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23. Lough Hyne (Loch Ine), Co. Cork

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Lough Hyne (Loch Ine), County Cork, South-West Ireland: This is a unique lake in Ireland and Irelands first Marine Nature Reserve. The reserve hosts a rich variety of plants and animals including many rare and beautiful species of marine life. The marine lake is fed from the sea by a narrow tidal channel called 'The Rapids' which must be the shortest rive in Europe? Walk up the hill above the lake through ancient woodland to get a good view and arrive at the top at a fine picnic spot. There is good parking by the lake near the start of the walk and take picnic to accompany the lovely views.

View of Lough (Loch) Hyne (Ine) from the top of Knockomagh Hill.

View of Lough (Loch/lake) Hyne (Ine) from the top of Knockomagh Hill. The very short tidal river can just be seen in the centre of the above picture. There is a well laid hill walk starting from the lake from which you get good views of Lough Hyne and the coast beyond.

 

 

The beautiful old trees on the hills above Lough Hyne.

The beautiful old trees of the native woodland on the hills above Lough Hyne.

 

Lough Hyne is a semi-enclosed marine lake of very special place of scientific interest. It was once a freshwater lake until about 4000 years ago when a rise in sea level joined it to the sea.

Lough Hyne is a semi-enclosed marine lake of very special place of scientific interest. It was once a freshwater lake until about 4000 years ago when a rise in sea level joined it to the sea.

Lough Hyne is rich in aquatic life - e.g. myriads of fish.

Lough Hyne is rich in a huge variety of habitat and aquatic life - e.g. myriads of fish can be seen from the shoreline.

 

Between Lough Hyne and the sea is a small natural harbour. The entrance of the tidal flow of the river 'rapids' in/out of Loch Hyne can just be seen on the top left, the sea is to the right.

Between Lough Hyne and the sea is a small natural harbour. The entrance of the tidal flow of the river 'rapids' in/out of Loch Hyne can just be seen on the top left, the sea is to the right.

 

The passage to the sea (Atlantic Ocean) is on the right.

The passage to the sea (Atlantic Ocean) is on the right.

 

The natural harbour between the sea (off picture right) and the 'rapids' to Lough Hyne (off picture left) provides a very sheltered and safe haven for yacht these days rather than fishing boats.

The natural harbour between the sea (off picture right) and the 'rapids' to Lough Hyne (off picture left) provides a very sheltered and safe haven for yacht these days, rather than fishing boats.

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