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Lough Money is a 1km long lough a few miles east of Downpatrick. The water here tends to be amongst the clearest found in any lough.

The lough is poular with anglers. When there are a lot of anglers about it may be best to restrict your swimming to the less-fished northern end. There is a path along the western shore extending the full length of the lough.

From Downpatrick take the Ballyhornan Road. After going through Ballyalton turn left along Ballyculter Road, signposted Lough Money. There is a car park.
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  • Added: 12/06/2015

    Thanks very much to Patrick's previous post. From this I plucked up the courage to swim the length of Lough Money. From the car park I followed the path to the opposite end of the lough. There are a number of spots you can wade in, the wee wooden pier thingys are at the car park end. I swam mostly on the left hand side, however there are quite a lot of water lilly weeds, so if you're nervous best avoid. If you can swim the full km a more central position might be smoother. There is also a handy wee island point that juts out, see the map, this can be accessed on foot & you can swim onto it but again a lot weeds round this part. Swans, gulls, pike & sun, a priceless experience on Lough Money, cheesy.

  • Added: 28/01/2018

    I went to Lough Money in September 2017 for a swim it had just been restocked so there were plenty of fish to see in the clear water. I started at the car park end end went in by the slip way. This is quite rocky, but not for long. You are soon in the mud! I swam up the left hand side and got into the weeds once I was past the island. These continue for a couple of hundred metres and then you are in open water again. The far end is quite shallow and weedy, so probably not worth persisting with. Swam back down the opposite side to complete a swim of about 2.5 km. Nice and clean and fresh, so very enjoyable!

    This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.

    The odd sunken pallet and swan.

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