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Killarney Lakes

The Killarney Lakes are three in number, Lough Leane, Middle Lake and Upper Lake. It is excellent for salmon and brown trout. Trolling for salmon with either spoons or minnows is the most popular method used. Fly fishing for trout with wet flies is very effective but spinners can also be used. You will also find some wonderful wild brown trout fishing in the Gap of Dunloe/Black Valley region. This area is full of small lakes and streams. Especially for the dedicated fly angler, you will have great fun with small brownies. The Lakes of Killarney are famous for their beauty – a truly magical place with a mild climate.

River Laune

The river Laune is 5 minutes from Churchtown House. This is lightly fished river. Salmon, sea trout and brown trout. It is excellent for fly fishing as water reaches 48 degrees for most of the day. The River Laune is 18 miles long from the Lakes of Killarney to Killorglin.
Permits & Licences
Permits are required for fishing on the river Laune but not on the Killarney Lakes.

Upper Caragh, Glencar

Upper Caragh is 20 minutes from Churchtown House, set in wild rugged country. The Upper Caragh River is considered one of the best salmon rivers for its size in Ireland. Nestled among the thousand meter peeks of Macgillycuddy Reeks it flows through one of Ireland's most beautiful nature reserves in the heart of Kerry. The private lake and river system creates a magical world as it meanders through highland moors and lonesome valleys. The river and its lakes offer conditions uniquely suited to all types of fishing, particularly fly fishing. The riverside paths and footbridges are perfectly kept; for the most part they are wheelchair accessible.


Over the last five years the Upper Caragh River has seen a yearly catch of between 280 and 300 salmon – not to mention the many impressive trout and even a few sea trout. The average caught salmon weighed between seven and eight pounds. The entire river and lake system has been in private ownership over the last 200 years and is kept under regular surveillance, both day and night. February through April are the best months to catch spring fish; between May and August the catch consists mainly of grils. A wide range of methods may be used flies, worms, spinners and shrimps are allowed Once you are on location Mike O'Shea, our fishery manager, will give you friendly and competent help.

The fishery office can be reached at the following address: The Upper Caragh Fishery, Lyranes Lower, Glencar, CO. Kerry, Ireland
Tel. +353 66 97 60 199, Mobile +353 87 2213 835
Email uppercaraghmanager@msn.com, Web; www.safiex.com 



A little further afield – 1hour from Churchtown will bring to the lakes rivers & loughs of the Waterville area, we recommend the Waterville lake & fishery. Contact Vincent +353 66 9475 248, www.salmonandseatrout.com
Sea Fishing

Deep sea angling in the Atlantic, fish the 3,7,10 mile bank around the Skelligand Blasket Islands, all types of fish catered for , Congor,Ling,Pollock,Garfish& many more species. Contact Des O Connell +353 87 284 3283, email desfishing@yahoo.ie, www.kerryseaanglingcharters.com 

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About Churchtown House

The house was built in 1740 by Sir Roland Blennerhassett and has been in the Magill family since 1860. This luxury self catering accommodation sleeps 12-14 in 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and has been refurbished to a very high specification throughout. Cooks and pre-prepared food can be arranged on request.

Churchtown house also caters for private Functions, Weddings, Civil Wedding Ceremonies and exclusive Celtic Castle tours along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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Killarney, Co, Kerry, Ireland

Phone: Tim Thompson +353 872291900