The first thing we noticed was the glorious burnt umber colour of the bog myrtle, interspersed with the golden gorse. It was a dreamy palette of hues perfect for the sunny day. If you take a few of the tips of the bog myrtle and rub them in your hand you can smell the most delicious sweet herby smell.
The lake is really gorgeous, blue and tranquil. According to the National Parks and Wildlife Service site synopsis, the land around the lake is acid grassland, heath and bog. Walking in parts, you could definitely feel that peaty springiness. We also saw lots of butterflies although I didn't manage to get a picture of any. It is a Special Area of Conservation and home to lots of species, including the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and two rare types of snails, as well as birds and plants. As you can see from the picture above, we had a little one with us, so our exploration was led more by where she wanted to go :)
Heading home, we passed the ruins of the 19th century Ballinafagh Church. There are also ruins there of a medieval church although little remains. The Church is very striking, not least because it stands out amidst fields of green. It is an elegant building and worth a little stop off after leaving the lake.
So that was our visit to Ballinafagh, it is a wonderful tranquil spot and we will definitely be back.