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22 Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Leinster

Leinster

Leinster is one of the provinces of Ireland, situated in the southeast and east of Ireland. The ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial purposes. In later centuries, local government legislation has prompted further sub-division of the historic counties.

Brittas Lake
Brittas LakeBrittas, River View, Co. Laois, Ireland

Brittas Lake, is located in a Coillte forest setting in the grounds of the Old Dunne Estate at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. This beautiful 5 acre lake is now fully restored and access to the lake is gained from the Brittas Road via the Coillte forest road.

Derragh Lough
Derragh LoughDerragh Lough, Co. Longford, Ireland

This is a freshwater lake in the north midlands of Ireland. It is located on the borders of Counties Longford, Westmeath and Cavan. Lough Kinale forms part of the River Inny. The lake's inflow is from Lough Sheelin and the outflow is to Lough Derravaragh. The neighbouring Derragh Lough is also connected by a river to Lough Kinale.

Glendalough Upper Lake
Glendalough Upper LakeGlendalough Upper Lake, Lugduff, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

This is a glacial lake near Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland. The lake is located in the Wicklow Mountains area west of Glendalough Early Medieval monastic settlement. The lake is classified as a ribbon lake. Close to the eastern tip of the lake passes the Wicklow Way, a long distance waymarked walking trail, on its way from Rathfarnham in the north to its southerly point of Clonegal.

Killinure Lough
Killinure LoughKillinure Lough, Kippinstown, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Killinure Lough is a lake in County Westmeath, Ireland, which feeds into Lough Ree on the Shannon. The lough is a brown trout and eel fishery. It is also one of the beautiful picnic location in this area and there are also so many things to see and do here.

Lady's Island Lake
Lady's Island LakeLady's Island Lake, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Lady's Island Lake is a brackish lake in the south of County Wexford, Ireland. It is technically a back-barrier seepage lagoon, one of only two in Ireland. The lake is an important breeding ground for terns. It is estimated that the lake is home to over 1,200 breeding pairs of Sandwich terns and, more importantly, to 150 breeding pairs of the rare roseate tern.

Leinster Blackwater
Leinster BlackwaterLeinster Blackwater, Ballygauge Beg, Co. Laois, Ireland

This is a river that flows through the counties of Cavan and Meath in Ireland. It is a tributary of the River Boyne which flows into the Irish Sea at Drogheda. It has its source in the south of County Cavan, near the town of Bailieborough. It flows through Lough Ramor at Virginia, County Cavan, past Kells, County Meath, before joining the River Boyne in Navan, County Meath.

Lough Bane
Lough BaneLough Bane, Ireland

This is a beautiful lake located in the border of County Meath and County Westmeath in Ireland. The lake is the largest of three lakes in the SAC, the others being Lough Glass and Lough Glass North. It supplies water to the towns of Kells and Oldcastle. It also has so many fish and algae species too.

Lough Bray Lower
Lough Bray LowerLough Bray Lower, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Lough Bray is located on one of the most beautiful mountain saddles in Ireland. Its path has stunning views over both lakes from the rim above, and across the Glencree Valley to the conical Great Sugar Loaf mountain. It is also one of the iconic location for a picnic and also It is an option for some water adventures.

Lough Bray Upper
Lough Bray UpperLough Bray Upper, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

A beautiful lake located in the heart of Wicklow. It has stunning views around and there is also trekking options too. A good picnic location and also fishing is possible,

Lough Derravaragh
Lough DerravaraghLough Derravaragh, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Lough Derravaragh is a lake in County Westmeath, Ireland, north of Mullingar between Castlepollard, Crookedwood and Multyfarnham.This long, shallow lake is best known through its association with the Irish legend of The Children of Lir. Lough Derravaragh is also known as one of Ireland’s most important inland lakes for wintering waterfowl. It is a popular lake for angling and other watersports.

