TOP 10: Places you must experience in Co. Fermanagh

5. Crom Estate

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This is one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas. Wild deer, Pine Marten and all eight species of native bats can be seen here. The grounds make up a massive 2000 acres and there are even pods available to rent for camping.  The oldest part of the castle on the estate dates to the 17th century. For those interested, one can even have their wedding here which I have no doubt is the perfect dream for many Irish couples.

4. Cole’s Monument

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This tall standing monument took an overwhelming twelve years to build and commenced in 1845. It consists of 108 spiralling steps leading to the top of the monument. From the top of the monument you gain a spectacular 360 degree view of the town of Enniskillen.

3. Devenish Island

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This is arguably Fermanagh’s most iconic island. On the island, you will explore the remains of a monastic site which was in use for hundreds of years. There remains monuments from the 6th to 16 century. There is records of a Viking attack here in 837AD. This is the perfect site for history enthusiasts.

2. Enniskillen Castle

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This castle is the focal point of Enniskillen and is a castle steeped in history. It goes so far back that they don’t really know when the castle was originally built. The earliest they can accurately date it being already built is the 1420’s when castle was the stronghold of the Maguire family for 300 years while they were the overall chieftains of Fermanagh. Nowadays you can come here to see this impressive structure and experience the two museums contained within.

1. Lough Erne

Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh
Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh

You can’t go to Fermanagh without seeing Lough Erne. Fishing here is so popular that a fishing festival is held every May. The people around this lough genuinely rely on this lough for a lot of the towns revenue. A thriving Yacht Club runs off its banks which now occupies a former WW2 RAF site built in 1941 for Catalina Flying boats. In Lough Erne you may also come across a fish called a ‘Gillaro’ which is a variety of trout only found in Fermanagh lakes. The area at the center of international media attention when the G8 was hosted in the Lough Erne Resort in 2013. It is a beautiful place and must be discovered!

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