A quaint market town on a tributary of the River Moy, Swinford is renowned for its fishing waters, walking trails, rich archaeological heritage, megalithic tombs and wonderful welcoming atmosphere. Walks in the area take in views of a splendid round tower in Meelick, rich archaeological heritage in Killasser and famine sites which are guided on Sundays.
The Callow lakes are located four miles west of the town along the Foxford road. The twin lakes are joined by the picturesque bridge and are surrounded by purple heather hills. These lakes hold lively stocks of brown trout and salmon and a fisheries boat is available for hire. Lough Cullin is to the north-west of Swinford and is a haven for the salmon angler. Good trout fishing is also available. The lake extends in a northerly direction towards Lough Conn, a noted trout lake of around 12,000 acres.
Like its neighbour, Foxford, the town is a traditional music hotspot and every year, stages the wonderful Siamsa Sraide street festival (Siamsa Sráide means”fun on the streets”). You’re likely to stumble across a trad session in any of the local pubs at any given time, and you’ll be welcome to join right in with a song or even a dance!
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