Fermanagh's Lakelands

Lough Erne, County Fermanagh

Welcome to a water wonderland

Great For
  • Active
  • Culture
  • Fishing
  • Food and Drink
  • Scenery
  • Known For

    Watersports | Great food | Friendly locals | Fascinating history

  • Major Attractions

    Lough Erne | Devenish Island

  • Transport Hubs

    Belfast International Airport | Ireland West Airport Knock | Dublin Airport | Belfast Port | Larne Port

County Fermanagh is a water-lover's paradise. Strange, maybe, for a county without a coastline but here’s the thing: Fermanagh has an amazing abundance of lakes, rivers, inlets and waterways. Either island-hop via kayak or canoe, take a tranquil cruise, cycle waterside or trek the mountains. This is a place with a rich history. Think rock carvings dating from 3000BC, majestic estates and mysterious island sculptures.

This is also a place where organic pigs live on their very own island. Really. All sounds a little unusual, doesn’t it? Well, the Fermanagh Lakelands have always been a little different. Perhaps that’s why we like it so much…

A taste of Fermanagh's finest

Fermanagh is known for its food and drink, too – like the whole of Northern Ireland. Sit down to a seafood supper or a sizzling Ulster Fry and you can be sure that the food is free-range and locally sourced. Take Pat O’Doherty, whose black bacon sandwiches are legendary. Fancy whipping up your own gourmet meal? The stunningly located Belle Isle Cookery School boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen and private cookery lessons mean that you don’t just cook a culinary masterpiece – you eat it, too. Local specialities like champ (mashed potato with milk, butter and spring onion) and boxty (a starchy potato cake) are more must-tastes.

Exploring Fermanagh's islands – and beyond

Fermanagh's Lough Erne is home to many little islands, each as striking as the last. Explore White Island, famous for its curious stone figures that are believed to be almost 2,000 years old. Located in the remains of a 12th-century church, these six strange figurines apparently represent pilgrims. Equally haunting is Boa Island’s Janus figure (400-800AD). Carved by the Celts, this mysterious figure is known for making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end – look closely and you’ll see the statue has two faces, one male and one female.

Journey to the centre of the earth

But it’s not just islands that Fermanagh has to offer. The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is the home of one of the finest show caves in Europe. Why? Situated at the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain, this subterranean world is filled with rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Check out the nearby Cavan Burren, too – a remarkable limestone plateau that dates from prehistoric times, and is part of Ireland’s Ancient East. If you’re looking for another adventure, we recommend Lusty Beg Island, where off-track driving, archery and canoeing are all on the menu.

If you have more time...

The Sperrin Mountains

The Sperrin Mountains

Tyrone is dominated by the heather-clad Sperrin Mountains, a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. These are the largest and one of the least-explored mountain ranges in Northern Ireland – just an hour from Belfast or City of Derry airports, yet offering up dramatic valleys, hills, forests and lakes, not to mention prehistoric tombs and standing stones.

Omagh Town

Omagh Town

Omagh, in Co. Tyrone is less than two hours from Belfast and an ideal central location to explore Northern Ireland. A long, steep main street is dominated by a classical-styled courthouse and is dotted with independent, boutique shops. Behind it, rise the gothic-styled twin spires of the Sacred Heart Church and the single spire of the St Columba's Church. Tour the local pubs sipping Irish whiskey and listening to live traditional music with the locals.

Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park

The Ulster American Folk Park is the ideal place to discover the story of the thousands of emigrants who left Ireland for the New World of North America in the 18th & 19th Centuries. The old, whitewashed cottage of bank tycoon and famous emigrant, Thomas Mellon, is the centrepiece of the Folk Park, which recreates a Tyrone village as it may have looked two centuries ago. Other features include replica Pennsylvanian farmhouses, peasant cottages and living history areas with costumed actors.

Adventures beyond the Lakelands

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