have been marsh and wood with high water level resulting in settlements being established on these hills from prehistoric times. The 200 acres of Burren Forest shelter many megalithic tombs and ancient field systems. The dates of these tombs have not been accurately determined but the sitting of them could have some religious significance and whether (as a Stonehenge and Newgrange) they have a calendar connection will require further research. (For guided tours of Burren, contact Jim at +353 (0)71 9853299)
Crossing the drain again the Cavan Way leads to a forest road, turns left and comes to a forest opening (at H076/354) where there are the remains of an old farm cottage behind which is located the ‘Druid’s Alter’, also known as the ‘Calf House’, a magnificent megalithic structure, a dolmen with a massive earth-fast capstone, the chamber beneath partly built-up in recent times to shelter animals, hence the name. Back on the Cavan Way at the forest opening, turn left to head easterly on an un-surfaced ride line for about ¼ km, until a steep rising path is taken to the left, leading up north north-east to a small grassy plateau where a very fine passage grave is seen, traditionally the burial place of a giant who collapsed and died after attempting a second jump across the nearby ‘Giant’s Leap’. (This structure is marked as one of a group of megalithic tombs, on 1/50000 sheet 26, at H079/353).
The Way goes south-east from the Giant’s Grave to a stile ion the forest fence, crosses this leads on south-west to right, between an old stone wall and the forest boundary. Ignore another stile at a right angle bend, keeping on south-east to the corner of the forest, looking down into the hallow of legalough, with a view extending away east into Fermanagh. The route goes down easterly into this hallow (rather squelchy after rain), curving slightly right to south-east to join a path on the stamp of an old boundary fence, leading up south to a very stoney track where you turn right to go south-east to join a road and turn right again. (Neither this track nor the farm to which it leads just west of Legalough itself are shown on Sheet 26, 1984 edition). The road is now followed westerly with several sharp bends and steep rises for about 2 km to reach legeelan Crossroads (H068/339), with fine views south towards Tiltinbane and Cuilcagh, also west ahead, to the summits on the Leitrim boundary. The impressive northern face of Cuilcagh recalls that this was a major station for the original Ordnance Survey of Ireland, 1828, when the Sappers camped for months on the summit, plotting the bearings of distant mountains including keeper (near Limerick), 165 km (103 miles) of the longest ‘ray’ observed in Ireland.
Beside Legeelan Cross in Moneygashel Post Office. Moneygashel Means ‘the Thicket of the Round Cashels’. The thicket is gone and of three original cashels but one now remains in good condition 800m west, off the Way. 100m west at the Post Office is the remains of a sweat house, last used in 1923. In it a turf fire would be lighted for six hours until the stone structure was well heated. The fire would then be raked out and fresh rushes spread on the floor. Two people always went in together for safety and the door would be closed off. They then sweated for one hour to sweat the ‘poison’ out of the system. On leaving the sweat house they would sometimes take a dip in the nearby stream.
Returning to the Cavan Way turn left at the crossroads to start going southerly, avoiding all turns left for nearly 2 kms until a standard ‘Cavan Way’ stile is seen on right. Then turn right here, level at first, then down hill, the Way being clearly marked by another stile and footbridge, before entering another small forestry, heading west by ride line, then turning left to come down to a ruined farmhouse (shown as a sound house on Sheet 26 H054/318). Here the route turns sharp right, heading west north-west leaving on left the iron turnstile, whence a path leads in 5 minutes to the small grove marketing the Shannon Pot, the name of the Shannon Pot is Lug-na-Sionna. The origin of the water in the 15 m wide pool is mysterious. Back on the trail the track from the ruined farm continues westerly, past a car park, to join tarmac and turn left. This is about the half-way point on the Cavan Way (H048/322). There follows about 11/4 km on tarmac crossing the Shannon Bridge.
