Are you keen to discover authentic Northern Ireland in a location that is a little ‘Off The Beaten Tourist Track’? County Fermanagh is an undiscovered gem in North West Ireland, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, just over 1 hour from Sligo and 2 hours from Dublin!
There is so much to see and do in this captivating area that you will struggle to squeeze it all into 48 hours, so here is a little guide to help you…
Arrive at Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and settle into your luxurious accommodation, then kick-start your stay by getting picked up from the Hotel’s Jetty by one of the many Boat Tour company’s and explore the Islands of Lough Erne! Get your bearings of Country Fermanagh from the unique vantage point aboard a boat on Lough Erne, discover Devenish Island and explore the ancient ruins of one of Ireland’s finest monastic sites. Visit White Island, Boa Island and Inish Corkish to find out where the famous Fermanagh Black Bacon originates.
Alternatively,if you fancy something a little more relaxed on your first morning why not enjoy a country walk around the impressive 18th-century mansion at Castle Coole, just a 5 minute walk from Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel. Experience the stately grandeur of this stunning National Trust property set in a beautiful wooded landscape park ideal for country walks. Discover the story of the people who lived and worked below stairs as you explore the splendid suite of servant’s rooms and service quarters of this magnificent property.
Make your way into the Island Town of Enniskillen,just 1 km from our Hotel and visit the historic 19th century Buttermarket. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the Buttermarket,and its beautifully restored buildings where you can enjoy a unique shopping experience, full of exclusive products, which can only be found in the Studios,Galleries and Shops. Make your way down to the shores of lough Erne and visit the newly refurbished Enniskillen Castle, restored to its former glory. Built almost 600 years ago by the ruling Gaelic Maguires. Today, the historic site houses two museums,Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum.
Drop into Blakes of the Hollow, the oldest pub in Enniskillen and one of the most famous and well recognised Victorian pubs in Ireland. Enjoy a genuine Irish pub atmosphere with a winning blend of local food and live music that is not to be missed. Make sure you take advantage of the photo opportunity in front of the Game of Thrones Door housed in Blakes of the Hollow! Carved from the wood of trees from the famous ‘Dark Hedges’ this door tells the story of Season 6 Episode 4 of the popular TV Show.
After a busy day exploring the area why not retreat to the sanctuary of Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and dine in the award winning Kove Restaurant, perfect for Foodie Lovers. Head Chef, Kevin Watson comes with a wealth of experience and adds his own culinary creativity to each and every dish he produces. Kove is a proud member of Good Food Northern Ireland and this is reflected in the restaurant's menu which offers a varied range of wholesome yet innovative dishes prepared from only the freshest local produce and served with great care and attention to detail.
Relax in pure bliss in our dedicated Health Club, with outdoor hot tub, indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi! Indulge in a soothing Spa Treatment at Kalm Spa to rejuvenate you in preparation for….
Dig into our famous cooked breakfast and get ready for an adventure! Tick the renowned‘Stairway to Heaven’ off your bucket list and hike the famous local landmark. Located just 25 mins from Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, this exhilarating Cuilcagh Boardwalk offers visitors an incredible opportunity for some amazing photos! This walk is ideal both for those seeking an easy going stroll and more experienced hikers.
When you’re in the area why not stop by the Marble Arch UNESCO Global Geopark? Enjoy a unique experience by taking a subterranean boat trip, visitors are guided through a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers while stunningly beautiful cave formations glisten all around.
Game of Thrones fans can stop by the nearby filming location, Pollnagollum Cave in Belmore Forest, part of the Marble Arch Global Geopark. The cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during harsh weather. If you fancy catching a glimpse, you can follow the Belmore Forest walk which leads to a viewing point for the cave. The cave was used in Season 3: Episode 4 as Hollow Hill in the Riverlands.
Spend your last afternoon indulging in a little culture and experience the highly popular Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre Tour. When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you step back in history. The museum contains pieces dating back to when the pottery was started in 1857! Make sure your stop in the Tea room for a treat before making your way home.
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