Picture No. 01
4,254 sq ft(395.21 sq m)
Excess of €1,000,000

Glenmore Rivers Estate, BallatoneWelchtown, Ballybofey, Co Donegal, F93 FD35

  • Available in lots

Key features

  • A mixed sporting estate
  • Fishing Lodge
  • 5 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms and Rod / Gun Room
  • Salmon and sea trout fishing
  • On the River Finn and River Reelan
  • Total catch (5 year average): 416 salmon
  • Deer stalking and shooting
  • Extensive wild brown trout fishing
  • Close proximity to Northern Airports

Salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Finn (exclusive rights jointly owned between Glenmore and Cloghan Estate).

About this property

  • Extensive fishing rights are owned over the rivers, streams and lakes which lie within the Glenmore and Cloghan Estates; the exclusive rights are held between these two estates. Much of the fishing offers excellent fly water on two spate rivers, the River Finn and its main tributary, the River Reelan.

    These rivers (which benefit from regular rainfall throughout the season being at the foot of the Blue Stack Mountains) form a part of the Foyle system in its upper catchment. Strong runs of fish from the Foyle are quick to penetrate the upper waters thus providing anglers with some excellent sport in both spring and summer. The River Finn is almost unique in this respect, hosting a steady run of fish from the opening day to well after the last day of the season.

    One of the great advantages of this fishery is that the owners have control of the upper reaches of the Rivers Finn and Reelan and this includes the numerous feeder streams, many of them well suited to spawning. Much of the habitat is exceptional for spawning, allowing for natural unassisted stocking. The Foyle System is said to have a run of some 60,000 fish with an estimated 20% claimed by the Finn.

    Besides the fishing which includes some wonderful sea trout and brown trout fishing as well as salmon, there are extensive shooting rights covering about 19,000 acres of largely uncultivated ground on Glenmore Estate. Red deer frequent the lands which vary from low ground grazings interspersed by bogs and woodland to large areas of rough hill grazing amidst spectacular wild countryside. Throughout the winter fishermen head for Glenmore to enjoy unrivalled woodcock and snipe shooting on the bogs and duck shooting on the numerous lakes.

    The Glenmore Fishings
    Those who fish the Foyle system will be aware of the exceptional seasons experienced in 2015 and 2016. With the cessation of drift net salmon fishing, the catch and release policy introduced by the Loughs Agency in 2009 and the absence of salmon farms near the main Foyle salt water basin, the number of salmon running the system has soared and continues on an upward trend.

    Season 1st March to 15th September
    The Finn, regarded as one of Europe's finest salmon rivers, can be described as a medium sized Grade 1 listed spate river. It runs east through central Donegal from the Blue Stack Mountains joining the tidal River Foyle at the border town of Lifford.

    The fishings are characterised by streamy, rocky pools, relatively shallow water and the free rising nature of both salmon and sea trout. Fishermen tend to use a 12ft-13ft double handed rod in high water conditions in the spring and drop back to a single handed 9ft rod in the summer months. The use of floating lines with the option of adding a sinking tip are commonplace throughout the season.

    With its long productive season, the Finn is envied by many of those managing other Irish rivers. The river is almost unique in hosting a steady run of fish from the opening day; an influx of spring salmon in March gradually builds up and peaks in April and May. Grilse and summer salmon follow and run (with assistance from fresh rain) all through the months of June, July and August, producing excellent sport up until the very end of the season.
    Glenmore Lodge: The modern lodge has been designed to provide comfortable accommodation for fishermen. Set back from the road with pleasant views of the surrounding countryside, the lodge is built on an elevated site some 80m from the river; it is situated within its own ground extending to about 2 acres. The stone faced/slate roofed lodge has been beautifully finished, suitably furnished, well equipped and insulated; it also benefits from underfloor oil fired central heating. It offers a high standard of accommodation comprising on the ground floor a back porch, cloakroom, an open plan kitchen, dining room and living room with large wood burning stove. Beyond the living room there is a drawing room with open fire. Glenmore Lodge caters for up to 8 guests in 5 bedrooms, three double (two with en suite bathrooms) and two twin bedded rooms. The two front rooms have a view of the river. There is a gravel driveway and forecourt with plenty of space for parking. The attractive gardens comprising mown lawns and shrubs are well tended. On a fine evening, fishermen can sit out on the decked patio and enjoy the good clean air of Donegal.

    Rod/Gun Room (3.76m x 5.23m)
    A purpose built detached rod/gun room is situated behind the house. Fishermen get kitted out in the rod/gun room and at the end of a day, wet clothes, rods and waders can be hung up on the racks provided.

    The lodge with adjacent rod/gun room and kennelling is let with both fishings and shooting.

    More information is available by the selling agents.

    BER Details - BER B3 - BER No.109930156

Local information

  • The Glenmore Rivers Estate is situated in Co Donegal close to the town of Ballybofey; it comprises a huge swathe of the Glenfinn Valley which lies in the shadow of the Blue Stack Mountains.
  • The Glenmore Rivers Estate is situated in Co Donegal close to the town of Ballybofey; it comprises a huge swathe of the Glenfinn Valley which lies in the shadow of the Blue Stack Mountains.It has many shops including the McElhinneys Stores, sports,facilities, a theatre, schools (three primary and two secondary level), hotels, restaurants, garages, Post Office, churches and a community hospital.
  • Extensive fishing rights are owned over the rivers, streams and lakes which lie within the Glenmore and Cloghan Estates; the exclusive rights are held between these two estates. Much of the fishing offers excellent fly water on two spate rivers, the River Finn and its main tributary, the River Reelan.
  • The local town of Ballybofey, twinned with Stranorlar, is the third largest urban centre in Donegal. The towns are strategically situated in a rural hinterland in the heart of the Finn Valley.
  • Ballybofey is a key retail, commercial and recreational centre; it has many shops including the McElhinneys Stores, sports facilities, a theatre, schools (three primary and two secondary level), hotels, restaurants, garages, Post Office, churches and a community hospital.
  • Ballybofey: about 6 miles (10km)
  • Donegal Airport: about 34 miles (55km)
  • City of Derry Airport: about 43 miles (69km)
  • Belfast Airport: about 83 miles (134km)
  • George Best Belfast City Airport: about 105 miles (169km)
  • Dublin Airport: about 139 miles (224km)

Additional information

  • Historical Note The present owners purchased the Glenmore Estate in 2005 and set about developing the fishery into what is now considered to be one of Ireland's leading fisheries with an international reputation. Prior to 2005, Glenmore Estate had been owned by Thomas Mackie since 1978. The title to the Glenmore Estate commences with the conveyance in November 1920 made between Sir Frederick Montague Style, Archibald Fitzpatrick Cooke and Thomas Fitzpatrick Cooke at which time the sale of property included the fishing rights together with the coursing and various shooting rights.
  • Directions: Visitors travelling by car from Dublin take the M1 north to Junction 14. Exit onto N33 towards Ardee and join the main N2 north towards Monaghan/Derry. Follow the bypass at Monaghan north to Auchnacloy and join the A5 heading north to Ballygawley Roundabout. Continue north on A5 to Victoria Bridge and turn left onto the Clady Road. In Clady bear left onto the N15 towards and carry on in to Ballybofey town. From Belfast, visitors take the M1 to Dungannon in Co Tyrone and then the A4 linking to the A5 at Ballygawley and then north past Omagh to Strabane and across the River Foyle into Co Donegal. For those travelling initially by air the options of transfer links to Glenmore are numerous. Driving time from Dublin is about 3 hours, from Belfast about 2 hours, from Donegal about 1 hour and from the City of Derry Airport about 45 minutes.