Then ¼ km further south you go right, along a narrow tarmac boreen west south-west along a light ridge into Derrynatuan, with the view south now dominated by the Play-bank (542 m), called the Playground on old maps, one of the ancient Lughnasa assembly places. Almost 2 km from the Shannon Bridge road the Way turns left, leading at once to the ‘Sixty Pound Bridge’ (H031/289), a concrete structure built in 1948, the only footbridge over the Shannon, already a sizeable river here thanks to the incoming of the Owenmore which drains all Glangevlin. Immediately south of the concrete bridge, turn right across a stile, then follow a path on the edge of the Shannon, here a broad rocky stream. There are stiles, and the Way briefly quits the river bank to avoid farm lands, then reaches another bridge linking Corratubber Upper to Tullynafreave (H021/289). A stile gives access to tarmac here, you turn left, going south-west at first, then forking right to follow a narrow up-and-down boreen mainly south-west to Cashelbane.
This Cashelbane road is notable for the ruined cottages due to the high emigration in the past. From one of these cottages a family left for America in the 1880s without telling the neighbors. The cottage was there with the dresser, old delph and old furniture until the roof fell in. It was all mysterious until a man remembering meeting the family near Drumshanbo heading for Galway. At a T-junction another bridge is seen on right (H003/278). Do not cross this but bear away south, to left, and just about a kilometer brings you to the Dowra-Glangevlin road where a turn right brings you to the final stretch of the Cavan Way, westerly into Dowra, the first town on the Shannon. Dowra bridge was built with stones from Carrick-on-Shannon jail, and the village itself. The first houses to be built were dated only from 1860 when the police barracks was built.
Some special wildlife spotted at Esox Lodge
A beautiful Osprey has been spotted from the house up above the bend of the river it was getting chased and harassed by two crows trying to get it to move on. Ospreys are superb fishers and indeed eat little else—fish make up some 99 percent of their diet. Because of this appetite, these birds can be found near ponds, rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways around the world. Ospreys hunt by diving to the water’s surface from some 30 to 100 feet (9 to 30 meters) up. They have gripping pads on their feet to help them pluck fish from the water with their curved claws and carry them for great distances. In flight, ospreys will orient the fish headfirst to ease wind resistance.
Ospreys are sometimes confused with bald eagles, but can be identified by their white underparts. Their white heads also have a distinctive black eyestripe that goes down the side of their faces. Eagles and ospreys frequent similar habitats and sometimes battle for food. Eagles often force osprey to drop fish that they have caught and steal them in midair.
Human habitat is sometimes an aid to the osprey. The birds happily build large stick-and-sod nests on telephone poles, channel markers, and other such locations. Artificial nesting platforms are common in areas where preservationists are working to reestablish the birds. North American osprey populations became endangered in the 1950s due to chemical pollutants such as DDT, which thinned their eggshells and hampered reproduction. Ospreys have rebounded significantly in recent decades, though they remain scarce in some locales.
Most ospreys are migratory birds that breed in the north and migrate south for the winter. They lay eggs (typically three), which both parents help to incubate. Osprey eggs don’t hatch all at once, but are staggered in time so that some siblings are older and more dominant. When food is scarce these stronger birds may take it all and leave their siblings to starve.
Spotted high in the sky further up river from Quivey Lough
The buzzard, although not a native of the Eastern Counties, is apt to appear in both Lincolnshire and Norfolk from time to time. Basically this, our largest and most graceful bird of prey, prefers wooded hillsides, and is mostly found in Wales and Scotland. However, it does turn up in the most unexpected localities, and it is as well to acquaint ourselves with it. The buzzard is easily distinguished from all other species of hawk by its size alone. The wingspan may vary between 48 inches to 60 inches with a body length of some 20 inches. Its plumage is a rich brown, with lighter markings beneath.
In flight the wings have a ragged, moth-like appearance as this bird glides to and fro at a tremendous height. It is a slow flier, and has little chance of catching its prey on the move. The usual tactics which it adopts is to perch motionless on a branch of a large tree, its markings being excellent camouflage, rendering it almost invisible. It is a patient bird, quite content to sit for hours at a time until a young rabbit, a rat or a mouse chances to pass beneath it. Then it will swoop down on to its unsuspecting prey. The ‘mewing’ of the buzzard is unmistakable as it soars in the sky, calling frequently. Wood pigeons and songsters flee at its appearance, yet rarely do they fall prey to this large hawk.
