Lough Rea is ideal for swimming, wind surfing and boating. It has for many years earned the coveted European environmental "Blue Flag" status. Awarded for the excellent water quality and well maintained shoreline, it is one of a handful of lakes to earn this distinction. The long point swimming area is well equipped with changing rooms, showers, ample parking and picnic areas. The town has multiple restaurants to appeal to all tastes. There are many pubs in which to experience live music and soak up the atmosphere and we are well located to travel to all surrounding towns and villages. There is also a 4* hotel in Loughrea with an award winning spa. We are 30 minutes from the atlantic ocean and Galway city. A vibrant university town; population ~ 70,000. It is well renowned for its lively arts, music, theatre and festival scene. Exploration of the west coast of Ireland is to be recommended with access to County Clare famous for its unique limestone ecosystem in the Burren less than an hour away. Connemara with its scenery, mountains and lakes is just the other side of Galway city and a trip to the Aran Islands is a wonderful day out the ferry leaves from the port in Galway.. Multiple golf courses are a short drive away - Loughrea, Gort, Athenry, Portumna, and Oranmore to name the most local. Loughrea being just off the M6 motorway means a short 2 hours will bring you to Dublin for the day and Shannon airport is less than an hour from the house.