Lough Ennell Lake

Ciara Whelan and Jon Slattery, The Holiday Show TV3

"Jon and I went to Westmeath for the most recent series, and it was fantastic. Before that the only thing that would have prompted me to go to Westmeath for a weekend would have been maybe a hen party.
We were up really early one absolutely freezing morning to go out on a lake on a boat. As we walked towards the water, the sun was just rising and it was spectacular. If you'd experienced that in somewhere like South Africa you'd be bowled over, gushing about the experience. But when these things are on your doorstep, we don't always appreciate them in the same way.
What an under-rated county! It's beautiful with plenty to do and see. The people are so nice there too, that really makes such a difference. Westmeath is most certainly my recently-discovered hidden gem”.

Bloomfield House Hotel is located on the shores of Lough Ennell.

Public piers and jetties are located at Bloomfield House Hotel, Buttlersbridge, Whitesbridge Bay, Ladestown and Lilliput. There is good public access off the Mullingar - Kilbeggan road and off the Mullingar - Castletown Geoghegan road.

One of the best ways to see Lough Ennell is from the lake itself! Lilliput Boat Hire provides everything you need to have a highly enjoyable day on the lake. This lake provides an ideal location for you to explore the sites and wildlife of Lough Ennell. The islands around the lake, the surrounding woodlands and walkways make this a safe haven for all the family to enjoy.

This lake covers an area of 3200 acre (1,300 hectares). A feature of the lake is its huge area of shallow water. Nearly two-thirds of it is less than 25 feet and almost half is under 10 feet deep. There is a good stock of wild brown trout averaging 2lbs. with 3 to 4 lbs frequently been taken. The Irish record for brown trout wich weighted 26lbs. 2ozs was taken on this lake.

The season opens in March at which time the fly fishing areas are limited. Depending on weather conditions, the best areas at this time are Kilcooley Bay and from Burrow Hill to Hump Shallow - both on the west shore.

Most parts of the lake fish well especially Carrick Bay, Rinn Point to Northwall, Dysart, Keoltown and the area off Hope's Point. From the end of September and early October wet fly fishing is very good with bags of 2-3 fish common.

Michael Flanagan - Mick is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on the Midland Lakes. He also operates a Gillie Service.

Tel: (0)44 9348969 or 087 279 7270 | Email:
Lilliput Boat Hire - Address: Lilliput, County Westmeath
Mobile: +353 (0)87 6492866

Boat Hire Eileen Hope - Eileen Hope is a boat hire operator for fresh water fishing on Lough Ennell. 
Address: Lough Ennell, Mullingar, County Westmeath
Tel: +353 (0)44 9340807. 

Guided Boat Trips and Wildlife Tours of beautiful Lough Ennell

Allard Midland Lake Tours

A day of adventure and exploration for all the family.
Explore the beautiful bays and islands of Ireland's most beautiful Loughs with an expert ecology guide in a traditional lake boat. 
Your guide Brendan, a former Marine Biologist, will entertain you with fascinating facts and information about this beautiful Lough and the animals that call it home.
Tours start on the shores of Lough Ennell at BloomfieldHouse Hotel.
 For a detailed tour itinerary, tour location and to book a tour contact Brendan.
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