Lough Gur (Irish: Loch Gair ) is a lake in County Limerick, Ireland between the towns Herbert Town and Bruff. The lake forms a horseshoe shape at the base of Knockadoon Hill and some rugged elevated countryside. It is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. People have lived near Lough Gur since about 3000 BC and there are many megalitiskal√§mningar there. [2]

Grange stone circle (the largest stone circle in Ireland) and a dolmen is located near the lake. [2] The remains of at least three Crannogs is present, and the remains of Stone Age houses have been dug (housing contours called “spectacles”). A number of ring forts in the area, with a hill fort overlooking the lake. Some are Irish national monuments. [2]

A visitor center is open beside Lough Gur, along with a car park and a picnic area. A gradual shore-line available at the visitor, with a shallow part of the lake reaches up to the maintained lawn. As a result, the area is often used for water sports, but motorized craft are prohibited on the lake. [2]

There is a castle, or tower house (closed to visitors) near the entrance to the parking lot. Named Bourchier Castle after Sir George Bourchier, the son of the second Earl of Bath, [2] it is on the neck of the peninsula around which the lake washes. There is another architecture dating from later times, with the ruins of an early Christian church by the road that leads down to the lake.At the far end of the lake are the ruins of a Norman castle, Black Castle , [2]which is accessed through a hillside walk along the east side of the lake. This is one of those is used during the Desmond Rebellion, and is probably the place where the Earl of Desmond secured his authority in 1573 after casting his English clothes and donning Irish clothes when he returned from London to Munster

The northern end of Lough Gur reach a maintained lawn of the visitor area at the lake. Grove jutting out into the water to hide the location of encrannog[2]

See also 

  • The early history Ireland
  • List of Loughs in Ireland


  1. Jump up ^ The Eyto E, Irvine C (2007). “To assess the status of shallow lakes using an additive model size biomass spectra”. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 17 :. 724-736 doi: 10.1002 / aqc.801.
  2. ^ Jump up to: abcdefg illustrated guide to Lough Gur , O’Kelly, MJ and O’Kelly, C. 1981. Published by Houston, Cork.