Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Finnamore Lakes has something to offer everyone. From the active enthusiast to the keen nature observer, the peaceful and diverse surrounds of the park are reflected off Finnamore Upper and Lower Lakes.
Anglers will enjoy the 30 hectare site’s two lakes, developed in 1996 and stocked with Carp, Trench, Rudd and Bream. Located alongside the R357, with excellent parking facilities, the lakes are popular with local and visiting anglers.
For the naturalist, the site contains two natural wetland areas located to the east of the lakes. The first has flooded part of a failed Sitka Spruce plantation, inundated by water and wetland flora, and is a fitting reminder of how the great lowland bogs developed. The wetland is characterised by fen species such as Fen Pondweed and Blunt-flowered Rush. The wetlands attract breeding species such as Lapwing and Redshank and occasionally rare vagrants such as the Black-winged Stilt are known to visit.
Whether wandering off the beaten track to take a closer look at the beauty of these natural wetlands, or following the rough walking path around Finnamore Lower, this site offers several pleasant short walks. Picnic tables and information boards are located on site.
Finnamore Lakes consists of Finnamore Upper (nearest to R357) and Lower. They are situated 16 km to the west of Tullamore on the right (south) of the R357 Boora road, which links Cloghan village to the N52 at Blue Ball.
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Please remember to respect the nature and conservation interests of Lough Boora Discovery Park.
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