Lough Ennell
Lough EnnellLough Ennell, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

A beautiful lake near the town of Mullingar, County Westmeath, Ireland. The lake is part of the Lough Ennell Special Protection Area. It is 6.5 km long by 2 km wide, with an area of about 12 km2. Lough Ennell has a large area of shallow water with nearly two-thirds of its area being less than 25 feet (8 m) and almost half of it being under 10 ft deep. The lake produced Ireland's largest ever lake brown trout at 26 lbs.

Lough Gowna
Lough GownaLough Gowna, Aghanoran, Co. Longford, Ireland

This is a freshwater lake which is the uppermost lake on the River Erne. It is located on the border between County Longford and County Cavan, with the largest part of the lake being in County Longford. This is a moraine-dammed lake formed at the end of the last glaciation, and owes its complex indented shape to the underlying drumlin landscape. This results in a large number of bays and inlets on the lake, often connected by narrow channels.

Lough Iron
Lough IronLough Iron, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Lough Iron is a small lake on the River Inny, in County Westmeath, Ireland. A long and narrow lake, about 4 kilometers in length, it lies downstream from Lough Derravaragh, close to Lough Owel. It is a renowned bird and wildlife sanctuary, and also known for its coarse fishing. The level of the lake has dropped dramatically since the 1960s due to drainage of the Inny; this has led to the development of freshwater marshes on large areas of the lake bed.

Lough Kinale
Lough KinaleLough Kinale, Ireland

Lough Kinale is a freshwater lake in the north midlands of Ireland. It is located on the borders of Counties Longford, Westmeath and Cavan. Lough Kinale forms part of the River Inny. The lake's inflow is from Lough Sheelin and the outflow is to Lough Derravaragh. The neighbouring Derragh Lough is also connected by a river to Lough Kinale.

Lough Lene
Lough LeneLough Lene, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Lough Lene is situated in North Westmeath between the villages of Castlepollard and Collinstown. It has a rich and varied history. As well as the existence of prehistoric burial sites, Lough Lene also has claims to being the home to Kings and Vikings. The lake is described in Lewis's Topographical as being an irregular oval shape, possibly 3.2 km long by 1.7 km broad.

Lough Ouler
Lough OulerLough Ouler, Laragh West, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

A beautiful lough located in teh heart of Wicklow. this beautiful heart-shaped lake is tucked away at the side of Tonelagee mountain. A good picnic location and also there are so many things to see and do here.

Lough Owel
Lough OwelLough Owel, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

Lough Owel is a mesotrophic lough in the Midlands of Ireland, situated north of Mullingar, the county town of Westmeath. It has a maximum depth of 21 metres. Water from Lough Owel feeds the Royal Canal, a canal crossing Ireland from Dublin to the River Shannon. The lake is close to the N4 primary road.

Lough Sheelin
Lough SheelinLough Sheelin, Ireland

This is a beautiful limestone freshwater lough in central Ireland. The lake is a part of the River Inny course, and ultimately of the Shannon system. The lake lies on the early course of the River Inny, a major tributary of the Shannon,: p.4  a little upstream of Lough Kinale. The lake is 7 km long, and has a surface area of between 1,855 and 1,900 hectares.

Lough Tay
Lough TayLough Tay, Ballinastoe, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

A small but scenic lake set in the Wicklow Mountains in County Wicklow. The lough is fed by the Cloghoge River, which then drains into Lough Dan to the south. The stunning scenery of the Lake surrounded by the mountains makes it one of the most iconic location in Ireland.The shape of the lake with the white sand at the top makes it look like a Pint of Guinness.

Poulaphouca Reservoir
Poulaphouca ReservoirPoulaphouca Reservoir, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Poulaphouca Reservoir is an active reservoir and area of wild bird conservation in west County Wicklow, Ireland. It is also known locally as Blessington Lake. It has a surface area 22.26 km2, making it the largest artificial reservoir in Ireland by capacity and surface area. It has a 27.5-mile shoreline, and is 24.6 miles from the sea.

Map of Lake/ River/ Ponds to explore in Leinster