The Fermanagh Lakelands
Deriving its name from ‘Firmonarch’ (the men of Monach) the Fermanagh Lakelands dominate the south eastern corner of Northern Ireland and is one of the most naturally stunning landscapes in the country.
The scenery here is truly breath-taking second only to the sheer volume of fantastic tourist attractions in the area.
Read on to discover what makes the Fermanagh Lakelands so special…
The Fermanagh Lakelands
# 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. Take a cruise along the Lough or go island hopping to get to know it a little better, and afterwards indulge in a cream tea at the fabulous Lough Erne Golf Resort & Spa Hotel.
# 02 Grand Country Estates & 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
The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is situated just outside Enniskillen and is one of Europe’s most impressive show caves. 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
Stunning natural landscapes and interesting historical sites are all well and good, but what about the in-between bits? Well Fermanagh offers some of the finest restaurants and eateries in Northern Ireland. From the sublime Catalina restaurant in the Lough Erne Golf Resort Hotel to the excellent Greek Dollakis in Enniskillen and the picturesque Watermill Restaurant (image above), there is something to suit every palate, and every pocket!
Where to stay in the Fermanagh Lakelands
We have a fantastic collection of self-catering holiday cottages in Fermanagh, from the super-stylish Snowdrop Cottage to the fairy-tale Whitehill Cottage on the Colebrook Estate.
Take a look at all of our options for luxury Fermanagh self-catering here.