Sailing on Lough Derg
“The islands of Lough Derg are really beautiful, especially Inishcealtra – Holy Island – in Scarriff Bay on the west side. You can land at a little jetty and explore the early monastry established in the 6th century by St Colum. We approached around the southern tip of the island as the northern end looked very shallow. The nearby harbour of Mountshannon has a great tea shop and that alone makes a visit worthwhile. The entrance to Scarriff Bay is guarded by the Middle Ground Rocks and the Lushing Rocks to the south; the hazard is well buoyed but you need to keep a careful look out.
As a destination for a trailer-sailer, Lough Derg is ideal. We had 8 days sailing and could easily have had another 8 days and still there would be more to explore. The facilities for anyone bringing a boat to the Lough are first class and free. The countryside is beautiful, the pubs are great – I recommend Larkins Pub in Garrykennedy – and the people are the most kindly and welcoming you could wish to meet.”
Excerpt from www.watercraft-magazine.com, by Colin Henwood, titled Kite in Ireland