With activities on hand for all ages, Enniskillen is an excellent place for a short break away. An old garrison town, and now a scenic but bustling urban area, Enniskillen offers a quintessential taste of Irish life. Here you can try your hand at fishing on the clear waters of the nearby Lough Erne, visit the unique shops of the Buttermarket or simply savour the culinary delights offered in its many restaurants, pubs and eateries.
A combination of high street shops, independent traders, coffee houses and restaurants are all located on the banks of the River Erne and make Enniskillen’s commercial centre the finest in the area.
If you like your arts and crafts, why not check out the Buttermarket? This cobbled 19th-century dairy market, now beautifully restored, hosts County Fermanagh’s best markets and collection of craft traders in an assortment of quirky little shops.
With lakes nearby and a river running through the town centre, water sports are very popular here. Fishing is a great way to relax and mix with the locals and Upper Lough Erne is host to an annual angling competition, which takes place every spring.
For keen athletes, Enniskillen also has a weekly park run and hosts the Enniskillen 10K road race every summer.
There are country walks through breathtaking scenery nearby and options for cycling too: you’ll never be short of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Enniskillen.
As well as the arts and crafts of the quaint Buttermarket, Enniskillen’s Ardhowen Theatre offers a splendid programme of performance art with plays, live music, ballet, comedy and even the occasional puppet show. With a resplendent view of the lake just west of the venue, this is a great way to experience the best of County Fermanagh’s local arts scene.
The nearby Enniskillen Castle, a 16th-century fortification, overlooks the crystal clear waters of Lough Erne and the verdant Castle Island. If that’s not enough heritage for you, history lovers will be happy to hear it houses not one, but two museums. The Fermanagh County Museum takes you on a walk through the area’s natural history, while the Inniskillings Museum has an impressive array of military memorabilia from the town’s garrison days.
A casual diner’s paradise, the food scene in Enniskillen is relaxed but sumptuous. With great pub grub at affordable prices, Enniskillen has some award-winning eateries as well as a choice of international cuisine. If you are looking to treat yourself to something a little more lavish you can try the gourmet delights at one of Enniskillen’s top-notch hotels, overlooking the lake.
No trip to Northern Ireland would be complete without a lake tour. You can take a guided trip to Lough Erne’s ancient Devenish Island and its haunting 6th-century ruins.
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