Fermanaghâ€™s only local nature reserve is adjoining us so why not stroll from the accommodation down to the 60-acre reserve with its abundant wildlife, bio diversity, walks and natural beauty. In total 3.5km of walks over land and water, with Bird hide, enclosed beach/paddling area and fishing areas. Enjoy sunsets, feeding the ducks or a picnic at the tables provided. This is also an excellent area to cycle safely off the road and has enclosed sand paddling area just like the beach only safer with no tides or currents. An abundance of Perch and Pike makes for an excellent fishing break.
A nature area with pond, flora and fauna in abundance, with picnic tables for eating out and nature trails to follow Killyfole.
Walking, coarse and game angling, horse riding, bird watching hill walking and cycling are very popular in this part of scenic Fermanagh. The Fermanagh self-catering units offer easy access to the Ulster Way and Sleagh Beagh walking routes.
An easy drive will take you to 3 National Trust properties
(1) Crom a 15 minute drive to escape to this breath taking 810-hectare (2,000-acre) demesne, set amid the romantic and tranquil landscape of Upper Lough Erne. One of Irelandâ€™s most important nature conservation areas, Cromâ€™s ancient woodland and picturesque islands are home to many rare species. Make sure you take a look at or climb the amazing ancient yew trees near the old castle. Ideal for a picnic or enjoy the coffee shop. Note: the 19th-century castle is private and not open to the public.
You can hire a boat and explore the islands; have a go at coarse angling or pike fishing or enjoy woodland walks and nature trails.
(2) â€˜Marble Arch cavesâ€™
A 40 minute scenic drive to The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is located in the rugged mountainous uplands and the gentle rolling lowlands of counties Fermanagh and Cavan. Taking in the world-famous Marble Arch Caves, the Geopark boasts some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland and offers a window into the areaâ€™s 650 million year past. Be sure to book a guided tour and enjoy a boat ride in some of the cave.
The Geopark takes in numerous sites throughout Cavan and Fermanagh many of which are open to the public. All of the sites provide for a variety of interests including not only geology but also archaeology, history, folklore, wildlife and activities such as cycling and walking.
A Geopark is an area recognised by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to have exceptional geological heritage. The Sheelin tea rooms at Bellanaleck or the florence court coffee shop nearby make great stops.
(3 â€“ 4) Florence Court and Castle Coole National Trust Properties both 30 minutesâ€™ drive away. Florence Court was voted the top picnic spot for Northern Ireland recently. (We recommend by the summer house or the rose garden.)
(5) The Lough Navar Viewpoint for 180 degree view from Ballyshannon on the coast to Enniskillen and the mountains of Donegal. Great for a BBQ or a tub of ice cream en route to Belleek, or slight detour from Enniskillen itself.
(6) Mountain Biking:
Only 20 minute drive to newly opened Northern Irelandâ€™s first premier 8Km Mountain Bike Trail at Blessingbourne Estate, designed by the world class Phil Saxena of Architrail and built by Dinsdales Moorland. The trail offers fun for all abilities:
â€¢ Moderate, Blue Routes
â€¢ Difficult, Red Routes
â€¢ Skills Section, Yellow Routes
Choose from a selection of trails to challenge any ability, from family fun to the more serious mountain bike riders who wish to test and improve their skills.
Warm up on the fabulous Pump Track at the head of the trail before you head off to explore this 550 acre country estate. Enjoy the trail meandering through pretty woodlands, skirting the edge of private lake and nature preserve, offering fabulous views across the lake of the majestic Victorian Manor House. Then head deep in the woods again, with beautiful views over the scenic Clogher Valley.
(7) Share Water â€“ 15 minute drive to the Share Outdoor Activity and Adventure Centre Northern Ireland
Share is Northern Ireland and Irelandâ€™s largest outdoor activity centre welcoming over 15,000 visitors each year.
Based on Smiths Strand near Lisnaskea in County Fermanagh they have the ideal waterside location for an activity based Holiday Village. We can accommodate all people from all backgrounds in large numbers.
Share is a charity that works for the inclusion of disabled and non-disabled people. We do this by providing opportunities for all to participate in a wide range of creative, educational and recreational activity-based programmes.
(8)Only 15min drive to the Knocktallen walks The Bragan Walk is entirely on minor country roads where you can still get the sense of walking over remote upland bog while remaining on firm footing! This is a walk that is likely to appeal to the whole family and includes several quiet picnic areas
45min drive Beleek Pottery and visitors centre, or Armagh (religious Centre of Ireland with its two cathedrals) and the Armagh Planetarium are both 40 minutes away.
(10) A 30 minute drive to Devenish Island, Enniskillen (boat by MV Kestral or Environmental Service), The Enniskillen Castle and museum, Coles Monument and the Ardhowen Theatre. Enniskillen is a popular place for shopping and has the Buttermarket which houses local arts and crafts (including Rebeccaâ€™s Cafe). The Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism office is helpful also.
(11) A 15 minute drive for some serious car rallying at Rally school Ireland
(12) Omaghâ€™s Ulster American Folk Park is 45 minutesâ€™ drive away; Giants Causeway is 1 1/2 hours. The megalithic tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are UNESCO World Heritage Sites a few miles from the Battle of the Boyne Visitors Centre (1 1/2 hoursâ€™ drive) and Monasterboice only 1 hour away. Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry (Derry) are all 1 1/2 hours away, by bus or car.
Fermanagh Self Catering
DP11 Aghadrumsee Road,
Telephone: +44 28 67751416 or
+44 7791368014 (mobile) or
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