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Ballynahinch Lake
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Ballynahinch Lake location in Ireland
Ballynahinch Lake location in Ireland
Location in island of Ireland
Location County Galway
Coordinates 53°28′2″N 9°51′30″W / 53.46722°N 9.85833°W / 53.46722; -9.85833
Native name Loch Bhaile na hInse Error {{native name checker}}: parameter value is malformed (help)
Primary inflows Derryclare Lough
Primary outflows Owenmore River
Catchment area 155.23 km2 (59.9 sq mi)
Basin countries Ireland
Max. length 3.9 km (2.4 mi)
Max. width 0.9 km (0.6 mi)
Surface area 1.7 km2 (0.66 sq mi)
Surface elevation 7 m (23 ft)

Ballynahinch Lake (Irish: Loch Bhaile na hInse) is a freshwater lake in the west of Ireland. It is located in the Connemara area of County Galway.


Ballynahinch Lake measures about 4 km (2.5 mi) long and 1 km (0.6 mi) wide. It is located about 10 km (6 mi) east of Clifden and about 60 km (37 mi) northwest of Galway city. The Twelve Bens mountain range lies to the north of the lake, with Benlettery directly overlooking. Ballynahinch Castle lies on the west shores.


Ballynahinch Lake is fed by Derryclare Lough at its eastern end (which is in turn fed by the neighboring Lough Inagh), and it drains to the south via the small Owenmore River – also called the Ballynahinch River, and not to be confused with the Owenmore River (County Mayo) – which in turn enters Bertraghboy Bay.

Natural history

Fish species in Ballynahinch Lake include salmon and brown trout. Ballynahinch Lake is part of The Twelve Bens/Garraun Complex Special Area of Conservation.

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