For many years this bird was persecuted by game preservers who believed that it was detrimental to both pheasants and partridges. However, seldom does it bother with game, although if a poult happens to venture close to where it is lying in wait, it will swoop down on it. Yet, the buzzard does not exist in such numbers for it to be a constant danger to the game preserves, and quite rightly it has been placed upon the list of protected birds. Fortunately, at this present time, buzzards are on the increase.
Extinction was feared during the crisis years of myxomatosis when this bird’s staple diet was almost non-existent. However, as the rabbit population re-established itself, so did the buzzard. The buzzard will also feed on carrion, a fact that often brings the blame on to it for a killing for which it was not responsible. Sometimes a buzzard will attack new-born lambs, particularly if the ewe is unable to defend its young, but mostly it feeds on the natural casualties of a lambing season. All too often the distressed shepherd does not realise that this is the case and unjustly (and illegally!) persecutes this bird of prey.
The otter was spotted along the riverbank at the bottom of the garden, and it also ran across the deck in front of the house late one night.
Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs, with webbed paws. Most have sharp claws on their feet, and all except the sea otter have long muscular tails.
They have a very soft, insulated underfur which is protected by their outer layer of long guard hair. This traps a layer of air, and keeps them dry and warm under water.
Many otters live in cold waters and have very high metabolic rates to help keep them warm. Eurasian otters must eat 15% of their body-weight a day, and sea otters 20 to 25%, depending on the temperature. In water as warm as 10°C (50°F) an otter needs to catch 100 grams (3 oz) of fish per hour to survive. Most species hunt for 3 to 5 hours a day, and nursing mothers up to 8 hours a day.
For most otters, fish is the primary staple of their diet. This is often supplemented by frogs, crayfish and crabs. Some otters are expert at opening shellfish, and others will feed on available small mammals or birds. Prey-dependence leaves otters very vulnerable to prey depletion.
Otters are very active, chasing prey in the water or searching the beds of rivers, lakes or the seas. Most species live beside water, entering it mainly to hunt or travel, otherwise spending much of their time on land to avoid their fur becoming waterlogged. The sea otter does live in the sea for most of its life.
Otters are playful animals and appear to engage in various behaviors for sheer enjoyment. Different species vary in their social structure, with some being largely solitary, while others live in groups – in a few species these groups may be fairly large.
There are a pair of nesting kingfishers every year in the canal under foleys bridge.
The Kingfisher is a small and plump with a very short tail but has disproportionately large head and long dagger-like bill.
Its plumage is beautifully bright: the back and tail are iridescent “electric” blue, the crown and wings are greenish-blue. The underparts and cheeks are an orange-red, and the throat and collar are pure white. The legs are red.
The sexes are very similar, the main difference being the colour of the lower mandible: the male’s bill is all black while the female’s is black with red on the lower mandible.
Juveniles are similar to adults, but the plumage is duller and greener and the tip of the bill is white. Their flight is fast and direct and often very low over the water, and so all you see is a bright blue flash as they pass by. There is much dispute as to whether Kingfishers have a song. Whether or not they do, the commonest call is a shrill whistle “chi-keeeee”.
Feeding Freshwater fish are the main part of the Kingfisher’s diet, but they will also take aquatic insects and more rarely crustaceans, molluscs and small amphibians.
When fishing, they perch on a branch over or close to the water watching and waiting for a fish to swim by. They dive in to the water for the fish, inevitably catch it, and then return to the branch where they will stun the fish before swallowing it head first.
Nesting The nest is usually in a tunnel, 30-90 cm (12-36″) long, in a bank next to slow-moving water. The tunnel is excavated by both sexes and is not lined with any material.
The eggs are white, smooth and glossy, and are almost round at 23 mm by 20 mm. The male and female take turns incubating the eggs, and both adults feed the young.
Again the mink seen at the end of the garden, he swam under the jetty and worked his way along through the reeds looking for eggs and ducks.
There are two living species referred to as “mink”: the American Mink and the European Mink. The extinct Sea Mink is related to the American Mink, but was much larger. All three species are dark-colored, semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals of the family Mustelidae, which also includes the weasels and the otters.
