The first thing you notice about County Fermanagh is the
water. It laps softly at jetties at the quiet shoreline of Upper
Lough Erne. It leaps into view as you drive around Lower Lough
Erne, where heavy swathes of dense green forests pull back to
reveal breathtaking glimpses of blue. And it soothes the senses
with its hypnotic liquid beauty.
Linked by the winding River Erne, Lough Erne is actually made up of two lakes – Upper and Lower Lough Erne, and has the bustling town of Enniskillen at its geographical heart. Visit in summer and you’ll find a lively spot that feels constantly in motion. Cruisers roll slowly into town carrying groups of families and friends for lunch at cosy pubs and quirky restaurants; kayakers and paddlers set off from the Enniskillen Blueway Water Activity Zone; and boat criss-cross the waters heading for the monastic island of Devenish and the mysterious carvings of White Island.
Standing strong over the shimmering waters, Enniskillen Castle holds the key to many of the area’s secrets and in the Fermanagh County Museum you’ll find everything from Bronze Age gold torcs to the history of the Maguires, who ruled over Fermanagh for more than 300 years. It’s a good place to get a sense of this romantic part of the island – a place that has inspired poets, musicians, artists and pilgrims. Beyond town, you’ll find forests adorned in velvety green moss; National Trust mansions, sumptuous estates and gracious gardens; crumbling castles and stunning cliffs; quirky museums and quaint cafés. Beauty comes naturally to this part of the island and before you know it, you’ll have fallen for its charms.