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Erne System

  • 84 km
  • 1 lock
  • 2 lakes
  • 5 towns
  • 18 moorings
Map showing the route of the Erne System

The Erne System, once a Viking trade route, remains an untouched paradise for boating enthusiasts, anglers, walkers and watersports fanatics. It offers dramatic landscapes, island-dotted expanses, and historical treasures such as the monastic round tower at Devenish Island and Enniskillen's 400-year-old medieval castle. 

Cruisers are readily available for hire, and boaters can explore the different parts of the waterway at their own pace. Upper Lough Erne is a tranquil and sheltered lake, with many islands and moorings to stop at. Lower Lough Erne is more open and dramatic, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Both leisure and competitive sailing are plentiful on the Lower Lough, with the Lough Erne Yacht Club based at Killadeas.

For watersports, Lough Erne is well-equipped. The Enniskillen Blueway Water Activity Zone beside the Erneside Footbridge offers kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding in an urban location. Rowing is another popular activity, with the local Enniskillen Royal Boat Club operating from their base at Portora. Finally, a climb to the Magho Viewpoint offers an unparalleled view across Lower Lough Erne.

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Embark on your boating adventure

From bye-laws and mooring regulations, to locks, bridges, slipways and entry-points, find all the information you need to plan your trip through the Erne System. 

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