Dunlewey Lough

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Lough Dunlewy
Loch Dhún Lúiche
LocationDunlewey, County Donegal
Coordinates55°03′03″N 8°14′08″W / 55.0509°N 8.2356°W / 55.0509; -8.2356Coordinates: 55°03′03″N 8°14′08″W / 55.0509°N 8.2356°W / 55.0509; -8.2356
Primary outflowsClady River
Basin countriesIreland
Surface area14,000 acres (5,700 ha)
IslandsOilean Gráinne

Dunlewy Lough or Lough Dunlewy (Irish: Loch Dhún Lúiche)[1] is a lake in County Donegal, Ireland. It lies at the foot of Mount Errigal and beside the hamlet of Dunlewey (or Dunlewy). It is separated from the larger Lough Nacung Upper, to the west, by a narrow strip of land.

There are the remains of a crannóg (a fortified lake dwelling) on the lake. This may be the source of the name Dún Lúiche, which means "Lugh's fort". There is a modern wooden sculpture of Lugh, an ancient Irish god, on the lakeshore.

On the lakeshore there is also tourist centre, called the Lakeside Centre or Ionad Cois Locha, which offers boat trips of the lake. They also tell fun folk tails of a Witch that lived in the big house in the forest across the lake.

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