Exploring Fermanagh's Lakelands: 16 Must See Stops

To the west of Northern Ireland, and within touching distance of the Wild Atlantic Way lies a hidden gem awaiting discovery: the Fermanagh Lakelands. Boasting 40 miles of scenic cruising water, from Belleek to Belturbet this region offers a unique cruising experience unlike any other.

Whether you're a seasoned traveller or a first-time visitor, cruising through the Fermanagh Lakelands promises an unforgettable journey filled with beauty and wonder. Join us as we embark on an exploration of this captivating destination, highlighting the top 16 stop-off points along the way.



1. Crom Estate

Our first destination transports us to the enchanting surroundings of Crom Estate, where time seems to stand still amidst dense woodlands and serene lakeshores. Explore the estate's ancient ruins, hire a bike and explore the estate, climb the amazing yew trees, visit the playground or embark on a nature walk to discover the area's diverse wildlife, there's so much to enjoy so a must stop on your boating adventure.


2. Share Discovery Village

For those seeking adventure, Share Discovery Village offers a wide range of water-based activities, including kayaking, canoeing, and sailing. Dive into the refreshing waters of Lough Erne or challenge yourself with thrilling water sports under the guidance of experienced instructors. With a beautiful café located in the centre you can grab a hot coffee and some delicious food after your adventures.


3. Knockninny Quay

Nestled along the tranquil shores of Upper Lough Erne, Knockninny Marina boasts a prime spot within the heart of the Erne Waterway System.  Here, one can seamlessly dock and indulge in culinary delights at the renowned Porter Lounge at Knockninny Country House.

With its inviting ambiance and picturesque surroundings, the Porter Lounge beckons guests to savour a culinary journey like no other. From delectable light bites to the epitome of indulgence like Filet Mignon, the Grill Menu promises an array of sumptuous offerings that cater to every palate.


4.Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges

Let the welcoming ripples take you to the wonderful Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges, a picturesque gem nestled on the shores on Enniskillen, Fermanagh Lakelands. Mooring your boat here is not just a convenience; it's an invitation to indulge in the beauty and tranquility of Ireland's lakelands. So tie up, leave your worries behind and explore this idyllic, delicious lakeside wonder for a spot of lunch before continuing on your nautical journey into Enniskillen town.

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges


5. Enniskillen - Ireland's Only Island Town

Glide along the shimmering waters of the River Erne, until you come to the heart of Enniskillen's historic island town: Enniskillen Castle. As you moor up your vessel by the castle's ancient, story-filled walls, you're poised to embark on a unique adventure in Ireland's only island town. Enniskillen, steeped in rich history and adorned with scenic beauty, invites exploration at every turn. Wander through the charming town centre, where quaint shops, cosy cafes, wonderful array of murals and a warm Fermanagh welcome awaits.


6. Devenish Island

As we glide across the tranquil waters of Lough Erne, our next stop takes us to Devenish Island, a monastic site dating back to the 6th century. Here, you can wander among the ancient ruins of a monastery, round tower, and high crosses, soaking in the peaceful ambiance of this sacred place. The remains of the buildings you see today date from the 12th, 13th and 15th centuries. Remnants of the island's earlier history remain hidden beneath your feet.


7. Carrickreagh Jetty Trail, Ely Lodge Forest

The Carrickreagh Jetty Walk is a blue waymarked linear route through a woodland landscape skirting the shoreline of Lower Lough Erne. The path meanders through the forest which is alive with green foliage and the undergrowth glows a vibrant green with moss, wood sorrel and ferns carpeting the ground beneath the trees. Added to these surroundings are areas where the forest opens to provide glimpses of Lower Lough Erne and its surroundings. Take a moment to look at the Crannog, Inish Lougher and Inish Fovar Islands, which are directly opposite the shoreline. These islands and the surrounding shore are an important area for a variety of wild fowl and water birds. You can proceed to the jetty and take the opportunity to enjoy the panoramic views of the lake.


8. Manor House Country Hotel

As you approach the graceful shores of Manor House Country Hotel, a sense of anticipation fills the air. Nestled amidst the serene Fermanagh Lakelands, this stately retreat awaits, offering a haven of culinary delights amidst its timeless beauty.

Mooring up at Manor House Country Hotel is more than just a stop; it's an invitation to indulge in culinary excellence. Whether you arrive for a leisurely lunch or an enchanting evening meal, the hotel's renowned restaurant promises a gastronomic experience like no other.


9.Boatyard Distillery

Moor up and enjoy a wonderful Boatyard Distillery Gin Tour. This fabulous distillery offers a unique glimpse into the world of spirits, meticulously crafted using traditional methods. Explore the range of award-winning gins and vodkas, lovingly distilled using locally sourced botanicals and pure Fermanagh water. Join a tour to discover the artistry behind each bottle.


10. Castle Archdale Country Park

Continuing our journey, we arrive at Castle Archdale Country Park,  you're immediately struck by the sense of tranquillity that permeates the air. The park's sprawling grounds are adorned with lush greenery, dotted with ancient trees and vibrant wildflowers. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll or a good long walk, there's no shortage of scenic trails to explore.

But it's not just the natural beauty that draws visitors to Castle Archdale – it's also the rich tapestry of history that saturates the air. At the heart of the park lies the ruins of Castle Archdale, a once-mighty fortress that dates back to the 17th century. As you wander through the crumbling walls and weathered stones, you can't help but feel a sense of awe at the stories they hold within their ancient embrace.

