Often referred to as a visitor’s paradise, the Fermanagh Lakelands offers some of the most unspoilt countryside and waterways in Europe and centres on the Island town of Enniskillen. At the heart of the county, Lough Erne with 156 islands is one of the most spectacular and uncrowded lakes in Ireland’s waterways and is connected to the River Shannon through the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
The waterway covers an area of almost 800 sq. km of island-studded lakes and is famous for its cruising, angling, historic sites, castle ruins and stately homes. There are a variety of activity and heritage centres in the county including water sports, horse riding and caving. Fermanagh is blessed with some of the best golf courses in Ireland with an abundance of courses within a short car journey (and onsite!). The local area is full of excellent restaurants, catering for all needs whether you are looking for elegant cuisine or lively pub grub.
Why not hire a Day Boat for the day and cruise up to Devenish Island (just 45 minutes by boat) and visit the ancient Monastic site (home to a 12th century round tower). After Devenish head on to the island town of Enniskillen for lunch and visit the Castle, Lakeland forum, feed the ducks and visit the play area at the Round ‘O’ or just stroll through the fantastic array of shops on the main street. Then gently cruise through the islands back to the marina and to your cottage to round off a days cruising on the lakes
Just a mile down the road from the cottages enjoy a really great ice cream from their own Jersey cows. Say hello to the baby calves outside the shop and watch the cows getting milked by their milking robot.
In the centre of Enniskillen the Forum Leisure Centre includes a 25m x 6 lane swimming pool, athletics track, fitness suite, sports hall, squash court, soft play area and steam room.
Accessed via a track from the cottages. In this old graveyard you can find unusual stone carvings dating from the 7th and 8th centuries. One example is the Bishop Stone which bears on one side a strolling church man with crozier and bell and on the other side a grotesque moon face.
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