The Erne System has its share of dramatic landscapes and historical treasures; the monastic round tower at Devenish Island rising up from the Lough, the ruined remains of Tully Castle, the picture postcard image of Enniskillen’s medieval castle on the edge of its island banks and the National Trust’s Castle Coole and Crom Estate all compete for your attention.
As a trade route for the Vikings, the Erne System has never been a modern commercial navigation. It is a truly rural, unspoilt and tranquil leisure orientated expanse for boating enthusiasts, game and coarse anglers and watersports fanatics. As many of its moorings are on islands dotting the waterway, true isolation is possible on the Erne System.
With a number of hire companies along its length, the Erne System is a boaters dream. Cruisers are readily available for exploring Upper Lough Erne, or taking in the magnificent mountain scenery that grips the shoreline of Lower Lough Erne.
Alternatively, you will find a world of entertainment waiting in any of the towns and villages that spring up along your route. In Enniskillen, the theatre has its own mooring just metres from the door, as does the shopping centre, for the more practical aspects of waterway holidays.
Both leisure and competitive sailing take place on the Lower Lough, with the Lough Erne Yacht Club based at Killadeas. Rowing is another popular activity on the waterway while the islands and shoreline of both the Upper and Lower Loughs provide an ideal location for canoes. Short and long trails are provided by a range of outdoor centres, or take your own trip following the designated Lough Erne Canoe Trail and using the shore based accommodations as your stop off points. Waterskiing, windsurfing and power-boating take place on both lakes, with plenty of room for everyone to enjoy their waterway experience.
Wherever you go on the Erne System, you'll be spoilt for choice. You can walk, cycle and climb mountains; you can explore castles and museums; you can go shopping and pick up traditional crafts; you can try horse riding or hit a few golf balls; or you can simply relax and enjoy the scenery and wildlife and let the world pass you by.
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