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Lough Mask Fishing Lodge, Co. Mayo

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6 Bedrooms
Bedroom Layout
2x Double, 4x Twin
6 Baths



Our Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars


Pet friendly

Lough Mask Fishing Lodge is happy to welcome your pet, however we would ask that your pet would not be permitted on furniture or on beds. If additional cleaning is required we may have to deduct this from your damage deposit.

A Fisherman’s Paradise, we are delighted to offer this recently built 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom dormer detached holiday home only 400 yards from the shore of Lough Mask. Close to the lively market town of Ballinrobe and historic Cong in County Mayo.

Brown Trout and Salmon fishing can be arranged by the owner locally.  Snipe, Woodcock and Duck shooting can also be arranged locally by the owner.  Lough Mask Fishing Lodge also offers 2 chest freezers where you can store your catch on your return to the property.

The sitting room is airy and light, but can be made instantly cosy should you set a flame to the fire. This Ballinrobe cottage also offers a modern kitchen with dining area, a very spacious spot in which to entertain your fellow guests, lighting the woodburner on cool evenings or throwing open the patio doors on sunnier occasions. Step out into the large lawned garden to enjoy a peaceful morning coffee in the charming countryside surroundings, or take a relaxed stroll down to the banks of Lough Mask. The vibrant town of Ballinrobe, set on the River Robe, is just a short drive from this Mayo cottage, offering a fantastic selection of amenities from quirky cafes and bistros to traditional Irish bars. Lough Corrib and Lough Mask provide excellent spots for some of the best fishing in the Emerald Isle, with serene settings for keen anglers. Ballinrobe also hosts a fantastic racecourse plus a championship parkland golf course, so whatever you’re seeking on your Irish break, this County Mayo cottage is sure to delight. The picturesque village of Cong can also be found nearby, renowned as the setting for the classic film, The Quiet Man. The medieval Ashford Castle poses a prominent picture across the county line, and tourists also flock to the beautiful ruin of 13th century Cong Abbey, with its quaint Monks’ Fishing House, a roofless little stone structure resting by the riverside. With these delightful sights awaiting your discovering, plus tranquil cruises across Lough Corrib and wonderful walking and cycling opportunities nearby, this Ballinrobe cottage is an absolute delight.


Ground Floor:

The kitchen/diner is fully equipped with a large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric hob and oven, large dining table, sliding doors to the side of the house, highchair and a wood burner.

Utility room has a washer/dryer.

Sitting room has two 2 seater couches, DVD player/TV with free-to-air channels. Oil central heating with wood burner & open fire. Selection of books, games & DVDs.

Twin room with free standing wardrobe, wooden flooring, window to front of house, ensuite shower room

Double room with free standing wardrobe and dressing table, wooden flooring, window to front of house, ensuite shower room

Double room with free standing wardrobe, wooden flooring, window to back of house, ensuite shower room

First Floor:

Large twin room with free standing wardrobe,wooden flooring, window to the side of house with lovely views, ensuite shower room

Twin room with free standing wardrobe, wooden flooring, velux window and ensuite shower room

Large twin room with free standing wardrobe, wooden flooring window to side of the house with views of fields, ensuite shower room

Main bathroom with bath and overhead shower.

Local Info


Cong is situated on an island formed by a number of streams that surround it on all sides. Cong is located on the isthmus connecting Loughs Corrib and Mask, near the towns of Headford and Ballinrobe and the villages of Clonbur, the Neale and Cross.

Tourist Attractions

Ashford Castle provides a romantic backdrop in superior surrounds, offering guests both relaxation and comfort. There are many opportunities to explore the vast estate with fishing on Lough Corrib, equestrian pursuits, golf, falconry and trail walking. Or simply relax in our luxurious interiors and enjoy your favourite novel or pamper yourself with treatments from our beauty therapists.

The Castle has welcomed and entertained its fair share of celebrities and public figures over the years. Members of Europe’s royal families, political figures, industrialists and film stars have all enjoyed the hospitality of the castle.

Ashford Castle has an unsurpassed reputation for providing guests with the very finest rooms and suites. Each guest room is individually designed to provide stylish personal comforts, from the marble fittings of bathrooms to sumptuous co-ordinated fabrics and furnishings. Many of the rooms retain their original features and all are equipped with modern amenities.

Ashford Castle offers guests an abundance of activities to enjoy in true spirit of a resort property. From the combination of pursuits involving physical exercise to the more relaxed beauty treatments, we will attempt to ensure you leave Ashford refreshed, relaxed and replenished.


Salmon: 1 February to 30 September
Brown Trout: 1 March to 30 September

The fishing is free but a small fee is charged by Ashford Castle Hotel for admission to the grounds. The Cong River rises in the village of Cong. It is, in fact, the outflow from Lough Mask, further to the north, that escapes through huge fissures in the cavernous limestone of the district and rises again in the village of Cong. It is about one mile long. This is a big, wide river, perhaps 100 yards wide in places, and divided by an island at one point. It pushes down strongly past Ashford Castle. Some of it can be fished off the bank and it is possible to wade it, but more of it is better fished from a boat. To fish it well, the visitor would be well advised to employ one of the local gillies. They can be contacted through any hotel or guest house in the village of Cong.

The river gets an excellent run of spring salmon and fishing can start on opening day if the water is not too high. The peak of the spring run is in April and then the grilse come in May. June is particularly good, as is early July, and salmon are taken here in lesser numbers for the rest of the season.

