A hidden gem in the heart of the Reeks District

Colette Lawlor

Cappanalea OETC

Stand-up Paddle Boarding on Caragh Lake

You can walk, run, cycle or drive around Caragh Lake – but it’s much better to sample it from the water itself. One of the best ways to do it is on a stand-up paddle board (SUP).

The lake is a hidden gem in the heart of the Reeks District, only a short hop from the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. It has its own treasures with clear waters, native forested shorelines, glaciated mountain cliffs with the high Reeks towering in the background and quite coves for stop offs or campfire lunches.

Nature in and around the lake is in abundance. If you’re lucky you could spot a white tailed eagle soaring above and there will be no shortage of salmon and trout below. Often a herd of feral goats can be seen in the cliffs, while choughs, kestrels, ravens are regular everyday visitors.

The main public access to Caragh Lake is from the northern shore with a small dirt road running to the lakeshore. Other access points can be gained from the roadway which is boarding the lake but do avoid the private fisheries areas from Blackstones Bridge down the Upper Caragh River.

SUP on Caragh Lake provides the opportunities for short excursions or day long adventures with the possibility of afternoon tea at the Ard na Sidhe, or dinner at Carrig House, commencing or concluding your trips from the many lake side accommodation options available.

Cappanalea OETC invites you to explore Caragh Lake whether you choose to go by canoe, kayak or stand up paddle (SUP) board.

Beginner to intermediate
Full or half-day
Available June to August
Official Partner
Cappanalea OETC

Suggested for Afternoon Tea

Ard na Sidhe

Ard na Sidhe Country House is a charming hotel located on the shores of Caragh Lake. Built by Lady Gordon in 1913 in the Arts and Crafts style, its superb natural setting offers something truly special to the discerning visitor. The perfect place to take afternoon tea in the library beside the cosy log fire, or on the sun terrace overlooking the landscaped gardens to the lake beyond.

Ard na Sidhe Country House

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