5 Reasons to visit Enniskillen

Head into the Blue....relax, breathe deeply, and let the waters of Enniskillen and Lough  Erne take you on an adventure.

There’s a whole world waiting to be explored on Ireland’s inland Waterways, hours can stand still or fly by as you explore these water trails.  You can become a master of your own destiny when you take to these glistening waters.   So whether it’s a much needed catch up with friends or a romantic trip with your partner, all you need is time to enjoy the splendour of the waterways.

1. Erne Boat Hire (The 'Wee Red Boats'): 

Erne Boat Hire is a family run business which is involved in the rental of small pleasure craft.  The boats are purpose built for the rental market and can comfortably hold six adults.The boats are powered by a 6hp four stroke petrol engine and all are self drive.  Captain your own boat and set sail, journey via the lake towards the monastic site of Devenish Island or make your way to the Ardhowen Theatre for a some tea and scones. 

Devenish Monastic Site was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands.  During its history it has been raided by Vikings (837AD), burned (1157AD) and flourished (Middle Ages) as a parish church site and St. Mary’s Augustine Priory. There are ruins from different time periods on site; the earliest being St. Molaise house (small church) and the round tower which are 12th Century.  A second church from the 13th Century, which was extended over time, was the lower church.  St. Marys Augustinian Priory on the hilltop has been dated from the middle 15th Century to early 16th Century with a church, tower and small cloister.  In the graveyard stands a distinctive, unusual, intricately carved stone cross from the 15th Century.

The Ardhowen is situated on a beautiful panoramic lakeside setting on the outskirts of Enniskillen. The theatre offers a year round programme of professional and amateur drama, music, dance, comedy, children’s performances and workshops. With convenient on site parking and stunning views The Ardhowen is the perfect setting to host any event, meeting or seminar.  The venue features a 290 seat auditorium, dance studio, café, bar, outdoor terrace, picnic facilities and marina. 

Enniskillen Castle, situated beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh, was built almost 600 years ago by the ruling Gaelic Maguires. Guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it has been strategically important throughout its history. Today, the historic site houses two museums, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum.

The water activity zone in Enniskillen is the perfect way to experience the famous lakelands which surround the county of Fermanagh.  The lakelands are crowded with history, heritage and culture spanning back centuries.  Canoe to the famous monastic site of Devenish Island or paddle around Ireland's only island town. 

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