Lough Gill meaning radiant lake is a freshwater lough that inspired W.B. Yeats to write his poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree”.
From Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats:
“I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honeybee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.”
Innisfree Island is not accessible but you can view it from the shore at Parke’s Castle or take a boat tour of Lough Gill:
Lough Gill Tours
~ Departing from the Garavogue river in Sligo city. Call +3532 86 777 7375 to arrange your trip beforehand.
Rose of Innisfree
~ Departing from Parke’s Castle daily 12:30 & 3:30pm Easter to October weather and numbers permitting.