FANTASTIC FERMANAGH IS FOR ALL!

Femanagh

For those who have never been, Fermanagh is a truly spectacular county.  Previous visitors will sing the praises of the rolling hills and mountains, picturesque towns and villages, the stunning lakes with unforgettable views – and they would be right – but there is much more to discover.

“Much of what is wonderful about Fermanagh can be seen on a walk, a boat tour or a drive where the county’s natural beauty takes centre stage but there are many great attractions and places of interest to visit that are suitable for all ages and tastes”, said Tourism NIs Destination PR Officer, Pauline Gormley.

One great way to explore the county for free is the Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend which takes place between March 6 and 8as there are lots of great events and activities arranged – see below for details.

“Fermanagh simply has everything you could look for in a short break or fun day out – the list of things to do is huge and has lots of variety.  For example, the kids will love being outdoors burning up all that energy whilst adults can enjoy a romantic lake-walk as the sun sets.”

To help get you started, NITB has highlighted a range of things to see and do in Fermanagh as well as some events taking place during the Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend, March 6 – 8;

Castle Coole

The Great Outdoors

Take the kids for a great day out and enjoy exploring one of Fermanagh’s many National Trust Properties.  Castle Coole, one of Ireland’s finest neo-classical houses, is surrounded by stunning landscapes and is the ideal location for a long walk with family. You can take in the beautiful sumptuous interior of the great hall and dander through the gardens.  The parkland will be open from 10am to 7pm and house tours will run from 11am to 4pm. Please note that House Tours are booked at Visitor Reception and are subject to availability.

Florence Court

Florence Court House is surrounded by a large area of parkland and boasts breathtaking views to Benaughlin and Cuilcagh Mountains.  Florence Court is one of Ulster’s most important 18th century houses and you can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds with family, take in the pretty walled garden and holiday cottage and look out for other interesting features including a sawmill, ice house and summer house.

The gardens and park will open from 10am to 7pm and house tours will run from 11am with the last tour at 4pm.

Crom Estate

Crom Estate is situated on the shores of Upper Lough Erne and is one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas.  Its 2,000 acre demesne is home to wild deer, pine marten, rare butterfly species as well as bats and an array of rare lichens.  The estate also boasts historic buildings, holiday cottages and a campsite as well as a children’s play area and a wildlife exhibition. The grounds will be open from 10am to 5pm and the visitor centre will be open from 11am to 5pm.

If you like a good story then you will enjoy learning about the Janus Figure at Boa Island which is 2,000 years old and one of the finest examples of early European Art.  Visit on March 7 or March 8 from 1pm to 4pm as part of the Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend.

 

Lovely Lakes

Fermanagh is known as the Lakelands of Northern Ireland due to the amount of wonderful waterways which can be found all over the county.  As a result of this, Fermanagh has some wonderful lake tours available including the Lady of the Lake and Share Inishcruiser that help to show visitors another spectacular side to Fermanagh.

Take a lake tour around the intricate maze of islands and you will see things like the original Plantation Castle at Crom the 18thcentury castle home to the current Lord Erne, ancient Devenish Island with a round tower that dates back to the 12th century as well as lots of local wildlife.

 

History & Heritage

The Aughakillymaude Mummers Centre is open to the public for free on March 7 from 10am – 3pm and boasts an intricate display of detailed mumming sculptures of Ireland and abroad, mumming rhymes, a photographic exhibition, a wickerman effigy and video documentary on mumming bonfire rituals.  Bring your kids along for something truly unique and unusual.

Belleek Pottery

Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a special place in the commercial heritage of Co Fermanagh.  Situated in the picturesque village of Belleek on the banks of the Lough Erne, this beautiful building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian China and Belleek Visitor Centre. Enjoy a fun, family day out where you can take in a guided tour, a walk around the on-site museum, visit the audio visual theatre and showroom before enjoying refreshments in the restaurant.   For tour times check online but as part of the Fermanagh Open Weekend on March 6 from 10.15am to 12.15pm and 1.45pm to 3.00pm, March 7 from 10.00am to 5.30pm and March 8 from 2pm to 5pm.

Drumskinny Stone Circle is the ideal destination for any budding astronomers. An experienced guide from Erne Heritage Tours will be on hand to explain the significance of this 2,500 year old astronomical calendar and the history of the site. Guides are available on March 7 and March 8 from 1pm to 4pm as part of the Fermanagh Open Weekend.

The Inniskillings Museum is set in the historic Castle of Enniskillen on the banks of Lough Erne. The museum has something for the whole family including movies, music, interactive activity and quizzes as well as storytelling.  The museum is open to the public for free on March 6 and 7 from 2pm to 5pm as part of the Fermanagh Open Weekend.

Train

The Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum is like taking a remarkable journey into the past, bringing the golden age of the railway vividly to life.  You can start your journey at the reconstructed Railway Booking Office where the ticket collector will invite you to step on board and soak up the wonderful nostalgia and heritage. Enjoy free admission and guided tours on March 6 and 7from 9am to 5.30pm and March 8 from 10.00am to 5.00pm as part of the Fermanagh Open Weekend.

The county town of Enniskillen has a whole range of hotels including the 5-star Lough Erne Resort with spring offers starting from £125 per person sharing for 2 nights. The pretty Rose Cottage is set in the grounds of Florence Court Estate and guests can avail of a complimentary half day boat hire at Crom Estate- enjoy 15% off during the Discover Fermanagh weekend.

For more information on things to do in Northern Ireland click on www.discovernorthernireland.com or visit your local tourist information centre.

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