Fermanagh is a beautiful county at the edge of Northern Ireland that is full of beauty and history. We have narrowed the vast number of places to experience in this country to just 10, here it is!
10. Tully Castle
This castle was built in 1613 for Sir John Hume and is now in ruins. It has not been lived in since 1641 when it was attacked and burned by Rory Maguire.
Surrounding the castle are stunning 17th Century gardens and a visitor’s center, located in a restored farmhouse which has an exhibition telling local stories relating to the castle.
9. Garden of Celtic Saints
This is a sacred place of reflection. As you walk through the garden, the spirit of Saints of the Golden Age consumes you as you admire the detailed hand carved wooden sculptures. It leaves you with a surreal spiritual refreshing feeling. It is an interesting place where you can learn about Irish tales and legends before Christianity.
8. Marble Arch Caves
This is an exciting tour, where you will explore underground natural rivers, passage cavities and waterfalls. It takes approx 1 hour and 15 minutes and includes an underground boat journey, followed by a 1.5km walk. These caves used to be home to the now extinct ‘Giant Irish Deer’.
7. Castle Coole
This is a magnificent 18th century mansion and landscape Park. You take a tour of this beautiful mansion where you will learn about the family history, admire the classical architecture, explore the servant’s quarters and feel like you have stepped back in time in the home of the Earls of Belmore. It is set on a beautiful wooded landscape where you can enjoy the views of the local countryside and peaceful lake view.
6. Monea Castle
This is a hidden gem outside of Enniskillen Co. Fermanagh. It has a self-guided tour with an abundance of information clearly displayed on information boards. This castle is one of the most well reserved ruins of all the Plantation Castles in Ulster and dates back to 1616. Like so many of Ulster’s Plantation castles, the design of Monea reflects the Scottish origin of its builder. If you like your Irish castles don’t miss this out.
5. Crom Estate
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
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
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 remain monuments from the 6th to 16 century.
There are records of a Viking attack here in 837AD. This is the perfect site for history enthusiasts.
2. Enniskillen Castle
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 the 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
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 town’s 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 centre 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!