About Lough IneLough Ine, sometimes spelt 'Lough Hyne', is well known as one of the most romantic spots in West Cork. It was designated Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve in 1981 and boasts an amazing array of unusual marine and bird life. This enchanting stretch of water is Europe's largest sea-water lake, connected to the sea by a narrow tidal channel. The ruins of Cloghan Castle, once a fortress of the O'Driscoll clan, are still visible on the island at the centre of the Lough.
Knockomagh wood climbs up the hill overlooking the lake, offering beautiful walks and superb views of the lough and surrounding coast. Along the paths you may come across ancient ruins and sacred wells.
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