Starting on Lower Lough Erne head northward to the delightful village of Belleek, a renowned border crossing, and home to the world famous Belleek Pottery. The pretty village boasts a thatched coffee house, and a number of places to lunch, buy tackle and bait, or make the short four mile journey to the coast.
Returning from Belleek take the eastern shore of the lake southward passing Castle Caldwell, a forest park and birdreserve. Staying on the eastern shore your craft will pass through the Broad Lough, the widest part of the lake, and head towards Lusty Beg. Lusty Beg offers all the comforts of an island resort, with self-catering, B&B accommodation and leisure facilities, supported by an excellent restaurant and hospitality.
Heading further south, the lake becomes more dotted with islands. One of the best known, White Island, is home to a series of pre-Christian statues collected from islands all over the lake and placed together here in the ruins of an old church. White Island is just off-shore from Castle Archdale, an excellent country park offering walking and cycle paths throughout the forest and, in season, an outdoor pursuits centre runs from the site.
As the lake narrows and the eastern and western shores come closer together, meandering through the islands becomes second nature, easily moving from the Ely Forest and the Lough Erne Golf Resort on the western shore to the Manor House Resort Hotel and Lough Erne Yacht Club on the eastern shore. Just north of Enniskillen, Devenish Island begins to dominate the horizon; the round tower and ruins of the monastic settlement breaking the island skyline and providing a wonderful stopping off point for a visit – and even an opportunity to climb to the top of
the tower for the wonderful views.
Enniskillen, the island town, has a multitude of moorings whether you want to be in the town centre or just off the island. Served by a wide range of restaurants, bars, shops and leisure services, the town is also home to a 12th century castle and museum and a theatre with its own moorings. Extensive mooring facilities are also available at the Killyhevlin Hotel on the shores of Upper Lough Erne.
South of Enniskillen, the lough winds in a channel through the beautiful rural countryside stopping in Bellanaleck and Carrybridge, before heading out into the island-dotted expanse of the upper lough. Stop at the Share Holiday Village, an outdoor centre for able bodied and disabled outdoor activities, or visit the Hare Krishna on Inish Rath Island. The last stop of the trip is Crom Estate, now run by the National Trust, a 1,900 acre loughside estate with a visitors’ centre and café beside the mooring, and walks and paths for cycling thoughout the estate.