THINGS TO DO IN COUNTY FERMANAGH
County Fermanagh is located on Northern Ireland's extreme southwest border with the Republic, and the rural land is characterised by its beauty, tranquillity and its slower pace of life. The pride and joy of the county is the enormous double lake of Lough Erne, which hosts some of the nation's best kept secrets. There are a number of hidden islands to explore, as well as enchanting castles and deep forests, making the area a dream destination for both photographers and outdoor adventurers alike.
Hire a boat and discover this pristine paradise before retreating back into the warmth of a lively local pub or your cosy accommodation. There are so many incredible things to do in County Fermanagh, so travel to Northern Ireland with P&O Ferries today and start your own Irish escape.
Perhaps the most famous activity in the area is the chance to delve into the Marble Arch Caves, which form a major part of Northern Ireland's only designated UNESCO Global Geopark. Formed 895 million years ago, these magnificent limestone caverns need to be seen to be believed. For those interested in history, head to the county town of Enniskillen. The 600-year-old castle here boasts two museums: the Fermanagh County Museum, which covers local life through the ages, and The Inniskillings Museum, dedicated to the area's military past.
Further enjoyment can be found exploring some of Northern Ireland's grandest houses like the 18th century Georgian marvel Florence Court, as well as the lavishly decorated Castle Coole with its ornate state bedroom, a residence specifically decorated to accommodate a visit from King George IV.
It's impossible to overstate the natural beauty of Northern Ireland's stunning Lakeland region, so it's essential for any visitor to get out onto the water to see it with their own eyes. Dominating much of the landscape are Upper and Lower Lough Erne, two lakes which are actually dramatically widened sections of the River Erne. Sprinkled along the water are attractive islands, which you can either explore on a chartered boat cruise or view from the striking Magho Cliffs.
The closest to the region's capital of Enniskillen is Devenish Island, which is home to the remarkable ruins of a 6th century medieval monastic site. For further ancient wonders, head to White Island and Boa Island where you'll spot fascinating stone carvings of Celtic idols. If you're simply looking for seclusion, Lusty Beg is perfect for short stays, and offers couples and families alike a chance to reconnect with nature.
A Sporting Paradise
With miles of natural landscapes at your fingertips, it isn't a surprise to learn that this area is beloved by sporting enthusiasts. Cyclists in particular love the numerous impressive trails that weave through forests, past castles and around the shore of Lough Erne. The most popular route is the 230-mile Kingfisher Trail (named after the birds local to the area) which is ideal for both short and long trips.
You don't just have to be on wheels to have fun though, with other adventure pursuits like hiking, canoeing, water skiing and golf also very popular. If you're looking for something a little less demanding though, Lough Erne is considered one of the finest coarse fishing waters in Europe, thanks to its abundance of bream, roach, pike and perch.
Explore the natural beauty of Northern Ireland by taking the ferry from Liverpool to Dublin or from Cairnryan to Larne with P&O Ferries.