Top 10 Bodies of Water in Western Ireland, Ireland

May 22, 2022 Jacquiline Darosa

Discover the best top things to do in Western Ireland, Ireland including Lough Gill, Lough Corrib, Lough Melvin, Keem Bay, Lough Gill, Roundstone Bay, Glencar Lake, Lough Gara, Tobernalt Holy Well, Galway Bay.

1. Lough Gill

Ireland
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5.0 based on 9 reviews

Lough Gill

This sizable lake is located just southeast of Sligo.

2. Lough Corrib

Ireland +353 95 41116 [email protected]
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5.0 based on 23 reviews

Lough Corrib

Reviewed By michaelmE5451AW - York, United Kingdom

In the past we have done the tour near the near the shores of Lough Corrib on bicycles but this time we used a friend’s boat. There are also boats for hire at several locations around the lough, and boatmen are also available. We headed out for a cruise into the Lough and had great views of the many islands and the multiformed Connemara Mountains. The lake (lough” in Irish/Gaelic) is famous for its salmon fishing and wild brown trout, with the added avantage that angling is free on Lough Corrib, which is 33 miles long from Maum Bridge to near Galway City, making it the second largest lake in Ireland with over 365 islands. After tea in the majestic Ashford Castle we later visited the adjacent Lough Carra and Lough Mask in county Mayo – stunning in fine weather and a most enjoyable area to visit.

3. Lough Melvin

Kinlough Ireland
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5.0 based on 1 reviews

Lough Melvin

4. Keem Bay

Dooagh, Achill Island Ireland http://www.visitachill.com/en/keembay.html
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5.0 based on 591 reviews

Keem Bay

Reviewed By ed_eddaly

One of the finest beaches you'll see anywhere globally. Perfect bay, very clean and a wonderful hike

5. Lough Gill

Sligo Ireland
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5.0 based on 6 reviews

Lough Gill

Lough Gill is a shallow lake with alkaline waters located on the western outskirts of Castlegregory in County Kerry.Ireland’s only toad, the natterjack, can be found at Lough Gill. The very shallow waters suit the toad and Lough Gill is recognised as one of the most important areas for natterjacks in Ireland supporting about two thirds of Ireland’s breeding toads.

Reviewed By 333JohnM333

Spent half a day with a leisurely drive around the lough with our first stop at Isle of Innisfree with a great view across the lough and plenty of walks. Highly recommended

6. Roundstone Bay

Roundstone Ireland
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Roundstone Bay

A scenic expanse of water: great for fishing.

7. Glencar Lake

Sligo Ireland +353 87 228 3149
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4.5 based on 302 reviews

Glencar Lake

Reviewed By orlaithm695 - Kemptville, Canada

Do not let this spot pass you by. It is gorgeous. Views are stunning. Stopped for a lovely cup of coffee in the nearby Waterfall Cafe.

8. Lough Gara

Garabandal Garabandal Garabandal Monasteraden, Sligo Ireland 353-78-20170 http://www.loughgararidingstables.com/
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Lough Gara

9. Tobernalt Holy Well

Sligo Ireland 353-71-61201 http://www.holywellsligo.com
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Tobernalt Holy Well

Reviewed By DaveyIRL - Dublin, Ireland

Went with a pal early one morning. This is an amazingly beautiful peaceful place. The feeling of peace and tranquility was fantastic. It is visually gorgeous with a lovely stream flowing. It has the sense that this has been a place of healing for centuries. You can purchase candles to light at the various altars or simply enjoy the quietness of the place. Oh you will probably need to drive to it but if you do there are stunning roads beside the lake nearby. Enjoy and say a prayer for people visiting (and the odd reviewer)

10. Galway Bay

Galway Ireland http://www.galway-ireland.ie/galway-bay.htm
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4.5 based on 835 reviews

Galway Bay

Reviewed By SOAZgirl

First My trip was in May 2019, not August, so the foot traffic was not so crowded and I could meander along at my leisure. I'm a former Seattle native, now living in AZ, and being near the water again, in this magical town on the Atlantic ocean fulfilled any desire to feel what was lost was found again. Anyone visiting Ireland really needs to consider Galway as a place to visit and fall in love with, as I did. I hope to visit Ireland again in 2021 and am planning on Galway as my base of operation. Maybe I can get a job at the local tour agency!!

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