Fermanagh is one of Northern Ireland’s six counties. It covers 653 square miles, and the riverside community of Enniskillen is its county town. By far the least populated county in the country, Fermanagh is home to vast expanses of wild countryside. Located in the basin of the River Erne, it is dominated by a pair of spectacular lakes – Upper and Lower Lough Erne. Surrounding the lakes are the uplands of the West Fermanagh Scarplands, the Sliabh Beagh hills, and the Cuilcagh mountain range. The county is mostly rural, and many Fermanagh holiday cottages are set amid peaceful farmland. It is also a popular holiday destination, thanks to its unspoiled hills, valleys, forests and waterways, where hiking, wildlife-watching and boating are popular. The countryside is dotted with pretty towns and villages where visitors can experience life in a typical Northern Irish community. Explore its rich histories such as Enniskillen Castle, Castle Coole House , or its natural beauty along Lough Erne and Devenish Island, or just come for the great fishing!
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Attractions in Fermanagh include Belleek Pottery, where porcelain has been produced since 1884, and Castle Archdale Country Park, near Irvinestown. On the shores of Upper Lough Erne, Crom Estate is a nature reserve of ancient forest crisscrossed by footpaths, and home to a ruined castle. Near the village of Florencecourt, Marble Arch Caves is Northern Ireland’s longest cave system and a unique day out on self-catering holidays in Fermanagh, with boat tours through the winding passages and huge underground chambers. The county’s Lakelands are home to more than 100 islands, which you can explore by hiring a boat. Devenish Island is the most famous, with one of the country’s finest monastic sites.
You will find many stunning walks on the doorstep of your Fermanagh holiday cottage, none more impressive than the Legnabrocky Trail, where the Cuilcagh Boardwalk provides far-reaching views across the county. Nestled on a small river island, the town of Enniskillen is best explored by foot. Wander around the Butter Market, home to 16 galleries and shops selling locally made jewellery, art, textiles and more. Next, visit Enniskillen Castle, which was built in 1428 and now houses the Fermanagh Museum, where the county’s history and culture are documented