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    Islands of Lough Erne

    Mysterious statues, serene lakelands and history etched in ancient stone: welcome to the wonders of the islands of Lough Erne.

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    You wouldn’t be the first to fall in love with these pockets of land floating in the inky blue waters of both Upper and Lower Lough Erne. Ancient Celts, Christian monks and marauding Vikings have all left their mark on the islands here, with medleys of pagan rocks and crumbling churches charting their journeys over the centuries. We'll start with a few highlights, but everywhere you explore will linger in your heart long after you’ve left.

    The first highlight is discovering the islands themselves. Hopping aboard a boat skippered by an experienced local, they'll help you plot the best route based on Lough Erne's changing currents, seasons, and movements of wildlife. As you cut through the blue lake waters, look out for colourful kingfishers zipping by as your guide regales you with stories of these ancient islands. Sit back and relax - your adventure on the waters is well underway.

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    Devenish Island

    Devenish Island

    Devenish  or the Isle of Oxen  lies at the south end of 300 square miles of glistening water on Lower Lough Erne. Its 70 or so acres supported a 6th century monastic site, which was raided by Vikings and burned in the 12th century, but it rose again to flourish in the Middle Ages. Its ruins  St Molaise's Church, St Mary's Abbey, and a round tower survive, leaving eerie echoes of its rather turbulent 1,500-year history. As you walk around this tranquil island, take a moment to think about the saints and scholars, the drama, intrigue and wonder that filled this lush green landscape in the centuries before.

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    Boa Island

    Strange figures on Boa and White Islands

    At the top end of the lough you'll find Boa Island, which is accessible by road bridge. Boa was named after Badhbh (pronounced "Bive"), an ancient goddess of war, which seems at odds with this idyll of rural tranquility. As you pass along the main road, keep an eye out for the Caldragh Cemetery. Follow a little lane past herds of curious cows, unlatch the gate and you'll be in a tiny graveyard that boasts two of the most enigmatic statues on the island of Ireland. Between them, they have three faces and, while the larger statues with a Janus face was originally thought to be Roman, experts suspect it may actually portray a Celtic goddess.

    Pick up a ferry from Castle Archdale to White Island for even more mysterious figures. These date back to the 6th century, but form part of the walls of a 12th century church. The carvings are thought to have been seized during a Viking raid in the 9th century before being discovered by workmen 400 years later. They then used them in the construction of the church, itself now in ruins.

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    Finn Lough Bubble Dome

    Island adventures: from bubble domes to luxury dining

    When it comes to experiences, this area is not short of a surprise or two. Find out more about the Belleek Pottery factory, which has been part of the landscape for over 160 years. Stick around a while for a night under the stars in the Bubble Domes at Finn Lough, pitch up in the Castle Archdale Caravan Park, hire canoes or bikes, or simply take a walk through the lovely mix of lakeland, woodland, castles and cliffs the area is famed for.