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Enniskillen Walking Trails

 

Enniskillen, an island town surrounded by the River Erne, has a wide variety of wildlife and is the perfect place to explore from your door! Even otters have been sighted around the island. 

There are several easily accessible sites for viewing wildlife; no car is necessary; all you have to do is just walk, look, listen and smell.

A Riverside Walk, Cornagrade, Enniskillen

Enniskillen Castle

Starting from the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, follow the riverside path northwards. In springtime this track is bordered by banks of the white-flowered greater stitchwort, stands of pink hairy willowherb and the umbellifer cow parsley. Common and black-headed gulls winter here and they are occasionally joined by Iceland and Mediterranean gulls. Large numbers of mallard and mute swans gather, expecting to be fed at the Round ‘O’ Park. Kingfishers can sometimes be seen skimming past while great crested and little grebes dive for food.

The Back Lough has a wintering flock of tufted duck while in late spring a churring sound from the reed beds announces the return of the sedge warbler, a migrant which has wintered in Africa. 

The Devenish Local Nature Reserve at the western end of Back Lough has wet sedge and rush-rich meadows where common spotted orchids abound and reed buntings can be seen.

How to get there

‚‚This walk is situated adjacent to the Cornagrade housing estate. It is easily accessed from Enniskillen town centre on the A32 across Johnston Bridge; once you cross this bridge take the first left where the path begins. This is a beautiful linear walk, the footpath which runs along the Lough Shore is 800m/0.5 miles long. Once you reach the playground, you may turn and return back to the town centre or alternatively a further 400m along the path lies a nature reserve.

Trail Information, Facilities & Access

  • ‚800m/0.5 miles Linear Walk, even surface. ‚ 
  • Best accessed on foot or by bicycle. ‚ 
  • Parking available in various town centre car parks. ‚ 
  • Wheelchair accessible. ‚ 
  • Play areas.

1 Castle Coole National Trust

Castle Coole National Trust

‚Enniskillen, BT74 6JY ‚
Tel: 028 6632 2690 ‚ Email: castlecoole@ nationaltrust.org.uk ‚
OS Grid Ref: H245431
 

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 site is also rich in dragonflies and butterflies: keep a lookout 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

Opening times

For house opening times and prices check website or call to confirm. ‚ Grounds 10am to 7pm during spring/summer.

How to get there

By road on A4 Enniskillen – Belfast road, approximately 1 mile/1.6km from town centre on left. ‚
By cycle NCN91.

Trail Information, Facilities & Access

  • ‚ 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. ‚ 
  • Car park with separate mobility parking and drop-off point. ‚ 
  • Children’s play area. ‚
  • Front-carrying baby slings for loan. Baby back-carriers admitted. ‚
  • Baby-changing facilities and accessible toilet. ‚ 
  • Tallow tea-room and gift shop.