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Address: Cong
GPS (Lat,Lon): 53.5255,-9.305 ± 100m
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Ardnageeha is located about 3.5 km south west of Cong on a minor road via Ashford Castle (off Cong/Cornamona Road).

This was an area much loved by Lord and Lady Ardilaun which prompted Lord Ardilaun to build a chalet here for his wife. She returned the complement when he died by building an obelisk. There are many archaeological features on the island of Inchagoill which is accessible by boat from Ardnageeha.

Facilities: Picnic site, seats, fishing, bathing facility and car park.

Length of Trail: There are walks of over 4 km at Ardnageeha. Starting at the car park you can walk along the shores of Lough Corrib where there are island studded views. You can swim at the local swimming area, where there is also some seating provided. From here you can view the famous Island of Inchagoill. A new trail will also be provided soon after some of the conifers are felled in 2004.

Habitat: Both coniferous and deciduous trees are present. The area has the finest inland shoreline in the country washed by the waters of the Corrib.

Main Tree Species: Mixed forest with Norway spruce, Sitka spruce, Scots pine and Japanese larch intermixed with broadleaves - Spanish chestnut, ash, beech and oak.

Other Flora: Rhododendron, bilberry, bog myrtle, woodbine, mini bamboo and laurel.

Fauna: Fox, hare, rabbit, red squirrel, stoat and pine marten. Cong Forest is internationally known for its driven woodcock shoots. The cormorant, water-hen, coot, heron and swan can be found on the lake.

Geology: Limestone and sandstone demarcation.

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