The history of Belle Isle Estate

History of Belle Isle

Belle Isle has a rich history dating back to before the 15th century. It is the place where the Annals of Ulster were written and in the words of the esteemed Dr Katharine Simms of Trinity College Dublin she explains that the Annals of Ulster ‘represent fifteenth-century Fermanagh’s greatest cultural contribution’. Furthermore, in her opinion, ‘In no other part of the British Isles, perhaps in no other part of Europe has society in such a small closed community been chronicled in such detail.’

Belle Isle castle has passed through many names from the McManus Clan to the present day owner the Duke of Abercorn.

We have created a short history of Belle Isle for your information. This special place hold many stories, we hope that your will create you very own Belle Isle story when you stay with us.

Another great year for us all at belle isle, thank you for the accommodation and the boats, much appreciated and plenty of fish too.

Book Your Stay at Belle Isle Estate

Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, Belle Isle is a 400-acre estate spread over eight picturesque islands. Inhabited since the 12th century, the estate today offers a wide range of attractive self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Belle Isle Estate is delighted to be a winner of TripAdvisor's 'Certificate of Excellence' since 2014 - to view our recent reviews please follow the link below.

Stay in the wonderful Belle Isle Castle

Belle Isle Castle can be booked for groups of up to 27 guests sharing.  Thirteen individually styled rooms offer guests a very unique stay.

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Stay in a Courtyard Apartment

8 beautifully restored Courtyard Apartments sleeping between 2 and 8 guests.

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Stay in a Coach House Cottage

Our 2 lovingly restored Coach House self catering Cottages each sleep up to 4 guests.

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Stay in one of our Holiday Cottages

3 cottages right next to the shore of Lough Erne, perfect for sleeping up to 6 guests.

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