Ard na Gaoithe

Location

3.5 km south of Cong village on 3rd class road off Cong/Corr na Mona road.

Site Description

This is a pleasant location on the shores of Lough Corrib, with its many beautiful islands. Close to the car park there is a swimming area, which is safe for bathing. This was a favourite amenity site which was first made famous by the Guinness family, who lived in nearby Ashford Castle up to 1939. Lord Ardulan erected a chalet here, overlooking the lake for his wife Olive, who spent many hours here reading and writing. Olive returned the complement when he died, by erecting an obelisk to his memory, which still stands on the site. The chalet overlooks Ardulan island from where Lord Ardulan took his name. On viewing over the great lake you notice a large island in the distance. This island is Inchagoill island. There are many archaeological features on the island and it is accessible by boat from Ashford Castle and Lisloughera pier near Cong.

Ardnageeha has a rich cover of Coniferous/broadleaf mixture, including Larches, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, Oak and Spanish chestnut. The late spring brings the rhododendrons into full bloom also bilberry ,bog myrtle, mini bamboo and laurel. The fauna include the red squirrel ,pine martin, badger, stoat and fox.
The lakeshore has many birds living in its environs, including cormorants, water hens, herons, swans and mallard.

Ard na Gaoithe Features

Walking Trails, Picnic Site,

How do I get there?

From Ballinrobe town take R334 to the Neale village. From here, take R345 to Cong Village. Outside Cong there is a Y junction. Take the left road towards Corr na Mona for approx 3km. Turn left off this road and you will see the signage for Ardnageeha.

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Parking

No of car spaces:16
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Contact Info

Contact name:Frank Flanagan
Contact email:frank.flanagan@coillte.ie