15 Jun 2020
A vast haven of natural spaces, a place of rich heritage, a remote and away-from-it-all vibe – County Fermanagh is perfect for those who like things slow and easy.
From shimmering lakes and geological wonders to magnificent eighteenth-century landscaped demesnes, gorgeous gardens and forest parks, County Fermanagh is a delight for those who seek a gentle pace of life.
The least populated county in Northern Ireland, Fermanagh has a sense of space, and life there moves slowly.
The county is home to many must see attractions, among them the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.
The flagship site within the geopark is the Marble Arch Caves, one of Europe’s finest show caves full of glistening stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, waterfalls, winding passages, high chambers and a subterranean river.
The wider geopark landscape covers rugged uplands, lakes and forests and gently rolling drumlins. It is criss-crossed with an extensive network of high quality mountain trails, making it a magnet for walkers of all abilities.
One of the most popular trails is the Cuilcagh Mountain boardwalk trail, which follows a wooden walkway built to protect the blanket bog underfoot and climbs to a plateau from where panoramic views can be enjoyed.
Gentler walks are to be found in the grounds of Fermanagh’s magnificent stately homes and castles.
A stroll through the grounds of Florence Court, an imposing Georgian mansion, will take you through native Irish woodland and an elegant walled garden, and past fascinating industrial heritage features including a water-powered sawmill and blacksmith's forge. The gardens are also home to the mother of all Irish yew trees.
Alternatively, you can explore some of the 800 hectares that make up the grounds of splendid Crom Castle, which stands on elevated parkland on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. The demesne is a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins and is a wonderful place to walk.
And of course Fermanagh’s two island-studded lakes – Upper and Lower Lough Erne – are a water-lover's paradise providing a playground for canoeists, kayakers, anglers, pleasure boaters, hydrobikers, wake boarders, paddle- boarders and water-skiers.
There are a number of excellent watersports centres in the county including Corralea Activity Centre and Castle Archdale Boat Hire and Watersports Centre, both in Enniskillen, the charming and historic county capital. Here you can hire all the equipment you will need to take to the water to enjoy the expansive lakes and soak up the peaceful ambience of this magical place.
Another great way to explore the lakes is on an Erne Water Taxi. The bespoke taxi service transports people around the lakes to visit gems such as Devenish Island, where the remains of a sixth-century monastic site can be admired, and the historic, island town of Enniskillen, which sits between the two lakes and boasts a sixteenth-century castle.
But the experience goes well beyond that, inspiring visitors to imagine Lough Erne’s ancient landscape and giant spirit through the stories told by passionate guides.
Lough Erne Water Taxi, County Fermanagh
Marble Arch Caves, County Fermanagh
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