Delphi Lodge, Ireland
Delphi is a beautiful Georgian fishing lodge in one of the most spectacular settings in Connemara.
Fishermen have been visiting Delphi for centuries; it was the former sporting playground for the Marquis of Sligo but nowadays the salmon fishing is supplemented by a hatchery which makes Delphi a very consistent fishery by Irish standards.
The other huge benefit of the fishery, which produces around 50,000 smolts per annum, is that the fishing is rarely out of order due to the settlement effect in the loughs - even in high water everything is fishable.
The Delphi System includes the Bundorragha River, Finlough, Doolough and Glencullin and fishing rotates between the river and lakes on a half day basis to provide maximum variety of scenery and opportunity. The number of rods is limited to 12 per day (and only 8 in February and March). Fishing is by fly only except for some early season trolling on Doolough.
Delphi offers charming accommodation, glorious scenery, great food and total tranquillity. Located in a wild and unspoilt valley of extraordinary beauty, the 1000-acre estate is hailed as one of Ireland’s hidden treasures. The historic lodge, famous as a holiday hideaway, is surrounded by the tallest mountains in Connemara and overlooks a pretty lake.
The lodge's 12 bedrooms have recently been refurbished. The large dining room, snooker room and three old world reception rooms with log fires all add to the warm feeling of the place. Although many guests come for a week, shorter stays are welcomed.