Welcome To Enniskillen

Enniskillen is the largest and county town of County Fermanagh, the seat of Fermanagh District Council and is at the county’s geographical heart between the Upper and Lower Loughs Erne.
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Information Enniskillen Ireland

Enniskillen’s name is from the Irish “Inis Ceithleann” which means “Ceithlenn’s island”. Cethlenn or Cethlion was a prophetess of Irish mythology, and the town is named in her honour. It is the largest and county town of County Fermanagh, the seat of Fermanagh District Council and is at the county’s geographical heart between the Upper and Lower Loughs Erne. It has a population of less than 15,000. Hugh Maguire built the first castle standing on the site of Enniskillen Castle in the sixteenth century, and some parts of it still exist from that period. The regimental museum of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers is located at the castle (in its stronghold). Displays on natural history and archaeology also feature. Ten miles north of Enniskillen along the B82 Kesh Road is Castle Archdale Country Park. Situated near Lisnarick, the park has its own campsite. A ferry to White Island can be taken from the park’s marina and boats can also be rented to enjoy the lake. Other available rentals include fishing rods (as well as bait) and bicycles. Drumhoney Riding Stables are also nearby for those who want to go horseriding. The ruins of an abbey can be found on White Island. They lay undiscovered until the nineteenth century and their carvings have certain pagan elements. One of the carvings even appears to be a fertility symbol. The woman is represented in a lewd fashion when compared to more conventional Christian iconography. The church of White Island contains graves that date from the eleventh century. Ten miles southwest of Enniskillen is Florence Court, a house and gardens dating from around 1718 and restored in the 1950s. Nearby too is the Carrothers Family Museum, a family run museum that features – suitably enough – family themes. Artefacts from domestic life over two centuries are held there.

Attractions Enniskillen 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.