It’s time to enjoy the Fermanagh Lakeland’s this Autumn and find out what we mean when we say do it in ‘Fermanagh Time’… With so much to see and do in this tranquil retreat you will struggle to squeeze it all into 24 hours, so here is a little guide to help you…
Choose your accommodation...
In just over two hours from Dublin or one and a half hours from Belfast, you could be exploring, savouring and rejuvenating at the stunning 5* Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh. Set on a 600 acre peninsula in the glorious Fermanagh Lakelands, this luxurious hideaway was the meeting place for the world’s leaders at the 2013 G8 Summit. Suites and lodges all lavishly appointed, including self-catering houses in the private Golf Village. This place has the 'Global Spa of the Year' (World Luxury Hotel Awards, 2017) so check in for pure luxury.
Visit Lough Erne Resort
Or base yourself in the lakeside Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges, set on the idyllic shores of scenic Lough Erne and just one kilometre from the historic town of Enniskillen. Bordered by private grounds and gardens, guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor hot or indoor swimming pool or pamper themselves in the on-site spa.
For something set in the heart of the vibrant island town of Enniskillen choose Belmore Court & Motel where you’ll find comfort and quality at affordable prices. This charming accommodation is within walking distance to a fabulous array of restaurants, pubs, attractions and shops on offer in Enniskillen town.
Belmore Court & Motel
Or check into the boutique style Westville Hotel which is within a stone’s throw of the main shopping street in Enniskillen. Avail of the award-winning Terrace Restaurant, beautifully stylish, spacious rooms and kick back with a bespoke cocktail in the vibrant VW Bar.
In the morning...
Get picked up a jetty by one of the many Boat Tour companies and explore the Islands of Lough Erne! Slip between islands from the unique vantage point aboard a boat on Lough Erne, discover Devenish Island and explore the ancient ruins of one of Ireland’s finest monastic sites.
Alternatively, if you fancy something a little more relaxed, why not enjoy a country walk around the impressive 18th-century mansion at Castle Coole. Experience the stately grandeur of this stunning National Trust property set in a beautiful wooded landscape park ideal for country walks.
Visit Castle Coole
Jump in the car for a quick car journey to explore the Marble Arch Caves
, an underground world of wonders full of stacked stalactites and cascading waterfalls. Take a tour and then the weight of your feet in their sumptuous café!
Visit Marble Arch Caves
In the afternoon...
Make your way to the world renowned Belleek Pottery for a chance to embark on a tour of one of Ireland’s oldest working pottery factories. Step back in history as you meaner through the visitor centre which contains pieces dating back from 1857.
Visit Belleek Pottery
Stop by the Boatyard Distillery situated on the banks of Lough Erne for an intimate tour and taste experience. Explore the journey into how they produce the finest spirits using only the highest quality botanicals and ingredients. Unlock some of the secrets that go into making Boatyard Double Gin and you will get to see first-hand how all of the delicious Boatyard spirits bring to life the essence of Fermanagh.
Visit Boatyard Distillery
Alternatively, unpack your walking boots and tackle the 'heavenly' walk at Cuilcagh Boardwalk (Legnabrocky Trail). Bring your camera to capture the amazing views of one of the most popular places to visit.
Visit Cuilcagh Boardwalk
Then, stop by one of Fermanagh's three National Trust properties, Florence Court – Autumn is one of the most impressive times to visit with the path you walk turning a beautiful golden brown colour. Visit the beautiful and highly productive ornamental walled garden which has been restored to its original layout, bursting with autumnal colour. Alongside the roses and ponds is a native Irish apple orchard and the former home of the Head Gardener.
Visit Florence Court
In the evening...
After a busy day exploring the area why not retreat to the sanctuary of The Firehouse and dine in the award winning restaurant which is perfect for Foodie Lovers. The restaurant’s divine menu offers a varied range of wholesome yet innovative dishes prepared from only the freshest local produce and served with great care and attention to detail. From tapas to Stone Baked Pizza, you won’t be disappointed!
Visit The Firehouse