Fermanagh Lakelands Summer “Bucket List”
#01 Lough Erne
It’s no surprise that number one on our list of things to love about The Fermanagh Lakelands is the magnificent Lough Erne. The twin lakes of Lower and Upper Lough Erne covers one-third of Fermanagh and has hundreds of little islands and inlets to explore along its length. It is without doubt one of the most amazing natural landscapes in Northern Ireland, if not the British Isles.
Belle Isle guests may reserve one of our well-equipped boats for £20 per day. Our boats are 17-foot Daragh fibreglass boats with double skins fitted with 6- to 8-horsepower, 4-stroke Honda engines.
Take a cruise along the Lough on The Trasna, Belle Isle’s own magnificent 50-foot craft!
Go Island hopping on a unique Food Trail with Erne Water Taxi and afterwards indulge in Afternoon Tea at your Estate Apartment on beautiful Belle Isle.
While you are enjoying your stay at Belle Isle, why not make full use of the tremendous Fishing opportunities. Belle Isle Estate has 4 pike fishing boats and 2 Garmin Fish Finders kindly donated by M. Founds, Anglers World.
Belle Isle guests enjoy a combination of river-style, small, and large lough fishing at their doorstep. There’s also a great deal of bank available for static bait fishing or wandering with a spinning rod. Pike come readily to all techniques: fly, jerk baits, lures, and traditional methods. This is tremendous ‘doubles’ water.
#02 Grand Country Houses & Castles
The Fermanagh Lakelands are blessed with a whole host of fascinating and beautiful country houses, estates and Castles. Take your pick from 18th Century Florence Court, historic Castle Coole, the magical Crom Estate and the magnificent Enniskillen Castle to name but a few. If you enjoy a spot of history hunting, the Fermanagh Lakelands will keep you busy for weeks!
#03 Celtic Connections
Evidence of the Celts abounds in Fermanagh, from the pagan stone idols of Boa island and the Drumskinney Stone circle to the to the two-headed Janus stone, the inspiration behind Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘January God’ There are also some significant religious sites to discover including the fascinating monastic site at Devenish Island.
#04 Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark- UNESCO SITE
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is now one of 120 UNESCO sites across the globe and is the second of only two UNESCO designated sites in Northern Ireland. The status is awarded in recognition of an area’s internationally important rocks and landscapes and how they are used for sustainable tourism.
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is host to one of the finest show caves in Europe. Visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around. Prepare to be awe inspired.
Discover a whole underground world of rivers, waterfalls and lofty chambers. Tours of the caves include a boat trip and a walk around some of the most fascinating cave formations like the Moses Walk, Guardian Angel and Porridge Pot. Stalactites & Stalagmites are visible throughout, but can you remember from your Geography School Days which ones go down and which ones go up?
#05 Fantastic Food & Drink
Fermanagh offers some of the finest restaurants and eateries in Northern Ireland.
Cafe Merlot,Cibo Italian,Dollakis,Francos,The Watermill,The Jolly Sandwich, Richard’s Bakery, The Kissin Crust & The Cherry Tree Bakery to name but a few!
Have a drink in Blakes of the Hollow, renowned for its pints of Guinness and Irish coffees. Blake’s of ‘The Hollow’ is one of the most famous pubs in Ireland and has proudly served visitors and locals alike for well over a century.
For all “Game of Thrones” fans, door no 4 is now is situ at Blakes of the Hollow!
All for the love of a fine beer, visit Inishmacsaint is a small brewing company based in the heart of rural Fermanagh – the most beautiful county in Ireland (in a ‘beautiful-but-damp’ kind of way).
For all the Gin, Whiskey & Vodka tasters, here is a new take on distilling in Fermanagh @ The Boatyard Distillery.
In January 2016 the Boatyard distillery unfolded as an evocative scene from a picturesque part of Ireland. Productions of seasonal potato vodka from scratch and distilled in a 40ft column. Whiskey will be matured using the perfect combination of organic farm barley and slow maturation.
To start the Boatyard will produce a signature gin experience. The recipe is a modern lens on a quaint world of distilling with a nod to traditional Irish symbolism. The Boatyard have found a haven of special botanicals unique to this part of Ireland and Europe which will install a sense of provenance and industry in the hearts and minds of gin drinkers the world over. This is the new take on the brave new world of gin and especially Irish gin.
What are you waiting for? Tick off your experiences on the Fermanagh Lakelands Summer “Bucket List”
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