A Lake That Looks Like Guinness

A lake that looks like Guinness? Mmmm….makes you thirsty just looking at it, right?

Lough Tay in the Wicklow Mountains


The Frothy Shores of Guinness Lake

Lough Tay (otherwise known as Guinness Lake) sits in the Wicklow Mountains of southern Ireland.  It earned its nickname because it borders a large estate owned by the Guinness family.  The color of the water is such a rich brown (similar to Guinness!) that the family imported the white sand on the shoreline to make it look like frothy head on a pint.

To find Lough Tay you can click here.


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  • July 30 2011

    Great post! I don’t care for the beer but that lake makes me want to give it another try! 🙂

    • Pete
      July 31 2011

      Thanks Jeff, it is inviting isn’t it!

  • God, it does look like Guinness. Hopefully it doesn’t smell like it too… 🙂
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  • July 30 2011

    WOw! It really does look like guinness!!
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  • July 30 2011

    wow! that’s crazy!!
    I was going to say how unreal it was that the lake on their property actually looks like that but it makes sense with the white sand. Still pretty awesome. Are you allowed to swim in it? 🙂
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    • Pete
      July 31 2011

      We wanted to head down to the lakeside, but it is all gated up 🙁

      I could be wrong but supposedly, the lake (and property) was a gift from the father to his daughter. Here honey, I bought you a lake for your birthday. Hope you like it! Crazy…

  • July 30 2011

    Now that’s the first time I heard of local brew w/an imported head. Great photo.
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    • Pete
      July 31 2011

      LOL, nicely said. and thanks 🙂

  • July 31 2011

    Love the pictures but I hate Guinness with a vengeance!
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    • Pete
      July 31 2011

      Hate Guinness with a vengeance? do tell why, taste or bad experience? and, cheers for the compliment 🙂

  • July 31 2011

    So that is actually what they put into the barrels? hahaha
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  • July 31 2011

    That is so awesome, I love that they added the white sand because it really does look like a pint of Guinness! I wish I had known this was there when I was in the Wicklows and I would have popped over for a look 🙂
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    • August 1 2011

      It is definitely worth a look…too bad we couldn’t get down closer to it though. Then of course there would be a slew of pictures of us pretending to slurp up the water… 🙂

  • Cam
    July 31 2011

    You had me at Guiness… 😉

  • July 31 2011

    Mmmm – reminds me to get my fill of Guinness before we leave on Wednesday
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    • August 1 2011

      So funny…we went to that music festival on the weekend and we were the only ones drinking Guinness (it seemed that way anyways). We asked a local why that was and he said that the Irish are too impatient to wait for it to pour properly – ha!

  • August 1 2011

    Hard to believe its less than an hour from Dublin. Last weekend we were on this road (to the Sally Gap) it was too misty to see anything so we went down to Roundwood for lunch and a few hours later the sun was out so we got to see the Guinness lake just like in the photo.

    • August 1 2011

      All sights in Ireland are hit and miss with the weather, hey? Glad you got some sun!

  • August 1 2011

    Look how green it is!! Beautiful!
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  • August 2 2011

    Awesome pics!
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  • August 5 2011

    Had no idea this existed, this is freaking awesome!

  • August 6 2011

    How funny they thought of adding white sand! It does look like the famous stout, though. Good job!

  • August 13 2011

    Great image I love Guinness but had never heard of this lake. Great idea by the family to bring in the sand lol




  • Erica
    August 16 2011

    Oh, that’s gorgeous, and really does look like the brew. I’ll chime in here with how much I love Guinness. When I was living in Ireland, I never got out of County Donegal, but now I want to go back and see more of the country.

    • Pete
      August 17 2011

      I have to chime in too, with how much I LOVE Guinness. County Donegal will probably be the only area we will not be able to get up to experience, but we will be back and are going to make a priority to get there.

  • Brian
    May 5 2014

    Guinness is actually a deep red color.

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