How can a county without a coastline be best known as a water wonderland? Here’s the secret – County Fermanagh doesn’t need the ocean. It is filled to the brim with an abundance of sparkling lakes, gentle rivers and weaving waterways. And once you take to these waters, you will discover that the many islands of the Fermanagh Lakelands have their own stories to tell: think historic rock carvings, majestic estates and mysterious island sculptures.
You are never short of places to explore in the lakelands – Fermanagh has a grand total of 154 islands. Many of these can be found in Lough Erne, and as you explore them, you will find that each is as striking as the last. Discover White Island, famous for its curious stone figures that are believed to be almost 2,000 years old. Or pay a visit to Boa Island’s Janus figure that was carved by the Celts. Look closely at this mysterious figure and you’ll see the statue has two faces, one male and one female...
On the water
As part of the Lakelands experience, you really have to take to the waters! Relax with a tranquil cruise, gently paddle down Lough Erne in your own canoe, or if you’re looking for a shot of adrenaline, try Erne Adventures for hydroboard and eboard experiences.
12 must-try treats from Northern Ireland
County Fermanagh is known for its food and drink, much like the rest of Northern Ireland! Locally sourced and hand crafted, you’ll be savouring every mouthful of these treats.
Sleep beneath the stars
With nothing but transparent walls between you, the forest, and the starry night sky, you are truly at one with nature at the Finn Lough bubble domes – all while snugly tucked up in a four-poster bed.
Journey to the centre of the earth
Not everything in County Fermanagh can be found above the water – below the surface lies one of the finest show caves in Europe. Sitting at the foothill of the picturesque Cuilcagh Mountain, the Marble Arch Caves are a delight for visitors and nature-lovers alike. With an expert guide, you can explore the incredible natural underworld of subterranean rivers, cascading waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. Fermanagh – a beauty from every angle!
Fermanagh Lakelands highlights
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Florence Court is a truly welcoming home. The house, formerly the home of the Cole family, Earls of Enniskillen, is surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains. You can enjoy glorious walks around the grounds which include a pretty walled garden, holiday cottage, sawmill and icehouse. In the gardens you will find the famous Florence Court Yew - reputedly the 'parent' of all Irish yew trees.