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Water Activities

Explore our water activities


At most stages of the tide, it is suitable to launch kayaks from the pier at Maghery. Gentle paddles include following the coast to visit Inisheane (Inis Éan) and explore inner Dungloe bay and its wildlife. Another short paddle west from the pier is to the little bay of Caslaghtermon to view the 12th century ruins of Templecrone Church and the Termon stone circle.

The other islands of Inishfree and Inishal can also be accessed from here. For the experienced sea-kayaker, Maghery beach can be the starting point for visits to the islands of Illancrone, Inishkerragh and Arranmore. The highpoint for the sea-kayaker is the route from Maghery beach to the pier at Marameelan. Sea-arches, sea-stacks, deep caves and tunnels abound, combined with spectacular cliff scenery will provide a very memorable trip.


The pier at Maghery provides a good slip to launch small craft. Dungloe bay can be easily explored from here giving good opportunities to observe the resident seal population. The route between Termon and Inishal gives access to the open sea. It can be quite complex with tides and directions. Ask locally for advice.


The clean and crystal clear water on the coast make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Large kelp beds interspersed with golden sands ensure that a large variety of marine life is visible. Popular locations for snorkeling are the rocks off Maghery beach called ‘Carrickcarn’ and the coast around Termon. For the experienced snorkeler there are endless possibilities for exploration off the coast of Crohy Head, although sea conditions must be suitable. The Rosses Snorkelling Club occasionally organise group excursions, and diving excursions can be organised from nearby Burtonport.


There is plenty to suit the keen angler, whether it is fly fishing on one of the areas 130 lakes or shorefishing off the coast.

Lake fishing is primarily fly fishing for sea and brown trout. An exception to this is Maghery Lough where both freshwater and saltwater fish may be caught due to it being a coastal lagoon.

There are numerous areas where good shore fishing can carried out. Species include pollack, mackerel, wrasse, flounder, ling, coalfish, gurnard, conger, and dogfish.

Deep sea angling can be organised from Burtonport.

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