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Gartan Lough
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Gartan Lough location in Ireland
Gartan Lough location in Ireland
Location in island of Ireland
Location County Donegal
Coordinates 54°59′33″N 7°55′5″W / 54.99250°N 7.91806°W / 54.99250; -7.91806
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Primary inflows Bullaba River
Primary outflows River Leannan
Catchment area 77.44 km2 (29.9 sq mi)
Basin countries Ireland
Max. length 3.7 km (2 mi)
Max. width 0.5 km (0.3 mi)
Surface area 2.05 km2 (0.79 sq mi)
Surface elevation 67 m (220 ft)

Gartan Lough (Irish: Loch Gartáin), also known as Lough Beagh South, is a freshwater lake in the northwest of Ireland. It is located in north County Donegal close to the eastern boundary of Glenveagh National Park.


Gartan Lough is about 15 kilometres (9 mi) west of Letterkenny. It measures about 4 km (2.5 mi) long and 0.5 km (0.3 mi) wide.


Gartan Lough is fed by the Bullaba River entering at its southern end. The lake drains northeastwards into the River Leannan, which in turn enters Lough Fern.

Natural history

Fish species in Gartan Lough include Arctic char. Gartan Lough is part of the Leannan River Special Area of Conservation.

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