For aviation enthusiasts, Castle Archdale is also home to a fascinating piece of World War II history. During the war, the park served as a key base for seaplanes patrolling the Atlantic Ocean. Today, visitors can explore the remnants of the seaplane base, including the original slipways and aircraft hangars, which stand as a poignant reminder of the park's wartime legacy.


11. Tully Castle

Step back in time as you journey to Tully Castle, a captivating landmark nestled on the scenic shores of Lower Lough Erne. As you approach this majestic fortress, you're greeted by its imposing stone walls, standing as a silent sentinel against the passage of centuries. Constructed in the early 17th century, Tully Castle is steeped in history and legend. Once the seat of the powerful Hume family, its grandeur and elegance reflected the wealth and influence of its noble inhabitants. Today, the castle stands as a testament to a bygone era, its weathered façade offering a glimpse into the turbulent past of this storied land.


12. White Island

At the heart of White Island lies the ancient ruins of a monastic settlement, dating back over a thousand years. As you wander through the crumbling stone walls and weathered gravestones, you can't help but feel a sense of reverence for the monks who once called this sacred place home. But the true marvel of White Island lies beneath its surface – for here, hidden within a nondescript church building, lies one of Ireland's most remarkable treasures: a collection of intricately carved medieval stone figures known as the White Island Figures.


13. Boa Island

As we continue our cruise, we encounter the mystical allure of Boa Island. As you explore the rugged beauty of Boa Island, you'll discover the Janus Figure standing sentinel amidst the ancient landscape, its weathered features bearing witness to the passage of time. Touching its weathered surface, you can't help but feel a connection to the ancient souls who once inhabited this mystical island.

Legend has it that the Janus Figure served as a guardian spirit, watching over the island and its inhabitants, offering protection and guidance to those who sought its wisdom. Some say it was a symbol of duality, representing the balance between light and dark, good and evil.

14. Lusty Beg Island

Discover the enchanting allure of Lusty Beg Island, a hidden gem nestled amidst the tranquil waters of Lough Erne. As you set foot on this secluded sanctuary, you're greeted by a sense of serenity and natural beauty that captivates the soul. Whether you want to enjoy a meal, a tipple, some activities or a relaxing spa experience, Lusty Beg Island Resort & Spa is sure to satisfy.


15. Castle Caldwell

This is a perfect stop off point when cruising around Lough Erne, the forest provides a range of short walks through a pretty woodland surrounded by Lower Lough Erne. The site is an important conservation forest with bird sanctuaries and visiting red deer. Two main features are the Old Castle and Lough Shore Jetty. A lovely spot for a nice relaxing stroll and a picnic.


16. Belleek 

Explore the charming town of Belleek, discover its rich heritage and timeless beauty.

A highlight of any visit to Belleek is a tour of the renowned Belleek Pottery, where centuries of craftsmanship come to life. Step inside this iconic establishment and witness skilled artisans at work, shaping delicate porcelain into exquisite works of art.

Learn about the fascinating history of Belleek Pottery, which dates back to 1857, and discover the secrets behind its world-famous translucent china. Marvel at the intricate designs and meticulous attention to detail that have made Belleek pottery a beloved treasure cherished by collectors around the globe. After your tour, browse the charming gift shop, where you'll find a delightful array of Belleek pottery pieces to admire and purchase as souvenirs of your visit. From elegant tableware to intricately crafted ornaments, there's something for every taste and occasion. You can even enjoy a bite to eat in their lovely little coffee shop.


Get Cruising...

Now you know our top 16 must see stops it's time to go plan your cruising adventure! Our dedicated Cruising Page is packed with lots of information and inspiration to help you plan the perfect Cruising Holiday in Fermanagh.

Discover the timeless beauty of Lough Erne as you navigate its serene waters aboard your own private cruiser. From historic sites steeped in legend to picturesque villages brimming with charm, each day brings a new adventure waiting to be explored. Relax in luxury as you leisurely glide past lush green landscapes and shimmering waters, immersing yourself in the natural splendor of one of Ireland's hidden gems. Whether you're seeking tranquil relaxation or thrilling exploration, our Fermanagh Lakelands cruising itinerary promises an experience like no other. Come aboard and let the journey begin!


Once you've booked your cruiser you can check out our guides on Food & Drink, Walking & Hiking, Activities and Attractions, pack your cruising holiday in Fermanagh with delicious food and lots of adventure!

Boat Charter & Cruising

With hundreds of secluded moorings and quiet islands, a boat is the best way to see Lough Erne. Everything you need is on board with sitting-room, bedrooms and kitchen. Think of it as your cottage on the water. No experience of boating is necessary.

Manor House Marine Cruiser Hire
Boating Holidays
Manor House Marine Noble Emperor

The longest established family owned boat charter company in Lough Erne – over 50 years young! Explore some of the finest castles, gardens and heritage sites in Ireland at your pace on board one of our exclusively designed luxury cruisers.

Fishing Tackle & Bait
Tackle Shop
Fishing Tackle & Bait

Visit one of Ireland's largest and best stocked fishing tackle shops, Fishing Tackle & Bait.

Devenish Island Monastic Site
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Devenish Island

Famous for its perfect 12th-century round tower and ruined Augustinian abbey, Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands.

White Island
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
White Island

White Island is located on Lower Lough Erne situated in Castle Archdale Bay off the east shore of Lower Lough Erne.

Carrickreagh Jetty Trail, Ely Lodge Forest
Walking & Hiking
Carrickreagh Jetty Trail, Ely Lodge Forest

The Carrickreagh Jetty Walk is a blue waymarked linear route through a woodland landscape skirting the shoreline of Lower Lough Erne.