Lough Oughter (from the Irish ‘Loch Uachtar’ meaning ‘The Upper Lake’) is a beautiful patchwork of water separated by small islands and drumlins. It is a much-loved spot for fishermen, but it is also home to a wonderful array of archaeological and historical gems. Perhaps most famous of these is the stunning Clogh Oughter Castle.
Where many battles were won, and lost Clough Outer Castle is less than 24km from Hotel Kilmore. A ruined circular castle situated on a small island in Lough Oughter. It was built by the Anglo-Normans in the early 13th century but was soon captured by the O' Reilly clan, the Irish rulers of east Bréifne. The castle became a prison for a number of years, it was also the place where Owen Roe O'Neill, leader of the anti-English revolt of the 1640s, died here in November 1649. Clough Oughter is a Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark site.
Lough Outer is regarded as the best inland example of a flooded drumlin landscape in Ireland and has rich and varied wildlife. Lough Outer is a popular angling lake and is also popular with canoeists and boating enthusiasts. It covers more than 8,900 hectares (22,000 acres). The complex of lakes lies on the River Erne, and forms the southern part of the Lough Erne complex.
During the late nineteenth century, water levels on Lough Oughter were lowered to alleviate flooding of low-lying farmland. However, a 2008 proposal by Waterways Ireland suggested that levels be raised to facilitate tourism and allow pleasure boats to gain access into the lough via the River Erne from Belturbet to Killashandra.
It is the perfect day out for all the family. A visit to the castle can be arranged by contacting the Cavan Adventure Centre who can organise a guided boat trip or you can take a canoe or kayak if you wish.