Caragh Lake

Location

13 km south west of Killorglin overlooking Caragh Lake

Site Description

Located on a hillside overlooking Caragh Lake this site offers picture perfect views of the lake and it's small islands; Robert's Island and Illaunbuddoga. Seefin mountain stands sentry to the rear of the lake with Dingle Bay and the Atlantic ocean visible behind.  The lake is freshwater with a surface area of 490ha, mean depth of 11m and maximum depth of 40m (The Central Fisheries Board, 2008).  It is widely know for salmon fishing.

The forest itself comprises of 60 hectares of diverse species mix including Scots pine, beech, Norway spruce, Lodgepole pine and Sitka spruce that was planted in the 50's and 70's with oak, ash, birch, alder and holly having been planted in the mid 00's. Sika deer have been spotted at times in the woods along with foxes and rabbits.

The Caragh Lake trail and Mountain spur are highly recommended. The trails guide the walker around the road network of the wood. The mountain spur is short and rewarding with 360° views that include Killorglin, the Magillycuddy Reeks, the Dingle peninsula and the Atlantic.
Definitely worth a visit!

Caragh Lake Features

Picnic Site, Walking Trails, Car Parking,

How do I get there?

Take the N 70 ( ring of Kerry road ) south west from Killorglin for 8 km, pass the "Red Fox Inn", take a left at sign for Caragh Lake, travel 4 km and take a right, travel 1 km to forest entrance on the left. 

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Parking

No of car spaces:Limited
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Contact Info

Contact name:Michael Creedon
Contact email:Michael.creedon@coillte.ie