Skibbereen Heritage Centre
shows an audio-visual documentary on the history, formation and
folklore of this unique area which is shown in English, French and German. New
film launched in 2013 is 'very good' according to David Puttnam!
A second 15 minute audio-visual presentation shows underwater Lough
Hyne and some of the species found in its variety of habitats.
Panels on its history, marine
habitats and activities at the lake are presented alongside
salt-water aquaria containing some of the more common species to be
found in the lake.
Panels originally painted by
Gerrit Van Gelderen, show the unusual tidal movements and species in
the lake and environs.
After a visit to the Heritage Centre, a trip to Lough Hyne is
recommended. Among the things to do, there is a nature Trail up Knockomagh Hill,
which overlooks the lough. This spectacular walk
takes approximately one hour and offers wonderful views of West Cork. Download the
trail leaflet here.
Some of the comments from the visitors' book:
'great place to visit before going to the lake'
'almost as special as Lough Ine is'
'lovely film, relaxing Lough Hyne'
'learnt loads about the lake, thanks!'
'I love the fish!'
'Lough Hyne is well worth looking after, thank you'
'wish I'd come here before going to the lake and found out about the
'staying at Lough Ine, this is great to learn about it'