IN THE LAKELANDS…
Located in Irelands Hidden Heartlands, and along the Border Region on the Shores of Carafin Lake on the upper reaches of the mighty River Erne. Carafin Lodge offers the perfect location for Anglers to get easy access to the many lakes and rivers by bank or boat, or for those who just want to kick back and relax with the views over Carafin Lake.
Panoramic views out over Carafin Lake and the River Erne system along with rolling green meadows and the Cuilcagh mountains in the distance. It is situated in the Marble Arch Geopark and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Killykeen Forest Park and Clough Oughter Castle can all be readily accessed by boat, waterbike, or paddle boat. The lodge offers the perfect location for Anglers to get easy access to the lake or river by bank or boat, or for those who just want to kick back and relax or maybe grab a picnic basket for a day trip.
Its location is between Cavan Town east, Killeshandra West with Belturbet and Butlersbridge to the north. Nearby Hotels Spas and Golf Courses include The Slieve Russell Hotel and Golf Club. The Radisson Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort. The Hotel Kilmore, Cavan Crystal Hotel and leisure centre. Cavan Golf Club, and Belturbet Golf Club.
Pauric and Clare are your hosts, they have constructed this purpose built facilities on the shores of Carafin lake. Pauric and Clare are small beef and poultry farmers with two young boys. Pauric’s interested in all things Fishing & Outdoors and Clare has an experienced background in the hospitality sector — Carafin Lodge was born.
The property consists of a 3-bed house and 1-bed apartment. Between the two properties are a drying room and storage house with fridge/freezer and sink.
On the water’s edge is a storage container for fishing gear and water sports equipment, we also have a changing room, toilet and kitchenette on the lake shore, with large floating jetty also.
Everyone from the serious pike / course angler to someone out for a day’s fun with the water bikes, or paddle boats. If it’s their first time wetting a line, on a boat with a picnic basket, or a romantic day trip out on the river, there is something for everyone at Carafin Lodge’s natural scenic location.
Nestled in the rolling countryside of Cavan, situated on a hilltop amongst the maze of rivers and lakes that make up the Lough Oughter and ultimately the Erne system, lies an ambitious and very promising new fishing destination -Carafin Lodge. The project is the brainchild of local farmer and keen pike angler Pauric McGearty who, since returning from a ten-year stay in Australia, has decided to take advantage of the natural resources literally on his doorstep and develop Carafin Lake, the aim being to establish a leading angling and recreational amenity.
IN THE LAKELANDS…
Located near Butler’s Bridge not far from Cavan town, the area will already be familiar to many coarse and pike anglers, with famous centres
such as Belturbet, Killeshandra, Cootehill and Lough Gowna all close by. As it stands, Carafin, which extends to just over a hundred acres, is well off the beaten track and fished occasionally by a few locals with access only viable by boat. The lake is undeniably picturesque – even on a dull November’s day – flanked by gently sloping farmland and scenic woodland, well away from any main roads or access tracks. The silence and sense of solitude is very apparent and, being situated on Inishmore (meaning ‘big island’ in Irish), the fact that you are literally surrounded by water on all sides is very comforting.
As far as views from dedicated angling accommodation go, this place takes some beating!
Carafin Lodge is smack bang in the middle of the Cavan Lakelands.
Right – Even under heavy skies on the dull late Autumn day of our visit, the scenery was very impressive. This view shows about a third of the lake, with as much again to the left and through the channel in the distance.
Loosely M-shaped and essentially split into two halves via a 60 metre-wide channel, Carafin is situated on the upper River Erne, which flows through a disorientating but very appealing network of lakes and channels. The lovely Annalee River, a renowned trout and pike river in its own right, joins the system at the upper end of Carafin.
AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY…
The fish stocks are very exciting, to say the least – wild and unpressured. Pike are the main species fished for in the area and have been caught here to over 201b in the past but it’s fair to say that the Carafin predator potential has not yet been realised. “Aside from pike, the lake has very large stocks of roach and perch, lots of prey fish” explains Pauric, “and the numbers of bream are still here which is great to see. Slabs of 6, 7, Sibs are pretty common in the catches of the few that have coarse fished the lake”. True enough, the water does scream ‘bream’ with average depths of 15-20ft and a nice level lakebed so beloved of the species.
Incidentally, there is also large shoals of roach x bream hybrids, gudgeon and some rudd. Tench are also present and there are a number of shallower weedy bays that look very promising – again, no one has really fished seriously for them! But this is all set to change in 2019. Not only has access been provided to the lakeshore but a large floating pontoon has been installed which acts as a launch point for the nine lake boats (complete with outboard engines) Pauric currently has on site, including three brand new Redfin 5700s. A lakeside tackle storage unit is also available. “I want to cater for both pike and general coarse anglers” explained our determined host. “On a lake this size you obviously need a boat, engine and fish finder for successful piking and I thought it would be better if anglers could just turn up and not worry about towing their own craft. I’ll also be offering a pike guiding service for those that want it”.
As well as Carafin itself, a boat opens up access to the River Erne upstream as well as a series of large lakes including Innismuck and Carratraw downstream.
Located in Irelands Hidden Heartlands, and along the Border Region on the Shores of Carafin Lake on the upper reaches of the mighty River Erne. Carafin Lodge offers the perfect location for Anglers to get easy access to the many lakes and rivers by bank or boat, or for those who just want to kick back and relax with the panoramic views over Carafin Lake.