Lough Hyne is a beautiful salt-water lake situated just 5km from Skibbereen town. 4000 years ago it was a fresh water lake but rising sea levels means it is a 'recent' convert to salt water resulting in fascinating physical features and biology.
There is a long history of marine research at Lough Hyne which makes it one of the most-studied sites in the world. It has a wide variety of marine habitats and species and was designated as Europe's first Marine Nature Reserve in 1981.
This spectacular lake is best appreciated from the top of Knockomagh Hill which overlooks the lough. Follow the nature trail to the top of Knockomagh for one of the best views in all of West Cork.