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Cionn Locha
Kinlough village.
Kinlough village.
Kinlough is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°27′00″N 8°17′00″W / 54.45°N 8.2833°W / 54.45; -8.2833Coordinates: 54°27′00″N 8°17′00″W / 54.45°N 8.2833°W / 54.45; -8.2833
Country Ireland
Province Connacht
County County Leitrim
Elevation 44 m (144 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Urban 1,018
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G816557

Kinlough (/kɪnˈlɒx/ kin-LOKH; Irish: Cionn Locha, meaning "head of the lake") nestles between the Dartry Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the River Duff and the River Drowes, Kinlough is a village in North Leitrim at the head of Lough Melvin. It borders Donegal and Fermanagh, is in close proximity to Yeats Country, 2.5 miles from Bundoran, Co. Donegal, and across the lake (Lough Melvin) from Garrison, Co. Fermanagh.


The village has a library, pre-school, montessori school, after school care, primary school, community pitch, community hall and folk museum. A Church of Ireland and a Catholic church. Pubs, restaurant and take-aways.


The village population stood at approximately 350 since the Great Hunger. The 2006 census showed an increase for the first time in one hundred and fifty years. The 2011 census figures show the population at 1,018.[1]

Tourist attractions[edit]

The Glennans, Kinlough

Lough Melvin (Irish: Lough Meilbhe) is internationally renowned for its unique range of plants and animals. As well as its early run of Atlantic Salmon, the lake boasts three trout species including the legendary Giolla Rua. The first salmon of the year is caught regularly on the River Drowes which runs from the lake. Within the catchment area, the endangered globeflower, molinia meadows and sessile oak woodlands can be found. Lough Melvin straddles the border with part of it in Garrison, Co. Fermanagh. The view from the village looks up to The Dartry Mountain often mistakenly referred to as 'Aroo Mountain' probably due to the fact that Aroo Lough is situated on the south side of the mountain. Ahanlish, Glenade and Truskmore Mountains are also visible.

Nearby at Glenade (about 7.5 miles south east) is Poll na mBear (Cave of the Bears) where some of the best preserved examples of Irish brown bear bones were recovered by cavers in May 1997.[2]


The Four Masters School, is the village primary school.[3] It is named after the Annals of the Four Masters, historical writings produced by Irish historians of the early 17th century. The school has 145 pupils and 6 teachers.


Kinlough is served by two Bus Éireann routes on Fridays only. Route 483 to Sligo[4] and route 495 to Manorhamilton.[5] Both routes also provide a link between Kinlough, Bundoran and Ballyshannon.

Notable people[edit]

  • James Kilfedder (16 July 1928 – 20 March 1995) was a Northern Ireland unionist politician.[6]

A notable person living in Kinlough is Thomas Feeley, who was principal at Four Masters Primary for some years. He retired in 2007 and has completed a book about the area named From Glack to Bunduff. It is in A5 hardback and contains a compendium of information about Kinlough history and families dating to first millennium to 2000s.


  1. ^ "CSO - Central Statistics Office Ireland". 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  2. ^ McKenzie, Steven (2011-07-07). "BBC News - Polar bears have maternal Irish brown bear ancestors". Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Bus Eireann : Sligo - Ballintrillick - Ballyshannon : Timetable" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Bus Eireann : Ballshannon - Kinlough - Manorhamilton : Timetable" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  6. ^ Tam Dalyell (1995-03-22). "OBITUARY:Sir James Kilfedder - People - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-02-27.