Strange figures on Boa and White Islands
At the top end of the lough you'll find Boa Island, which is accessible by road bridge. Boa was named after Badhbh (pronounced "Bive"), an ancient goddess of war, which seems at odds with this idyll of rural tranquility. As you pass along the main road, keep an eye out for the Caldragh Cemetery. Follow a little lane past herds of curious cows, unlatch the gate and you'll be in a tiny graveyard that boasts two of the most enigmatic statues on the island of Ireland. Between them, they have three faces and, while the larger statues with a Janus face was originally thought to be Roman, experts suspect it may actually portray a Celtic goddess.
Pick up a ferry from Castle Archdale to White Island for even more mysterious figures. These date back to the 6th century, but form part of the walls of a 12th century church. The carvings are thought to have been seized during a Viking raid in the 9th century before being discovered by workmen 400 years later. They then used them in the construction of the church, itself now in ruins.