‘The Moor Lough Shore’ is a famous, nineteenth century Irish love song which over the years which has been recorded by artists such as The Corrs, Dolores Keane and Sinéad O’Connor. The lough which inspired the ballad can be found six kilometres south-east of Artigarvan, off the main Strabane to Derry road.
The lough is signposted off the Donemana and Plumbridge Roads and, set in a glacial landscape, offers visitors stunning scenery on virtually every approach road. The 16-hectare stocked mountain lake is very popular with discerning game anglers and offers a genuine treat for walkers and joggers as well.
The route is circular, straight-forward and undemanding. It is described as “a quiet upland lake route” and follows a 2-kilometre gravel track the whole way around Moorlough.
There are fine views of the Sperrins at various points along the way and plenty of benches on which to sit down briefly and enjoy the scenery. Regular walkers here seem to treat their exertion almost as a form of therapy, so enjoyable is the hike.
There are toilet facilities beside the entrance to the fishery (including for people with a disability) and there is a car parking area too.