Take a cruise around Ireland’s great lakes
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Southern Mayo brands itself as the Lake District of Ireland. While other regions may also claim that title, Mayo has the advantage of incorporating part of 176sq km Lough Corrib, the second biggest lake on the island of Ireland.
Lough Corrib is also the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland, with a reputed 365 islands. These islands can be explored on daily cruises from Ashford Castle pier in Cong. www.corribcruises.com
Lough Mask, Mayo’s second major lake, is known for its thriving population of Arctic Char, a rare pre-glacial species in the salmon family that is almost extinct in Europe. It is also home to large 4.5kg ferrox trout and some fine brown trout.
Lough Conn is famous for its brown trout fishing, as are Lough Carra and Lough Cullin. Boats, rods and gillies can be hired in the villages surrounding these watery havens.
Check out fishing on Mayo’s lakes and rivers