People come to Lough Gur for its beauty and tranquillity but many more want to find out more about this magical place. In response to this demand, local historian Michael Quinlan established the Lough Gur Guides to allow others access to the wonderful history, folkore and archaeology of the place.
There is now a core team of approximately 10 trained guides who can show you the most historical sites in the area and who will pass on their knowledge to you in a friendly and informative manner. Questions are always welcome to help further your understanding.
Tours are tailor made to suit individuals and groups and are available all year round. A sample itinerary is as follows:
10am – Tour starts at the Great Grange Stone Circle (Ireland’s largest stone circle)
10.30am – Visit to Teampall Nua and the Giants Grave
11.15am – Excursion to the Carraig Aille Stone Forts
12.00pm – Lake front tour taking in Bouchier’s Castle, Bolin Island, The Spectacles early Christian field system and hangman’s rock.
1pm – The tour ends with a visit to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre exhibition.
The full outdoor tour lasting 2.5 hours costs €15 per person for groups of 5 people or more. Please contact the Heritage Centre on 061 385186 or email [email protected] for quotes on individual or large group bookings. Shorter tours are also on offer.
Prepare to be enchanted by the magic and history surrounding Lough Gur…also come prepared by wearing waterproof clothing and sensible footwear!