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Upper Lough Erne

 

Upper Lough Erne contains numerous wooded islands, many miles of reed-fringed shores, and dozens of satellite lakes connected to the main lough by deep drainage channels rich with plants and insects.

In winter Upper Lough Erne has internationally important numbers of whooper swans which arrive from Iceland. These are often visible on fields around Lisnaskea and close to Crom at Corlatt where Icelandic greylag geese are often present in the same field. 

There are numerous access points to Upper Lough Erne via a range of public jetties, many of which have facilities including picnic areas. 

3 Crom Estate National Trust

‚Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, BT92 8AP ‚
Tel: 028 6773 8118 ‚ | Email: crom@nationaltrust.org.uk ‚
OS Grid Ref: H380255

Crom Estate
Crom Estate
Crom Estate

This breathtakingly beautiful landscape contains many habitats: parkland, lough shore, species-rich grassland, wet woodland and mature oak woodland. Over 400 species of plants and many mosses and lichens have been identified here and it is this botanical diversity that supports a wide diversity of animals; all eight species of Northern Ireland’s bats have been recorded while pine martens and red squirrels have made it their home. 

Crom has twelve species of dragonflies and damselflies making it one of the top sites in Northern Ireland for this group of impressive invertebrates. Along the water’s edge look out for plants such as cowbane, greater water-parsnip, yellow water lilies, and arrowhead. There are orchid rich wet meadows. In the tall wet fen, birds like the water rail breed. 

At the Old Castle, as well as the historically significant yew trees and box hedges, look out for ivy broomrape and parsley on the walls, sweet violets under the trees, and the white bells of summer snowflake down by the water’s edge. The mature stands of oak trees are rich in woodland birds such as treecreepers, woodcock and long-eared owls, while garden warbler are best looked for in woodland glades where there is a moderate understorey for nesting. 

The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is most likely to be seen in these glades while the rare purple hair streak butterfly has also been recorded on the mature oak.

Opening times

Grounds 10am to 6pm during Spring/ Summer: For opening times and prices for the Visitor Centre check website or call to confirm.

How to get there

By road on Newtownbutler to Crom road, or follow signs from Lisnaskea (7 miles). ‚ 
Crom is next to the Shannon to Erne waterway. Public jetty at visitor centre. ‚ 
By Cycle NCN91.

Trail Information, Facilities & Access

  • ‚ There are many walks throughout the Crom Estate; the Wildlife Walk which is 4.2 miles/6.6km in length. 
  • The grounds are partly accessible by wheelchair. 
  • The grass and woodland pathways are free of slopes with reasonably smooth and level surfaces, but can be muddy. ‚
  •  Afternoon tea available in the Visitor Centre. ‚ 
  • Gifts and souvenirs available to buy. ‚ 
  • Dogs on leads only please. ‚ 
  • Try fishing, camping or hiring a boat . ‚ 
  • Baby-changing facilities. ‚ Family activity packs and special family days. ‚ 
  • Mobility parking spaces, toilet facilities and access route to Old Castle area.