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Welcome to Fermanagh

Welcome to Fermanagh, a county of lakes, islands and waterways. The county is dominated by two connected lakes, Upper and Lower Lough Erne, and are connected by the River Erne. Enniskillen is the County Town of Fermanagh, and is located on a natural island which separates the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne. The town has an interesting history of Gaelic rebellions and Plantation settlement, and the nearby airport was an important base of operations during the Second World War.

The county’s lakelands are also well worth exploring. Wonderful waterways and stunning landscape provide the stage for memorable experiences, fascinating landmarks and first class activities. The National Trust maintains three beautiful country estates, Crom Estate, Florence Court and Castle Coole, all of which are worth visiting to enhance your holiday.

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Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Port of Larne
  • Port of Cork
  • Cuilcagh Mountain
  • Lough Erne
  • Enniskillen Castle

Things to Do

  • Enniskillen Castle: This 16th century castle situated beside the River Erne in Enniskillen has been of strategic importance since its construction. It featured greatly in many of the rebellions against English rule and many of its fortifications can still be seen today. Two museums are located within the castle today, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum. The former focuses on the history and culture of the county, while the latter displays the military memorabilia of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.

  • Marble Arch Caves: Marble Arch Caves allows you to journey into an underworld of rocky passages, underground rivers and waterfalls. Visitiors can even take a subterranean boat to view the glistening cave formations in more detail. The caves form part of the Geopark; an awe inspiring landscape of rugged uplands, lakes, forests, caves and drumlins. The Geopark offers a range of activities from cycling to canoeing.

  • Belleek Pottery: Experience one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most unique attractions at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre. Belleek pottery has been creating original pieces of fine porcelain ware for 160 years. The old factory has been renovated into a wonderful visitor centre which features a museum, tearoom, theatre and showroom. There is also a gift shop where visitors can purchase authentic Belleek products.

  • Castle Archdale Country Park: This beautiful country park and caravan park is situated on the famous shores of Lough Erne. The stunning surroundings and wonderful views make it the perfect destination for visitors to come and take a walk or cycle amongst the woodlands. Boats are also available for hire for those who would like to explore the islands nearby. Castle Archdale’s involvement in the Second World War is also commemorated with an exhibition in the courtyard of the castle.

  • Crom Estate: This beautiful country estate features the perfect combination of idyllic islands, lush woodland and ancient ruins. An old 17th century ruined castle lies at the heart of the estate, as well as the remains of the formal garden and bowling green. Near these ruins are two yew trees which are probably the oldest trees in Ireland at over 800 years old.

  • Devenish Island: Take a boat tour out to this peaceful reclusive island in the middle of Lough Erne and visit the finest example of a medieval Christian monastery in Northern Ireland. was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise founded a monastery on the island in the 6th century and during its long history has been raided by Vikings, burned down and rebuilt as a parish church site during the medieval period. There is a small visitor centre on the island and guided tours are also available.

  • Florence Court: Just outside the town of Enniskillen is the majestic Florence Court, one of the most important Georgian buildings in Ireland. The mansion and demesne are available to explore all year round, including the walled garden, pleasure grounds and the famous Florence Court yew tree.  The adjoining forest park offers over 15km of different trails for walkers and horse riders.

  • Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum: Definitely a one-of-a-kind experience, this local business combines a barber shop with a museum. The owners have collected one of the largest assortments of Irish railway memorabilia on display. The museum recreates railway travel through Fermanagh and the border counties until the closure of the lines in 1957, with lovingly created exhibits like the Station Master’s office, booking office and signal box. Admission to the Railway Museum is free and haircuts are optional.

  • Castle Coole: Castle Coole is one of the finest neo-classical houses in Ireland. With its opulent Regency interior, State Bedroom prepared for George IV and working kitchen, a visit to this historic house will be one to remember. Tours of the house detail how the upper and lower classes lived and worked in this extravagant mansion. Visitors can enjoy walks in the grounds and also see the Grand Yard, the Servants’ Tunnel, and a recently restored Ice House.