Devenish Island Monastic Site
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Famous for its perfect 12th-century round tower and ruined Augustinian abbey.
On 25th, 26th and 27th August 10:30 - 16:30 gain full access to the top of the iconic round tower at Devenish Monastic Site.
This special access will be provided by Historic Environment Division archaeologists who will provide additional insights into this very important site and will be available to answer any questions.
There will be a small charge for access up to the top floor, payable at the tower and will be £2 per adult and £1 per child. It is essential to note that the interior of the tower has some confined spaces, with access to the upper floors by ladder stairs. Therefore, the tower may be unsuitable for very young children, those with mobility difficulties or difficulties in confined spaces.
Devenish is an island and can only be accessed via boat. There are a number of commercial providers operating trips to the island including Castle Archdale Boat Hire who charge £4 per child and £5 per adult.
Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands. During its history it has been raided by Vikings (837AD), burned (1157AD) and flourished (Middle Ages) as a parish church site and St. Mary’s Augustine Priory.
There are ruins from different time periods on site; the earliest being St. Molaise house (small church) and the round tower which are 12th Century. A second church from the 13th Century, which was extended over time, was the lower church. St. Marys Augustinian Priory on the hilltop has been dated from the middle 15th Century to early 16th Century with a church, tower and small cloister. In the graveyard stands a distinctive, unusual, intricately carved stone cross from the 15th Century.
Please note Devenish Island is only accessible by water.
Devenish Island Ferry Service operates from from Trory Jetty from July to October. This service is operated by Castle Archdale Boat Hire & Watersports.
Public guided tours are also available with Erne Tours (MV Kestrel) & Lady of the Lake.