The backdrop to the lake is one of the most beautiful in the Burren, offering views of Mullaghmore Mountain with its dramatic folded shape created by colliding tectonic plates millions of years ago. The ruins of a medieval tower house stand silently on the north east shore.
Lough Bunny is about 100 hectares in area, and on average only 2 metres deep. No river feeds this lake and its water is thought to come from a network of small springs. It has high levels of dissolved bicarbonate and low levels of plant life due to low levels of nutrients in the water. This type of lake is rare in the EU and a very rare water beetle, Octhebius nilssoni, a tiny beetle only 1.5mm long, lives on the lake floor.
The National Park Centre in Corofin and the Coole Park Visitor Centre in Gort are excellent starting points to explore the Burren National Park’s gorgeous views and many natural wonders.