With significant waterways that dominate the county, Fermanagh is affectionately known as the “Lake District of Northern Ireland”. Approximatley 435 miles of rivers, canals and lakes combine to make Fermanagh home to Europe’s longest network of waterways--making it perfect for angling and water enthusiasts.

Credit: Lough Erne Resort

 No visit to Fermanagh would be complete without a visit to the famous Lough Erne. Made up of the Upper and Lower Lakes, it connects in the picturesque Island town of Enniskillen on the River Erne. Visitors can take an afternoon boat cruise or weekend/week long boat rentals are available.

 Although this area is known for this lakes and waterways, there’s equally as many thing to do on land. Scenic routes through lakeshore trails and rugged mountain terrains offer walking and cycling enthusiasts the perfect way to see the natural Irish countryside.

Golf enthusiasts can play a few rounds at the award winning Lough Erne Resort. Named “Golf Resort of the Year", Lough Ernes is home to two championship golf courses--The Faldo Course & Castle Hume Golf.The Faldo champion course (designed by six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo) is nestled on a private 600-acre peninsula between Lower Lough & Castle Hume Lough with stunning views from every point. Its no surprise this course was chosen to host the 2017 Irish Open.

Situated in the southwest area of Northern Ireland, Fermanagh is easily accessible from both Dublin and Belfast—2 hours from Dublin, 1.5 hours from Belfast.

A few area highlights:

Florence Court

Tully Castle

Monea Castle 

Castle Coole

Crom Estate

Janus Figures & Boa Island

Belleek Pottery

For a virtual taste of the Fermanagh Lakelands. . . enjoy!

Footage & video courtesy: Discover Northern Ireland. McKinney Shaw is not affiliated with Discover Northern Ireland.