Castle Coole Nature Walk
A number of looped walks: Lake Walk 1 mile/1.6km
Beech Wood Walk 0.5 miles/0.8km
Gortgonnel Walk 2.5 miles/4km.
All walks with even surface. Steps provide access to some of the walks
On the outskirts of Enniskillen, the National Trust estate at Castle Coole offers mature woodland carpeted with snowdrops, then bluebells, and patches of spring flowers, such as primroses, violets, early purple orchids, wood sorrel and wood anemones. The grasslands along the drives are species rich with numerous grasses, common spotted orchids, and the occasional cowslip, greater butterfly and bird’s nest orchids. Buzzards, and long-eared owls are resident on the estate, while in winter whooper swans and tufted ducks can be seen from the walk around Lough Coole. Spring brings sand martins and house martins, and summer, migrant willow warblers, chiff chaffs and blackcaps. This walk is also rich in dragonflies and butterflies: keep a look-out for the large brown hawker dragonfly, peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies. On summer evenings, bats swoop low feeding on insects along the tracks near the lake.
Car park with separate mobility parking and drop off point
Childrens play area
Front-carrying baby slings for loan. Baby back carriers admitted
Baby changing facilities and accessible toilet
Tallow House tea room and National Trust gift shop open on site.
Tel: (028) 6632 2690
By road on A4 Enniskillen - Belfast road, approximately 1 mile/1.6km from town centre on left
By cycle NCN91
OS Grid Ref: H245431
82 miles from Belfast
30 miles from Omagh
Grounds 10am to 7pm during spring/summer
For house opening times and prices check website or call to confirm