The early-season fish are mostly taken in spinning but the fly can take fish from April onwards and shrimp and worm are also used.

The river also holds excellent stocks of good brown trout and some are very large. It has good hatches of olives, mayflies, sedges and midges and dry-fly fishing can be especially good. Body waders are very useful for the dry-fly fishing but care should be exercised while wading.

Boating Cruising

The largest lake in the Republic of Ireland is called Lough Corrib. Measuring 68 sq. miles and with 365 islands, this lake is one of the cleanest, most un-sploit and most scenic in all of Europe.

A cruise through this unique waterway is a must while visiting the West of Ireland. In 1977 ‘Corrib Cruises’ began operating on Lough Corrib and today is the longest established and most experienced company cruising these waters.

Horse Riding

Riding Irish horses on your holiday can get you to places seldom seen.
We ride over 3000 acres of the former estate of Ashford Castle which was once the home of the Guinness family. Lord Ardilaun built tunnels under the roads to avoid the inconvenience of opening gates, a gesture which we much appreciate today.

Ashford Equestrian Centre actively breeds and trains quality Connemara Ponies, Irish Draughts and Irish Sport Horses. The Irish Draught’s qualities of strength, sound constitution, docility and intelligence are well recognised. Today the Irish Draught is sought after for its breeding qualities, being used more and more to get extra bone and substance in the progeny.


Cong offers the tourist excellent walkways by rivers, lakes, mountains and forests.

Connemara, Galway’s west coast, boasts beautiful Mountain, Bog, Lake and Coastal scenery and if you have seen the classic 50’s movie, The Quiet Man starring Maureen O’Hara & John Wayne, then no more is needed to be said.

Mount Gable dominates the area around Clonbur and guards one of the major routes into Connemara from the East. It also commands some of the most splendid views in the region and the climb will repay the efforts of any walker who completes this modest ascent.

The 12 Bens challenge which takes place in nearby Clifden in June every year is renowned as the toughest mountain walk in Ireland.

Only 30 minutes from Clonbur lies Croagh Patrick which is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint.

It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.

The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. On ‘Reek Sunday’, the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims climb the Reek.


“lovely place – we had a lovely stay with our friends with children. good location away from main road, close to few nice walks through the countryside. beautiful lakes nearby. the house has everything what you need. would highly recommend!” Ross Oct 2021

“Great holiday – A group of 6 stayed at Lough mask holiday home and we had a fantastic week. Our host Kathleen was very welcoming and attentive throughout our stay. She gave us lots of information and ideas on where to go in the surrounding area including restaurant suggestions. We found all of her recommendations were really good and added to our holiday. Kathleen was always at the other end of the phone when we needed help for example when booking a boat trip and getting directions. We will definitely return again as it was the ideal location for touring and walking.” – Maeve Aug 2021

“Very pleased with our stay, would definitely return!!”-Kealan June 2021

“Lovely cottage in peaceful area. Had the pleasure of staying in this cottage at the start of July this year. We had 7 adults and 5 kids in total but plenty of space for us all. Rooms were a nice size and nicely decorated, each room upstairs had an ensuite along two of the three downstairs (The other was right across from the main bathroom which no one else used anyway) Kitchen had good sized dining table so we were able to eat altogether there a few nights. Kathleen the owner couldn’t have been more helpful with suggestions of what to go see in the area and how to get there, found a beautiful viewing spot of Lough Corrib we would never have ventured near had she not told us about it. The house itself is situated outside Ballinrobe (about 5 mins) which has both an Aldi and Tesco for groceries, and about 10 to 15 mins from Cong, which is well worth a trip to, it’s beautiful. We went to Westport which was about half hour drive and Knock and Castlebar another day. The area around has so much in it we didn’t get to everything so we are definitely thinking of a return trip in the future. We benefited from great weather the week we were there so even got to use the BBQ, and was lovely to let kids play in grass around the house. From the house you can walk to the lake, which is beautiful, although quite silty and has patches of bog close to shore so be careful! (Our 11 year old found out the hard way when he took a step in the wrong direction) We found everyone around so friendly and nice, especially any of the locals we met walking the road. If u have kids we went to both playgrounds in Ballinrobe and Cong, both pretty good but kids preferred the one in Cong. We ventured as far as Clonbur and there was a playground there under construction which looks like it’ll be really good once complete ( we had some disappointed kids because we thought originally it was open) All in all we would definitely come back, there was a lot we didn’t get to do in the area an nothing was really too far away do was a nice place to base ourselves and plenty of space for us. Made some lovely memories in lough mask fishing cottage and would definitely recommend it!”- Noelle July 2019

“Nice and comfortable house with each room having its own bathroom”- Christophe December 2018



Pet friendly

Lough Mask Fishing Lodge is happy to welcome your pet, however we would ask that your pet would not be permitted on furniture or on beds. If additional cleaning is required we may have to deduct this from your damage deposit.

€10 charge per night for electricity and oil

Fuel, power & starter pack for fires included

Bed linen & towels included

Please note a €100 damage deposit is required on arrival, as long as there are no damages or breakages on departure this will be refunded.

Check in strictly from 4pm

Check out is strictly at 10am

No smoking

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Ample Parking

Cable TV & DVD player

Chest Freezer

Comfy sitting room with Open Plan Fireplace

Cosy sitting room with open fire


dvd player

Excellent for walks

Fabulous Views

Fabulous walks

Fully equipped Kitchen and large dining table


Garden Furniture

Highchair & Travel cot provided

Mountain and Lake Views

Open Fire

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