Lough Tay

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Lough Tay
The Guinness Lake
Lough Tay, County Wicklow, Ireland.jpg
Lough Tay is located in Ireland
Lough Tay
Lough Tay
LocationWicklow Mountains, County Wicklow
Coordinates53°06′22″N 6°16′00″W / 53.106014°N 6.266763°W / 53.106014; -6.266763Coordinates: 53°06′22″N 6°16′00″W / 53.106014°N 6.266763°W / 53.106014; -6.266763
Native nameLoch Té  (Irish)
Primary inflowsCloghoge River
Primary outflowsCloghoge River
Basin countriesIreland
Surface area48.1 ha (119 acres)
Average depth10.1 m (33 ft)
Max. depth35 m (115 ft)
Water volume0.005 km3 (0.0012 cu mi)
Surface elevation246 m (807 ft)

Lough Tay (Irish: Loch Té), commonly called The Guinness Lake, is a small but scenic lake set on private property, in the Wicklow Mountains in County Wicklow, Ireland. It lies between the mountains of Djouce and Luggala, and is most easily viewed from above, from the R759 or the Wicklow Way as it descends past the J. B. Malone memorial. It is fed by the Cloghoge River, which then drains into Lough Dan to the south.[1] It is not possible to visit Lough Tay without prior permission.

The name is believed to derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *teh₂w-, "melt", "dissolve", "flow".[2]

The northern coastline forms part of an estate belonging to the Guinness family; it is edged with a beach of startlingly white sand, the dark peaty water and the white sand create a striking similarity to a pint (a glass) of Guinness. The best way to enjoy it is to drink a pint on the cliffs above.

The philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote in his Autobiography:

"Twice I went with my Aunt Agatha to Ireland. I used to go for walks with
Michael Davitt, the Irish patriot, and also by myself. The beauty of the scenery
made a profound impression on me. I remember especially a small lake in
County Wicklow, called Lugala. I have associated it ever since, though for no
good reason, with the lines:
Like as the waves make toward the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end.
Fifty years later, when visiting my friend Crompton Davies in Dublin, I
induced him to take me to Lugala. But he took me to a wood high above the
lake, not to the ‘pebbled shore’ that I had remembered, and I went away
convinced that one should not attempt to renew old memories."[3]

Many people say that Lough Tay is the site used to portray the city of Kattegat in the very popular series Vikings.[citation needed]


  1. ^ OSI Discovery map series sheet 56
  2. ^ https://www.logainm.ie/en/1166411
  3. ^ Russell, Bertrand (1951). Autobiography. p. 35.