Welcome To Fermanagh!
The rivers and lakes of Fermanagh are heavy with fish and Lough Erne has claimed many world coarse angling match records.
The trout and salmon fishing is good too - so good in fact, that the locals tend to ignore the coarser kind - and the whole region is highly developed for fishing
It is from County Fermanagh that boaters avid enough to undertake the task can make the journey all the way down the River Shannon to its mouth. It is little wonder that the fact that the longest river in the British Isles has this starting point within the county borders. A legend tells of two lovers being the cause of Fermanagh’s wetlands, when they failed to re-place the lid on a fairy well after stopping to take a drink.
Two lakes, known together as the Lower and Upper Lough Erne make up a lot of the water in the county. The ExplorErne Museum introduces you to the natural world of the lakes, and from there if you fancy a boat trip, you can rent a boat and explore the area yourself.
The Lower Lough has Belleek at its western end, a village on the border between Fermanagh and Donegal. White Belleek pottery has been its lifeblood in terms of tourism and trade since 1850s. You can take a tour of the pottery works where you are talked through the process, and buy some of the ware afterwards.
In South Fermanagh is Lough Navar Forest and its viewpoint, at the Cliffs of Magho, from where you get a great view of Lough Erne. Castle Caldwell Forest in the north is another wood, with plenty of trekking and forest walks to partake in there too. A third park worthy of exploration is Castle Archdale Forest and is the home for a herd of red deer.
Enniskillen Castle – impressive with its twin towered gates – houses a museum featuring a history of the Iniskilling Fusiliers, while Enniskillen town also has a war memorial to honour those killed in the two World Wars. The memorial itself is, unfortunately, notorious for later Troubles, an IRA bomb resulting in eleven deaths there in 1987.
General information Fermanagh
Fermanagh (from the Irish Fear Manach or "men of Manach") is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, Enniskillen is its county town. Fermanagh lies within the historical province of Ulster. Most of Fermanagh is situated in the basin of the River Erne, leading to the County being known as Ireland's Lake District, together with neighbouring County Cavan. Fermanagh is approximately 120 km from Belfast and 160 km from Dublin.
Enniskillen (Inis Ceithleann, 'Ceithleann's island') is host to a range of attractions including the Castle Coole Estate and Enniskillen Castle - home to the museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards.Accommodation in Fermanagh
Fermanagh provides visitors with plenty of accommodation experiences to suit any requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible options for your stay in Fermanagh.Hotels in Fermanagh
The hotels of Fermanagh, many of which are located near the countyís picturesque lakes, provide you with a comfortable accommodation tailored to suit all budgets. Whether youíre looking for the charm of an independent hotel or the convenience of a chain, itís all here. Some of the popular names include the Best Western Hotel Carlton and Lough Erne Golf Resort.Bed & Breakfast in Fermanagh
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Fermanagh provides you with a cheap and pleasant stay along with delicious home cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Fermanagh includes names such as Glendarragh Valley Inn, Bay View Guesthouse and Greenwood Lodge in Enniskillen.Fermanagh Restaurants
Fermanagh restaurants serve a range dishes, many including delicious fresh water fish. Popular restaurants in Fermanagh include Glendarragh Valley Inn The Horseshoe & Saddlers in Enniskillen and The Rectory Bistro in Irvinestown.Shopping in Fermanagh
Fermanagh provides plenty of opportunities for shopping. Many of Fermanaghís shops accept both euros and pounds, and the Erneside Shopping Centre is home to 30 well known stores including Marks & Spencer, River Island and New Look.Fermanagh Car Rental
There are no car rental services in Fermanagh itself, but there are nearby services in Donegal and Sligo.Fermanagh Golf
Fermanagh has many golf courses including Lough Erne Golf Resort, which boasts two Championship Golf Courses, the Championship Castle Hume Course and The Faldo Course who have Rory McElroy as their touring professional on the European PGA tour.
Attractions Fermanagh Ireland
Belleek Crystal - Belleek
At Fermanagh's only crystal factory you can watch craftsmen at work, perhaps even on your own handcut piece... Elegant table and giftware, corporate, heraldic and personalised engravings are all produced at the factory.
Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre - Belleek
Situated on the banks of the River Erne, visiting Belleek is like a step back in time. The methods and techniques developed by the very first craftsmen are still followed today. A Video presentation in the audio visual theatre takes visitors through the production process before the guided tour begins. Visitors then move on to the casting, fettling and flowering shops to see how craftsmen design, mould and shape the parian.
Castle Coole - Enniskillen
Located at Enniskillen, Coole Castle is the stateliest of all the National Trust's houses in Northern Ireland. Designed by James Wyatt for the Earls of Belmore, and completed in 1798 it a perfect example of late eighteenth century Hellenism and features fine furnishings and plasterwork.
Crom Estate - Newtownbutler
Located at Newtownbutler, 1,900 acres of woodland, parkland and wetland make this one of Northern Ireland's most important nature reserves. Features of the estate include self-catering accommodation, a visitor centre and tea room.
Drumskinny Circle - Irvinestown
This stone circle, 13.5 km North of Irvinestown is part of a complex of five in the immediate locality. The circle dates back to the new stone age, 2250 BC. Made up of 39 stones, the purpose of the circle and a small round cairn is unknown, though it is thought to have involved some form of religious practices, astronomical observations and calendar functions.