The American Mink is larger, and more adaptable than the European Mink. It is sometimes possible to distinguish between the European and American mink; a European Mink always has a large white patch on its upper lip, while the American species sometimes does not. Thus, any mink without such a patch can be identified with certainty as an American Mink, but an individual with a patch cannot be certainly identified without looking at the skeleton.
Taxonomically, both American and European Minks used to be placed in the same genus Mustela (“Weasels”), but most recently the American Mink has been re-classified as belonging to its own genus Neovison.
The American Mink’s fur has been highly prized for its use in clothing, with hunting giving way to farming. Its treatment has also been a focus of animal rights and animal welfare activism. American Mink have found their way into the wild in Europe (including Ireland) and South America, after being released from mink farms by animal rights activists or otherwise escaping from captivity. They are believed by some to have contributed to the decline of the less hardy European Mink through competition (though not through hybridization — native European mink are in fact closer to polecats than to their North American cousins). Trapping is used to control or eliminate feral American Mink populations.
Mink oil is used in some medical products and cosmetics, as well as to treat, preserve and waterproof leather.
Lough Erne Golf Resort
For the golf enthusiast The Faldo Championship Course, is an exciting challenge. The routing of the course has been planned carefully to take full advantage of the natural topography; providing eighteen spectacular Golf Holes. Fourteen holes where the waters of the Loughs come into play including a green surrounded on three sides by water – a course that will excite the best of players! Superb All Year Round Playing Conditions. The home of PGA star Rory McElroy.Telephone: +44 (0)28 6632 3230 or 048 6632 3230
Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club
Ballyconnell t: +353 (0)49 9526444 e: email@example.com The 18-hole championship course at the Slieve Russell has since become one of the top ranking courses in Ireland and is cited as one of the great courses world wide. Forming part of 300 acre estate, with 50 acres of lakes, the course is sensitively wrapped around the lakes and drumlins of Cavan. Multiple tee positions facilitate all golfers with championship tees demanding strategic shot marking. The Summit Bar & Restaurant at the clubhouse have magnificent panoramic views over the golf course.
County Cavan Golf Club (18 Hole)
Drumelis House, Cavan t: +353 (0)49 4331541 e: firstname.lastname@example.org Founded in 1894, Cavan is one of the oldest clubs in Ireland. The 18-hole, par 70 layout measures 5634 metres. A feature of the parkland course is the number of mature trees, some over 100 years old. The closing 6 holes are a challenge for all golfers. Facilities include a bar, restaurant, PGA professional and driving range. Cavan County Golf club is situated 2 miles from Cavan Town on the R198 to Killeshandra.
Farnham Estate Golf Club
Farnham Estate, Cavan t: +353 ( )049 4377700 e:email@example.com www.farnhamestate.com July 17th 2008, 9 holes of a Jeff Howes designed golf course will open for play at Farnham Estate. This stunning parkland course is spread over 500 acres of rolling countryside and dense woodland and measures over 7,000 yards in length. The two nines are contrasting in nature. The gentle but challenging journey on the front nine explores the undulating meadows of this magnificent estate while the back nine is a more vigorous test of golf, traveling through denser more rugged woodland. This a long track by any standards and to ensure optimum enjoyment and year-long play, there are tarmac buggy paths throughout. More details on greenfees and residential golf packages are available on request.
Angling Guide – Cavan, Butlersbridge, Belturbet, Redhills, Ballyconnell, Killeshandra (click here for map)
1. Woodford River – slow moving for bream, roach, perch and pike.
2. River Erne (Clooninny and Foley’s Bridge) – a popular stretch for competitions and holds bream, roach, perch and pike.
