A salt water lake, Lough Hyne (or Ine) contains rare sea life and is Ireland’s only Marine Wildlife Reserve. The nearby woods are popular amongst walkers for the spectacular view from the top of Knockomagh Hill.
Lough Hyne was probably a freshwater lake until about four millennia ago, when rising sea levels flooded it with saline ocean water. The lake is now fed by tidal currents that rush in from the Atlantic through Barloge Creek. The stretch between the creek and the lake is known as “The Rapids.
A wealth of information on activities such as hill walking and kayaking aswell as the Loughs history can be discovered in advance in the Skibbereen Heritage Centre in Skibbereen. The ruins of Saint Bridget’s Church are on the shores of the lake, as well as St. Brigets Well (the church & well though are not accessible to the public), where the imprints of her knees are said to be visible in the rocks. Castle Island is located in the center of the lake. The island contains the ruins of Cloghan Castle, once a fortress of the O’Driscoll clan. There are
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