Houses » Delphi Lodge and Fishery
Delphi Lodge is a magnificent country house in a spectacular valley. This classic sporting lodge, elegant but informal, offers guests a charming and historic base for a game fishing holiday in Connemara, Ireland. Delphi's fly-fishing for spring salmon, summer grilse and some sea trout is among the best in the Ireland.
Delphi Lodge is a beautiful 1830s country house in one of Ireland's most spectacular wilderness settings. Sheltered by woods and overlooking a pretty lake, the house stands at the base of Connemara's tallest mountains in a remote and unspoilt valley. It is a perfect hideaway for both anglers and those in search of real peace and relaxation.
Formerly the sporting base of the Marquis of Sligo, Delphi Lodge was completely restored in 1988 and now combines 21st century comforts with the charm and elegance of a bygone era. A well stocked library, a billiard room and a wine list of great distinction help pass the time on rainy days. Dinner taken at a huge oak table is a highlight of the day and is often presided over by the captor of the day’s biggest fish or by the General Manager, Michael Wade, himself an enthusiastic fly fisher.
Nearby are superb sandy beaches, two good golf courses, horse riding stables and all the sights of Connemara, with the delightful town of Westport just 20 miles away. Five charming cottages are also available. Delphi Lodge is open from mid-January to mid-December.
The Delphi fishery is a beautiful, privately-owned river and lake system, famous for its gin clear water, its spectacular surroundings and its unusually long season. Offering a realistic prospect of a salmon on fly at any time from February to September, the fishery has an early spring run of large fish and summer runs of smaller grilse and some sea trout. Delphi fishes best during and after wet weather.
Salmon catches have averaged around 500 per annum over the past ten years, with a record catch in 1998 of 1,043 fish. Around 50,000 tagged salmon smolts are released annually as part of a highly successful enhancement programme.
Fishing at Delphi is limited to a maximum of 12 rods, either bank fishing on the lovely Bundorragha River or boat fishing on two beautiful lakes. Beats are rotated on a half-day basis so that anglers may enjoy a great variety of scenery and opportunity.
Fishing is by fly only (with very limited exceptions). Ghillies (E100 per day) and tackle are available for hire. Fly fishing tuition weekends are held seven times a year.