Lough Hyne is Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and is located among rolling green hills 5 km south west of Skibbereen in West Cork. This marine lake is fed from the sea by a narrow tidal channel known as ‘The Rapids’. This unique lake and its surrounds are home to a rich and varied range of plants and animals, including many rare and beautiful species. Since it was ‘discovered’ by marine biologists in 1886, scientists have carried out pioneering research in experimental ecology. Their continued research into the factors governing the distributions of marine animals and plants make Lough Hyne one of the most- studied marine sites of Europe.
The area is great for walking, cycling, bird watching and it located beside the Knockomagh Wood Nature Reserve. The maps below shows the locations of all activities