The Lakeland landscape of County Fermanagh is the perfect place for a relaxing break, an active holiday or a bit of both.
Easing through the expansive Lough Erne, the waterway that dominates the county, is a must-do, whether you hire and skipper a boat yourself or let someone else takes the helm.
Cruise to the famous monastic site on Devenish Island with its centuries-old churches and towers, and then head to White Island to view its ancient stone figures.
The picturesque island town of Enniskillen sits between upper and lower Lough Erne and with its fine restaurants and super-friendly pubs is the ideal place to moor for the evening. Mingle with the locals and you’ll soon discover the famous easy-going side to Fermanagh and Irish life.
Fermanagh is also renowned for the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, a combination of underground and above ground natural wonders.
Marble Arch Caves is regarded as one of the finest show caves in Europe and exploring the subterranean rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers is a memorable experience.
Those who enjoy a hike should make for the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail, also part of the Geopark.
The linear, boardwalk trail crosses the rugged wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain, climbing through eight million years of geological history to the summit plateau where inspiring views await.
The county’s natural beauty is complemented by its rich heritage embodied in the elegance of Florence Court, a Georgian mansion, and 19th century Crom Castle. Tour the first and stay in the second for a glimpse of the splendour of yesteryears.
A trip to Fermanagh would not be complete without a visit to Belleek Pottery, where for more than 160 years, master craft workers have been producing the world-renowned fine china.
The daily tours reveal the intricate work involved in producing the homeware, while the museum in the visitors’ centre displays pieces dating back to 1857.
Among the local hotels is the family-run Mahons, which in 2019 is celebrating 135 years in business. The owners will present a year-long program of events to mark the achievement, including live entertainment nights, delicious menus and special weekend packages.
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