Explore a gorgeous landscape strewn with historical landmarks, lush rolling hills, and sparkling bodies of water in Northern Ireland’s Lakelands.
Known for its beautiful lakes, ancient castles and stately homes, County Fermanagh mixes culture and history with natural beauty. Experience the magic of underground caves, see rooms once used by aristocracy and explore some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful scenery on foot and by boat.
Travel back in time to the various eras of Fermanagh’s fascinating history by visiting some of the many historic sites scattered all across this landscape. See the past come to life as you wander the halls of almost 600-year-old Enniskillen Castle, which rises dramatically from the banks of the River Erne. Sip a hot drink from beautifully crafted cups at the pretty tea room in Belleek Pottery, one of the U.K.’s oldest working potteries, which dates back to 1857. Explore the stunning grounds and interiors of Florence Court, an 18th-century stately home where the gardens are filled with beautiful flowers in the warmer months.
Visit Castle Coole, built in 1798, for another taste of the splendor of the past. Admire the opulent quarters where the wealthy family of the house once lived. Compare them with the austere downstairs rooms, which were home to the castle’s staff. Outside, follow trails that lead though scenic woodland.
When you have had enough of splendid buildings, take to the tranquil waters of beautiful Lough Erne in a canoe or kayak. Look out for the lake’s varied array of waterfowl as you go. Or, take advantage of its wonderful fishing opportunities, with trout and salmon among the fish you can expect to take home.
Rent a boat or a water taxi to explore the peaceful islands peppered across the lakes, such as White Island and Boa Island. Choose just one to set up camp overnight or plan to visit as many of the 150 as you can.
Fly into Belfast International Airport, rent a car and reach charming Fermanagh in around 2 hours. Come in spring or summer to see the many historic gardens bright with blooms or in fall or winter to see the distinctive landscape carpeted with crunchy leaves or pristine snow.