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Lough Erne

Lough Erne is an intriguing expanse of two linked freshwater lakes with 160 small islands dotted throughout. The myriad inlets and coves make Lough Erne perfect for water sports and pastimes of all kinds, and there is a host of wildlife to please the nature lover.

The 300 square miles of water of Lough Erne has a place in the heart of Irish mythology. The lake may be named after Erne, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Meabh, who is said to have drowned in the lough while fleeing a giant.

What is known is that the Annals of Ulster – a rich historical source with records of Irish affairs between 431 and 1540 – were written on Belle Isle. The island is also home to the Belle Isle Castle, a 17th century landmark that now houses a cookery school.

But most people visit Lough Erne to sail, or fish, or canoe. Anglers can find wild brown trout, salmon, pike, bream, perch and pike, and sailors and cruisers can enjoy the waters without worrying about commercial ferries – there are none on the lake. Canoeists can spend days paddling around Lough Erne and camping rough on the shores, and it’s also possible to water ski.

It’s not compulsory to venture onto the water – there are cycling routes around Lough Erne and many walking trails to enjoy the calm waters and wildlife. Lapwings, curlews and terns fly around the islands and if you move slowly and carefully, you might see badgers, otters, hares and stoats in the woods.


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Lough Erne Resort £125
Lough Erne Resort

Lough Erne Resort

Belleek Road, Enniskillen
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 230 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Monea Castle, Buttermarket, and Enniskillen Castle. Castle Coole and Tully Castle are also within 9 miles (15 km).

    Manor House Marine & Cottages Ltd £263
    Manor House Marine & Cottages Ltd

    Manor House Marine & Cottages Ltd

    Lough Erne, Killadeas, Enniskillen
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 4 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Enniskillen, this golf cottage is within 6 miles (10 km) of Lough Erne, Castle Archdale Country Park and Devenish Island. Buttermarket and Enniskillen Castle are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Lusty Beg Island £108
      Lusty Beg Island

      Lusty Beg Island

      Boa Island, Enniskillen
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 5 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Enniskillen, this spa hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Caldragh Cemetery and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle Caldwell and Castle Archdale Country Park. Lough Erne and Belleek Pottery are also within 12 miles (20 km).

        Mahons Hotel £62
        Mahons Hotel

        Mahons Hotel

        2 Mill Street, Enniskillen
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 25 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Enniskillen, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Castle Archdale Country Park, Lough Erne and Springhill Golf and Country Club. Devenish Island and Buttermarket are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Lakeside Cottage In Kesh With Panoramic Views Over Lough Erne,
          Lakeside Cottage In Kesh With Panoramic Views Over Lough Erne,

          Lakeside Cottage In Kesh With Panoramic Views Over Lough Erne,

          , Fermanagh
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 4 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated on the waterfront, this romantic cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Caldragh Cemetery, Castle Archdale Country Park and Lough Erne. Castle Caldwell and Lough Derg are also within 12 miles (20 km).

            Giant Serviced Apt Lough Erne Village £315
            Giant Serviced Apt Lough Erne Village

            Giant Serviced Apt Lough Erne Village

            32 Lough Erne Golf Village, Fermanagh, Enniskillen
               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in Enniskillen, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Monea Castle, Enniskillen Castle and Buttermarket. Castle Coole and Tully Castle are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              The Enniskillen Hotel £75
              The Enniskillen Hotel

              The Enniskillen Hotel

              72 Forthill St., Enniskillen
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 31 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Enniskillen, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castle Coole and Buttermarket. Enniskillen Castle is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

                Picturesque Village House £78
                Picturesque Village House

                Picturesque Village House

                36 High Street, Pettigo
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Pettigo, this country house is within 9 miles (15 km) of Caldragh Cemetery, Lough Derg and Castle Caldwell. Castle Archdale Country Park and Lough Erne are also within 12 miles (20 km).