3. Edenterriff Lake and Killylea Lake – limited swims for roach and bream.
4. Woodford River – the narrow river above Ballyconnell has a big stock of roach, perch, some bream and pike.
5. Tomkinroad Lake – easy access for bream and roach. It also holds perch and pike.
6. Killywilly Lake (Cranaghan) – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch and pike.
7. Aghavoher Lake – a small lake with roach bream, perch and pike.
8. Carn Lake – this small lake has some tench to 4lbs., also roach and perch.
9. Greenville Lake – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch and some tench.
10. River Erne, Naghan (Tully’s): Lough Dooley Lane – the river from the town stretch has roach and then some bream opposite the Marina at the bend and downriver. Access over long field at car park (Tully’s). ‘Lough Dooley’ stretch of the river has bream, roach, perch and pike.
11. Grilly Lake – holds roach, bream, perch and pike.
12. Drumlaney Lake – along main road but with other access from small road along east side. Bream, roach, perch pike.
13. Commons Lake (Ballinlough) – access difficult and holds roach, perch, pike and some bream.
14. Putiaghan Lake – access down steep hill. Fishing from stands but best tench from a boat. Holds tench, bream, roach, perch, pike.
15. Bun Lake – fishing from stands. Holds tench to 5lbs., roach, bream, perch and pike. Take care parking car along narrow main road at stile.
16. Ardan Lake – fishing along main road and also has access from narrow side road. Has good stock of bream, roach, perch and pike. Access along this side road at stiles only.
Derryhoo Lake – a small water for roach and bream.
17. River Erne, Bakersbridge – shallow at the bridge, the pool up-river holds bream and 400 metres further along the right bank of the river there are also good bream and roach. The deep pool down from the bridge also has bream, roach, perch and pike.
18. Annagh Lake – a brown trout water, fishing is by fly only from a boat. Controlled by the Northern Regional Fisheries Board. Boats are available and may be booked in advance.
19. Drumlane Lake – A rich water with bream, roach, perch and pike. A slow water, it calls for serious fishing.
20. River Annalee, Knockfad and Curraghanoe Bridge – a good stretch for bream and roach. Access from two points. Deep pools at top of stretch near bridge. A match water with 50 pegs.
21. River Annalee, Deredis – the river at Butlersbridge holds roach and has some bream 400metres downriver. Deredis pool, with its eddies, has good roach, perch and bream. The Cavan River here is good for roach in the winter.
22. River Annalee, Derryheen – above the bridge there are bream and roach and close to the bridge it is shallow, with roach and perch. Down river (400 metres) the large pool is good for bream.
23. River Erne, Carratraw – the best fishing here is down in Inishmuch Lake at the river entry. 600 metres to the right as the water narrows bream abound. Access also from the Weir where there are good bream, perch, roach and pike. Carafin Lake holds a good stock of bream and roach.
24. Deralk Lake, Tully Lake – bream, roach, perch and pike.
25. Tullyguide Lake – easy access for bream, roach, perch, pike. The inflowing river from the Town Lake and the outlfowing Castle River also have good roach.
26. Eonish Lake – A competition stretch with 50 pegs. Bream, roach, perch, pike. Easy access along the stretch.
27. Corglass Lake – good bream, roach, perch, pike. Access over stile and fish to the right. For Rann Point see 31.
28. Tirliffin Lake – access through gate only, fish to right near rocks for good bream, roach, perch, pike. River Erne, Derryna, at the end of the road is shallow with uneven fishing for roach mostly, with perch, bream and pike.
29. River Erne, Flynn’s Pass – sometimes shallow and stoney. Best swims down to reeds. Bream, roach, perch, pike.
30. Lough Inchin – fishing from stands for bream, roach, perch, pike. Also produces tench to 4lbs. in May/June. Park car along narrow road with care.
31. River Erne/Lough Oughter, Inishconnell/Rann – the best swims here are to the right of the car park and looking out to the castle. Bream, roach, perch, pike.
32. River Erne/Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park – the best fishing is in the Chalet Competition stretch, to the left of the Cottage. The first pegs are very deep close-in and on the upper stretch from the Hydrants the depth graduates from 14 to 5 feet. This complete stretch (52 pegs) holds bream, roach, perch and pike. Fishing is also good below the bridge to the right but note that the bottom is stoney.
33. River Erne, Trinity – easy access for bream, roach, perch and pike. Fish in shallow channel or to the right for bream.
