Houses » Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel and Fishery
The Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel is a charming country retreat set amidst breathtaking scenery in Connemara in the West of Ireland and offering de luxe Country House accommodation with fishing, shooting and many other outdoor pursuits available locally or on the estate. The Lough Inagh Lodge Fishery offers superb Salmon Fishing on Lough Derryclare, the Inagh River and famously the Derryclare Butts in Connemara, Ireland.
The Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel is set snugly in the aptly named Recess of Connemara. By no means a small house, Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel is dwarfed by the magnificent scale of the landscape. It is a charming country retreat with 12 tastefully appointed rooms, five of them furnished to de luxe standards.
Originally a fishing lodge of the Berridge family, the hotel prides itself on its traditional menus based on wild game, fish, seafood and other local produce. In addition to fishing and shooting (in season), activities include pony-trekking, hill climbing and walking. The hotel provides an excellent guide-book of recommended walks.
A day spent in the bracing Connemara air is the perfect prelude to the pleasures of Lough Inagh’s excellent dining room, relaxing bar and cosy library.
The Fishery, which comprises two outstanding loughs, Inagh and Derryclare, as well as the Inagh River, is located at the top of the Ballynahinch system in the heart of Connemara. A favourite fishing location in Connemara is at the point where the Inagh River enters the lakes. These are called Butts and perhaps the most famous of all is the Derryclare Butts - full of the promise of surging salmon and aching arms.
Spring salmon fishing commences in April and peaks during the month of May, with average weights of around 10lbs and the occasional fish up to 20lbs. Grilse reach the lakes in early June and are caught until the season closes at the end of September.
Sea trout, stocks which have fluctuated in recent years, normally constitute the greater part of the summer activity. The larger fish enter the system in late June and are caught right up to the close of the season.