Lough Conn and Mount Nephin

ABOUT four miles from Ballina lies LOCH CONN, a large sheet of water, not much less than fourteen miles in length, and varying in breadth from one to three miles, except at the point of junction between the upper and lower lakes, where the breadth is contracted to that of a river.

Lough Conn and Mount Nephin

Lough Conn and Mount Nephin

It is a singular fact that Loch Conn regularly ebbs and flows, though not at periods corresponding with the tides. The lake is situated considerably above the sea, and has no tidal communication with it. The banks are, in many parts, of fine sand, which shows the high-water line. The shores of the lower lake on the west side abound in little bays and creeks, and display some bold outlines.

Pontoon Bridge at Lough Conn

Pontoon Bridge, Lough Conn

The PONTOON BRIDGE, crossing the channel between the upper and lower lakes, is a very beautiful spot; and the view from the rocky hill just above the inn at this place is uncommonly fine.


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