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Explore Fermanagh's many attractions, from wonderful walks to shopping in Enniskillen... or just relax by the lakes!

Start off your break to Fermanagh with a tour of one of the country’s finest National Trust properties, Florence Court; this 18th century estate has extensive woodland trails, scenic gardens and children’s play area, all set against the backdrop of Cuilcagh mountain. Take a house tour to discover the home of the former Earls of Enniskillen before sampling some home baking in their traditional tea rooms.

Move on just a few miles away to the spectacular Cuilcagh Mountain, part of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. The various sites of the Geopark throughout the County give visitors the chance to explore the magnificent countryside through the many designated walks on offer.

Take a tour of the Marble Arch Caves; this award winning tourist attraction provides a 75 minute walk through one of Europe’s most exquisite show caves.

Visit one of our activity centre’s and try some canoeing on the Lakes, climbing, archery or caving.

After an activity packed day it’s definitely time to check into one of Fermanagh’s wonderful hotels for some comfort, relaxation and good food! If it’s a spa your after to help you unwind, why not try the Lough Erne Resort or Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges. Both have fantastic lake shore settings where you can sit, relax and marvel at the stunning views.

Enniskillen is uniquely situated in the centre of the county between Upper and Lower Lough Erne and is Ireland’s only island town. In its most romantic interpretation, Enniskillen derives its name from a translation of the Irish ‘Inis Ceithlean’ meaning ‘Island of Kathleen’. The town has a unique feel to it with lots of quaint shops, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

The town was established beside Enniskillen Castle, built some 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguires. The castle is situated along the banks of the River Erne and is the perfect place to begin exploring Fermanagh’s rich history. Home to Fermanagh County Museum and the Inniskillings Museum, visitors to Enniskillen Castle can also enjoy seven new galleries which tell the story of the local area from prehistoric to modern times.

Enjoy a guided tour of Enniskillen’s neo-classical masterpiece, Castle Coole. This National Trust property is set in a beautiful landscaped park with scenic walks to enjoy also.

Enniskillen Blueway Water Activity Zone is open all summer beside the footbridge at Erneside Shopping Centre and is the ideal location to try out canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddle boarding and offers a new adventure experience for family fun days out or for individuals and groups who want to explore Enniskillen, or further afield, from the water. If you would prefer to captain your own boat and enjoy a short trip around Ireland's only island town, there are a number of options for day boat hire. For a more exhilarating blast around Lough Erne, why not hop on the Erne Water Taxi. Also on offer will be the new heritage boat, a boat tour taking in the monastic and heritage sites around Enniskillen including Devenish Island. Or step on the MV Kestrel from the Brook Park for a leisurely tour, a great way to explore Fermanagh!

Not only is there lots to see & do in Enniskillen, you’ll also find a range of fantastic accommodation. Westville Hotel, Belmore Court Motel and Enniskillen Hotel are all excellent choices for close proximity to the town centre where you can be close by to sample some of the town’s restaurants and pubs. Blakes of the Hollow traditional pub is an excellent spot for a drink, listen to some Irish music and see the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ door. Don’t forget to check out the Ardhowen Theatre, offering a wide ranging entertainment programme.

 

Start your tour of Lower Lough Erne at Belleek Pottery, this world famous visitor attraction have just celebrated 160 years in business and is Ireland’s oldest working pottery. Visitors get the chance to see, hear and touch the product throughout the tour as well as visiting the beautiful museum and showroom.

Explore Castle Caldwell for some beautiful scenic walks right along the shores of Lower Lough Erne before moving on to Lusty Beg Island - this unique 75 acre island paradise offers a range of accommodation, spa and activities as well as exceptional food, it really is a must see while visiting this part of the county.

Steeped in history and heritage the Lower Lough is home to the Dreenan figure which has been sitting in the rural graveyard at Caldragh since 1841. This two figured statue has given historians and locals much to argue about over the years. Just a short distance away visit the Drumskinny Stone Circle, which dates back to the new stone age. The purpose of the circle, made up of 39 stones and a small round cairn, is unknown but probably involved that of religious practices, astronomical observations and calendar functions.

If you have access to a boat why not do a bit of island hopping and visit some other heritage sites including Devenish, Inishmacsaint, White Island and Tully Castle. For some jaw dropping scenic views and a fantastic array of walks and fishing opportunities, make a stop at Lough Navar Forest and the Magho Cliffs, which is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

A great range of accommodation is on offer along the Lower Lake, the 5* Lough Erne Resort which boasts a championship golf course, beautiful spa and award winning dining is a real luxury choice. Or for a homely feel with plenty of craic and atmosphere there is the family run Mahon's Hotel in Irvinestown. The Manor House County Hotel is the perfect country retreat, with superb views of Lough Erne and dates back to the 17th century. A family owned property that combines old world charm with modern hotel luxury.

The town was established beside Enniskillen Castle, built some 600 years ago by the Gaelic Maguires. The castle is situated along the banks of the River Erne and is the perfect place to begin exploring Fermanagh’s rich history. Home to Fermanagh County Museum and the Inniskillings Museum, visitors to Enniskillen Castle can also enjoy seven new galleries which tell the story of the local area from prehistoric to modern times.

Enjoy a guided tour of Enniskillen’s neo-classical masterpiece, Castle Coole. This National Trust property is set in a beautiful landscaped park with scenic walks to enjoy also.

Take the opportunity to get on the water by hiring a self-guided pleasure boat from one of the many companies offering day boat hire on Lough Erne. The boats are an ideal way to view the wildlife of beautiful Lough Erne or to take in the many historical sites in the area. If captaining your own boat seems like too much then why not take a trip on board Erne Water Taxi for a luxury chauffeur driven trip around Lough Erne, pick up and drop off can be arranged from many of the Lakeside hotels or any accessible jetty. Or jump on of our water buses for a scheduled tours or dinner cruise.

Not only is there lots to see & do in Enniskillen you’ll also find a range of fantastic accommodation. Westville Hotel, Belmore Court Motel and Enniskillen Hotel are all excellent choices for close proximity to the town centre where you can be close by to sample some of the town’s restaurants and pubs. Blakes of the Hollow traditional pub is an excellent spot for a drink, listen to some Irish music and see the famous ‘Game of Thrones’ door. Don’t forget to check out the Ardhowen Theatre, offering a wide ranging entertainment programme.

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