34. River Erne, Slanore/Monnery – a long, narrow river stretch with bream, roach, pike and perch.
35. Tawlagh Lake, Carr’s Lough – close to the River Erne, good for bream, roach, perch and pike. Limited swims.
36. Glasshouse Lake – bream, roach, perch and pike.
37. Rockfield Lake – central to Carrigallen, Arva and Killeshandra, competition stretch, 30 pegs, easy access and parking, good bream, roach, perch and pike.
38. Cullies Lake – close to Carrigallen, this is a good bream, roach perch and pike water.
Belturbet is a lively and bustling town on the River Erne and conveniently located on the N3 road from Dublin to Enniskillen. An excellent base for exploring the river and the Shannon-Erne Canal, cruisers can be hired in Belturbet and the marina in the town facilitates cruisers of all sizes. The River Erne with its many lakes dominates the area and the river is joined by the Shannon Erne Waterway below the town. The river is navigable south of the town into Upper Lough Erne and beyond.
Ardan Lake: Near Milltown with limited roadside car parking. Good fishing for Tench, Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch and Pike.
Drummany Lake: Limited access. Common species and some Tench.
Putiaghan Lake: Access adequate with car parking. Fishing from stands. Common species and good stock of Tench. Good pike fishing.
Grilly Lake: Roadside car park with fishing from stands.
Long Lake: Limited roadside parking. Good pike particularly from boats in the lower end of lake.
Killylea Lake: Limited roadside parking. Fishing from a clean bank. Common species and some Tench.
Drumard Lake: Limited car parking on far side of lake. Fishing from a clean bank.
Amoneen Lake: Limited parking and only some swims for good Bream, Roach, Hybrids, Perch and Pike.
Upper Lough Erne, Derryvoney:Access via lakeside car park to a good 20 peg stretch. Good pike fishing.
River Erne Baker’s Bridge: Roadside car parking at bridge and downstream.
Putiaghan: Roadside car park. Fishing in pools between shallower stretches.
Town Stretch: Various access points above and below the bridge (above bridge trout fishing only, permit required) and at the mooring areas. Common species and some Tench.
Creamery Stretch: Limited parking beside a good stretch. Common species and some Tench.
Naughan Lough Dooley: Access via car park to some swims fishing for Roach, Bream, Hybrids, Perch and Pike.
Clowninny: Access via a lakeside car park to a 25 peg match and pleasure stretch.
Folies Bridge: Car park at bridge.
Derryvoney: Access via roadside car park.
Ballyconnell is a vibrant and picturesque town in West Cavan located on the Shannon-Erne Waterway. The town offers many fine pubs and eateries and is surrounded by good quality lake fishing and on the waterway. The area is renowned for good pike fishing. Much of the network of lakes along the Shannon-Erne Waterway offer excellent bank and boat fishing.
Killywilly Lake: Limited roadside car parking with fishing from a good shore. Good pike fishing.
Tomkin Road Lake: Limited roadside car parking with fishing from a good shore.
Culliaghan Lake: Access road to lakeside car park. Fishing from 35 stands including a 25 stand match length. Dedicated stand for disabled anglers. Boats available for very good pike fishing.
Coologue Lake: On the Shannon Erne Waterway, with boat access. Car park at Burren Bridge.
Derrycassan Lake: On the Shannon Erne Waterway with boat access. Access road to car park. Developed match length fishing. Good pike fishing.
Access points at Skellan, Ballyheady Bridge, Killarah and at Ballyconnell. Below Skellan Lock (Lock No.3) there are 8 concrete stands with good fishing particularly for Bream and Roach. There is a car park upstream of Ballyheady Bridge. At Killarah, there is road access to car park where there is a 50-peg match length. There is mooring for boats at Ballyconnell and a number access points adjacent to the town.
The Lodge is decorated to a high standard, each bedrooms having two single beds with two bedrooms having their own en-suite bathrooms and a third bathroom with double shower. The Kitchen is equipped with all mod cons, and the living area with TV DVD etc
If you seek peace and tranquillity you can spend your time relaxing in the gallery enjoying a glass of wine watching wildlife and boating throughout the day. In the morning wake up to the sun rising over the river.