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Enniskillen Area Guidebook

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Enniskillen Area Guidebook

Sightseeing
A.K.A Stairway to heaven. 20 minutes drive away This route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain which provides breath taking views of the surrounding low lands. Duration: 3 -5 hours walk depending on fitness level/how long you want to stay at the platform at the summit. The trail consists of a 4km road walk before starting the ascent up the boardwalk, and to exit you must return along the trail. The boardwalk is steep and physically challenging, so be prepared to go wearing suitable walking/hiking gear and bring plenty of water. Directions: Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, Marlbank Rd, Florencecourt, Enniskillen BT92 1ER The car park will be on your left hand side. Please note that there are no toilet facilities here and there is a £5/€5 parking charge. Alternatively, there is a free car park located at Killykeegan Nature Reserve car park, which is located a further 0.7 miles/1 km past the entrance for Cuilcagh Boardwalk on your right hand side. There are toilet and picnic facilities located here. For the more experienced hikers, take a look at the Cuilcagh Mountain Loop walk (20km, 5-7 hours)
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Cuilcagh Boardwalk, Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail
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A.K.A Stairway to heaven. 20 minutes drive away This route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform on Cuilcagh Mountain which provides breath taking views of the surrounding low lands. Duration: 3 -5 hours walk depending on fitness level/how long you want to stay at the platform at the summit. The trail consists of a 4km road walk before starting the ascent up the boardwalk, and to exit you must return along the trail. The boardwalk is steep and physically challenging, so be prepared to go wearing suitable walking/hiking gear and bring plenty of water. Directions: Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, Marlbank Rd, Florencecourt, Enniskillen BT92 1ER The car park will be on your left hand side. Please note that there are no toilet facilities here and there is a £5/€5 parking charge. Alternatively, there is a free car park located at Killykeegan Nature Reserve car park, which is located a further 0.7 miles/1 km past the entrance for Cuilcagh Boardwalk on your right hand side. There are toilet and picnic facilities located here. For the more experienced hikers, take a look at the Cuilcagh Mountain Loop walk (20km, 5-7 hours)
25 Minutes drive away Directions: Blackslee Waterfall Walk Parking, Enniskillen BT93 6FA Join the A46 going out of Enniskillen. Continue along this road for around 8 miles until you see a Fuel station on your right hand side. Take the next left shortly after this, which will be signposted for Forest Drive 4.5 miles, Churchill and Derrygonnelly. This will bring you onto Church hill road. Follow further brown signs for Forest Drive. You will branch left onto Glennasheever road. Follow this for 3 miles and you will see the entrance to the Lough Navar Forest Drive on your right hand side. The forest drive takes you on a scenic loop up to the breathtaking Magho viewpoint where there are cliff walks and picnic benches ideal for a spot of lunch in warmer weather. Allow around 30 minutes for the drive around the loop + extra time depending on how long you wish to stay at the view point for. There are also several stops on the way up. Note no toilet facilities available here.
Lough Navar Forest Viewpoint
25 Minutes drive away Directions: Blackslee Waterfall Walk Parking, Enniskillen BT93 6FA Join the A46 going out of Enniskillen. Continue along this road for around 8 miles until you see a Fuel station on your right hand side. Take the next left shortly after this, which will be signposted for Forest Drive 4.5 miles, Churchill and Derrygonnelly. This will bring you onto Church hill road. Follow further brown signs for Forest Drive. You will branch left onto Glennasheever road. Follow this for 3 miles and you will see the entrance to the Lough Navar Forest Drive on your right hand side. The forest drive takes you on a scenic loop up to the breathtaking Magho viewpoint where there are cliff walks and picnic benches ideal for a spot of lunch in warmer weather. Allow around 30 minutes for the drive around the loop + extra time depending on how long you wish to stay at the view point for. There are also several stops on the way up. Note no toilet facilities available here.
<5 minutes drive away Private tours on Lough Erne with guide Enniskillen is Ireland’s only island town – what better way to explore all it has to offer than from the water itself! The tours offered by Erne Water taxi provide a personalised, informative session on Lough Erne with enthusiastic tour guides, allowing you to make stops to some of the towns most historic island landmarks – Devenish Island, White Island, Castle Archdale, Tully Castle to name a few.
Erne Water Taxi
<5 minutes drive away Private tours on Lough Erne with guide Enniskillen is Ireland’s only island town – what better way to explore all it has to offer than from the water itself! The tours offered by Erne Water taxi provide a personalised, informative session on Lough Erne with enthusiastic tour guides, allowing you to make stops to some of the towns most historic island landmarks – Devenish Island, White Island, Castle Archdale, Tully Castle to name a few.
The ‘Wee Red Boats’. <5 minutes drive away If you fancy exploring Lough Erne at your own pace, you can also hire a ‘self drive’ motorised boat. No previous boating experience necessary. The boats are very simple to operate, the staff are very informative and provide you with an easy to follow guide to the Lough – making this the perfect way to spend a few hours on the water! Starting point near the wellington road entrance to Erneside shopping centre.
