Lough Sheelin

by | 9 Sep 2010 | Cavan

September 2010

In a county with no seashore, but any amount of lakes, Sheelin is one of Cavan’s attractive lakeside swimming spots.

This particular location is a small harbour type area, clearly designed for anglers and their small boats. While the lake itself might get choppy this area is fairly well protected, so you can swim in a bit of comfort. Along the small harbour wall there are a couple of places where there are steps which lead you into the soft lake water.

As well as a large car park there are a couple of picnic tables and a small grassy area to sit on after your dip.


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From Virginia take the R194 toward Granard and Longford. After the town of Ballyjamesduff you will come to a T junction where you turn left onto the R154 toward Oldcastle. You travel on this road for a couple of kilometres where you will come to a right turn onto the L7079 and signposted for the lake.

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1 Comment

  1. Dermot Crean

    Hi Dermot is my name. Am new to the Cavan area ‘Ballinagh’.. Wondering where is the best/safest place for open water swimming in Lough Sheeling is.. Or if there are regular group swims official or unofficial on certain day. Thanks in advance


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