Lough Oughter is a group of lakes in the heart of County Cavan. Situated on the course of the river Lough Erne, the complex extends over almost 9 hectares, offering magnificent scenery overlooking the Irish countryside and its lush river banks! An ideal spot for fishing, a stroll in the open air, or a short nap in the shade of the trees!
Lough Oughter is surrounded by the villages of Belturbet to the north, Cavan to the east, Crossdoney to the south and Killeshandra to the west. It is especially appreciated for its peace and quiet, as well as the great diversity and richness of its flora and fauna. For example, the lake is said to be a wintering ground for Whooper Swans, as well as the home of the Ruffed Grebe, a species of water bird thought to be virtually extinct at the time. The bio-diversity of Lough Oughter is therefore particularly interesting!
The lake is also home to the Killykeen Forest Park, a beautiful forest park where you can walk along the shoreline. On the program, gigantic trees, marked trails and mossy stones: a great place for nature lovers!
Don’t forget your hiking boots and fishing rod in your backpack! The site abounds with ideal fishing spots, and you might be lucky enough to bring back from your excursion a magnificent pike or other fish from the lake!
You will be able to admire the Cloughoughter Castle, a superb 18-metre high ruined castle, isolated on a small island not exceeding 100 metres in diameter! Magnificent, it would have been built by the Anglo-Normans during the 13th century, and destroyed in 1653 by British cannon fire. Unfortunately, it can only be admired from the shore, but it’s worth the detour!