Erne Boat Hire Ltd
The ‘Wee Red Boats’. <5 minutes drive away If you fancy exploring Lough Erne at your own pace, you can also hire a ‘self drive’ motorised boat. No previous boating experience necessary. The boats are very simple to operate, the staff are very informative and provide you with an easy to follow guide to the Lough – making this the perfect way to spend a few hours on the water! Starting point near the wellington road entrance to Erneside shopping centre.
Marble Arch Caves Tour - 20 minutes drive away Explore the series of natural limestone caves set within an Area of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and in the heart of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. Cave tours with an experienced guide are available frequently during the spring/summer season, which include a short walk and boat ride. Booking in advance is advised, please see the Marble Arch Caves website for up to date information. The surrounding vast expanses of open water and the rugged landscapes lend themselves effortlessly to an array of diverse water and land based activities where there is something to suit everyone regardless of their interests or level of ability: Including Walking/cycling trails, fishing, caving and canoeing. Directions: 43 Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Florencecourt Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, BT92 1EW
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Marble Arch Caves
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Marble Arch Caves Tour - 20 minutes drive away Explore the series of natural limestone caves set within an Area of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and in the heart of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. Cave tours with an experienced guide are available frequently during the spring/summer season, which include a short walk and boat ride. Booking in advance is advised, please see the Marble Arch Caves website for up to date information. The surrounding vast expanses of open water and the rugged landscapes lend themselves effortlessly to an array of diverse water and land based activities where there is something to suit everyone regardless of their interests or level of ability: Including Walking/cycling trails, fishing, caving and canoeing. Directions: 43 Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Florencecourt Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, BT92 1EW
<5 minutes drive away Built over 600 years ago by the Maguire family, Enniskillen’s castle is steeped in historically events and has had many important functions over the years. What was once one of the few entrances to Ulster, an English garrison and an important military barracks, has been preserved and updated to house the County Museum. Rich in information about Fermanagh and further afield, there is also plenty of interactive displays which are great for kids.
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Enniskillen Castle Museums
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<5 minutes drive away Built over 600 years ago by the Maguire family, Enniskillen’s castle is steeped in historically events and has had many important functions over the years. What was once one of the few entrances to Ulster, an English garrison and an important military barracks, has been preserved and updated to house the County Museum. Rich in information about Fermanagh and further afield, there is also plenty of interactive displays which are great for kids.
5 minute drive away Built to impress by the first Earl of Belmore 1789- 97, this beautiful National Trust Property is home to a stunning historic house and gardens. This is the perfect place to go for a stroll, especially along the 1 mile long lake walk within the grounds. Most of the walks have minimal incline and there are lots of joining paths, so it is perfect for all ages and abilities. There is a playpark and cafe also located within the grounds. Booking may be required during the summer/autumn period due to COVID-19, please check https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-coole for the most up to date information.
Castle Coole
5 minute drive away Built to impress by the first Earl of Belmore 1789- 97, this beautiful National Trust Property is home to a stunning historic house and gardens. This is the perfect place to go for a stroll, especially along the 1 mile long lake walk within the grounds. Most of the walks have minimal incline and there are lots of joining paths, so it is perfect for all ages and abilities. There is a playpark and cafe also located within the grounds. Booking may be required during the summer/autumn period due to COVID-19, please check https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-coole for the most up to date information.
20 minutes drive away Located just outside Enniskillen, this 20 acre Country Park really has something for everyone. The park boasts plenty of forest and lakeside walks, with cafe's for a spot of food or coffee along the way. They also offer a wide range of activities to suit all the family including boat hire, kayak hire, water trampolining, cycle hire, White Island ferry and many other activities that are suitable for individuals, families and groups of all ages.
Castle Archdale Country Park
20 minutes drive away Located just outside Enniskillen, this 20 acre Country Park really has something for everyone. The park boasts plenty of forest and lakeside walks, with cafe's for a spot of food or coffee along the way. They also offer a wide range of activities to suit all the family including boat hire, kayak hire, water trampolining, cycle hire, White Island ferry and many other activities that are suitable for individuals, families and groups of all ages.
Food scene
A great way to explore what delicious local produce our Enniskillen businesses can offer, whilst learning a thing or two from your enthusiastic guides. Expect to return home full, after plenty of food, drink and craic! We have heard great reviews from both locals and visitors alike, so definitely worth seeing what all the fuss is about.
Enniskillen Taste Experience
A great way to explore what delicious local produce our Enniskillen businesses can offer, whilst learning a thing or two from your enthusiastic guides. Expect to return home full, after plenty of food, drink and craic! We have heard great reviews from both locals and visitors alike, so definitely worth seeing what all the fuss is about.
20 minutes drive away. The Boatyard Distillery is an award winning farm-to-bottle distillery located on the banks of Lough Erne, and is simply a must do for Gin lovers! Enjoy a group or private tour of the distillery, which includes a gin and tonic reception, many tasting samples, a review of the distillery’s origins, tour of the distillery from farm to bottle and a take home sample.
Boatyard Distillery
346 Lough Shore Rd, Drumcrow East Lough Shore Road
20 minutes drive away. The Boatyard Distillery is an award winning farm-to-bottle distillery located on the banks of Lough Erne, and is simply a must do for Gin lovers! Enjoy a group or private tour of the distillery, which includes a gin and tonic reception, many tasting samples, a review of the distillery’s origins, tour of the distillery from farm to bottle and a take home sample.