Published on : Monday, June 20, 2016
The allure of magnificent lakelands in County Fermanagh, one of the least populated counties in Ireland, is strong and compelling. The great Lough Erne runs its entire length, and over one third of the county is composed of tranquil waterways.
Spend a week pottering around the 300 square miles of waterways on a hired cruiser, canoe or rowing boat and you will never forget it.
The unique blend of unspoilt natural scenery, diverse adventure opportunities and quirky places to stay in Upper and Lower Lough Erne delight all.
There are 154 islands along with many coves and inlets to explore. Inishcorkish is home to the pigs that make Fermanagh’s famous Black Bacon, Belle Isle to a cookery school and castle, and don’t miss the monastic ruins of Devenish Island.
The county capital is Enniskillen, a bustling island town built on a narrowing of the waters between Upper and Lower Lough Erne and a celebrated craft and cultural centre.
Alive with a great variety of cafés, bars, restaurants and bistros, must-visits include Blake’s of the Hollow, one of the most famous traditional pubs in Ireland, and Ardhowen Theatre, just a bend in the river away from the town centre.
The county is also home to Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. One of the finest show caves in the world, it comprises a fascinating natural realm of underground rivers, waterfalls and lofty chambers.
County Fermanagh also has a colourful calendar of cultural events of theatre, arts, music and dance.
And for those who love outdoor life, the Fermanagh Lakelands can offer endless horizons and opportunities for everything from abundant angling, golfing, walking, cycling, water sports and all types of activity.