Lough Tay

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Not to be confused with Loch Tay.
Lough Tay
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Location Wicklow Mountains, County Wicklow
Coordinates 53°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
Primary inflows Cloghoge River
Primary outflows Cloghoge River
Basin countries Ireland

Lough Tay (Irish: Loch Té) is a small but scenic lake set 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]

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 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."[2]


  1. ^ OSI Discovery map series sheet 56
  2. ^ Russell, Bertrand (1951). Autobiography. p. 35.