28 May 2019
The serene beauty of Fermanagh’s spectacular lakelands provides the perfect setting for a relaxing, indulgent or all-out active break.
Fermanagh’s island-studded lakes are a water-lover's paradise, its age-old forests and unique geopark a walker’s delight and its charming and historic towns an explorer’s dream.
For those seeking a relaxing retreat, a stay at the luxurious, five-star Lough Erne Resort & Spa, nestled in a private 600-acre peninsula, is ideal.
With deluxe rooms overlooking the lough, top-class restaurants and an extravagant Thai spa, the resort delivers sheer indulgence. It’s also one of the top golf resorts in Ireland boasting two award-winning courses – the Faldo Course, designed by six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo, and the Castle Hume parkland course.
When in the lakelands, a cruise on the shimmering waters is a must and there are a number of places to hire a boat and set off on your own voyage of discovery.
Alternatively sit back and enjoy an Erne Water Taxi tour, which visits some of Lough Erne’s fascinating islands such as White island, Boa Island and the important monastic site on Devenish Island.
The tour also stops off at the bustling island town of Enniskillen where there is much to explore including the 600-year-old castle, which now houses two museums.
Foodies should indulge in the new Enniskillen Taste Experience, a three-hour gourmet journey through the town’s culinary highlights offering a taste of Fermanagh’s finest food and drink including its famous Black Bacon.
For those seeking a more active experience, a visit to majestic Crom Estate, one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas, offers the chance to get out on the water in a rowing boat or enjoy an extended walk through the beautiful estate forests.
Keen walkers should also make for the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, part of the UNESCO Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. This linear, boardwalk trail traverses the rugged wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain, climbing to the summit plateau for spectacular views.
The Geopark is home to one of the finest show caves in Europe and is an unmissable opportunity to explore a subterranean world filled with rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
Fermanagh’s lakelands also offer abundant angling opportunities and a variety of water sports including water-skiing, kayaking, canoeing, wake boarding and just about everything else you can do in the water.
It’s a magical place to challenge the body, relax the mind and indulge the soul.
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