Once a trade route for the Vikings, untouched by modern commercial navigation, the Erne System remains a truly unspoilt paradise for boating enthusiasts, anglers and watersports fanatics. With so many moorings on islands along the waterway, complete isolation is possible on the Erne System.
The Erne System has its share of dramatic landscapes, island-dotted expanses and historical treasures including: the monastic round tower at Devenish Island; the ruined remains of Tully Castle; the picture-postcard image of Enniskillen's 400-year-old medieval castle and the National Trust's Castle Coole and Crom Estate all vying for your attention.
With a number of hire companies along its length, the Erne System is a boater's dream. Cruisers are readily available for exploring Upper Lough Erne, or for taking in the magnificent mountain scenery that grips the shoreline of Lower Lough Erne. You'll find a world of entertainment awaiting you in the many towns and villages that spring up along your route. In Enniskillen, the local theatre even has its own mooring just metres from the door, as does the shopping centre, armed with everything you'll need for your waterway getaway.
When it comes to watersports, Lough Erne certainly has it covered. The Enniskillen Blueway Water Activity Zone sits just beside the Erneside Footbridge, and brings a whole host of watersports to an urban location. Try some kayaking, canoeing or stand-up paddleboarding. The Erne Water Taxi and Erne Boat Hire can also be found at the zone.
If you'd prefer to discover the secrets of the waterway on your own, you can use the designated Lough Erne Canoe Trail. Both leisure and competitive sailing are plentiful on the Lower Lough, with the Lough Erne Yacht Club based at Killadeas. Rowing is another popular activity with the local Enniskillen Royal Boat Club operating from their base at Portora.
Climb to Magho Viewpoint for an unparalleled vista across Lower Lough Erne then unwind as you explore the many castles, museums and traditional craft shops that Fermanagh has to offer. Ride horses, hit a few golf balls or simply relax, enjoying the scenery and wildlife as time passes you by.
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