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8 ways to spend a romantic break in Co Fermanagh

Famed as Northern Ireland’s lakeland county, Fermanagh is known as a haven of natural spaces and the perfect escape from the daily grind.

And there are a whole host of romantic experiences which are sure to make any couple’s time together extra special.

Take a look through some of the top spots to visit in Fermanagh surrounded by the most beautiful of scenery.

1. Enjoy a stargazing night at Finn Lough

One mile from the Fermanagh and County Donegal border, a night spent stargazing is a must in one of its unique bubble domes.

Located in the middle of an enchanting forest, it provides everything needed to enjoy a beautiful night sky.

The transparent walls and roof and the four-poster bed make it perfect for stargazing in comfort.

In the morning, slip into comfy slippers, relax in a fluffy robe and tuck into a delicious breakfast. Plan and book head though, as these domes went viral when they launched.

After a great breakfast hire bikes at Finn Lough and take a leisurely ride to explore the area. Take the forest loop which will serve up a big slice of countryside heaven.

2. Float along Lough Erne

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Lough Erne

The best view of Fermanagh’s stunning scenery is from the water, so why not hire a canoe or kayak for a tranquil escape from any daytime doldrums.

Gently paddle around Lough Erne’s bays with your other half in a two-person kayak into the setting sun.

All you’ll hear is the soft slap of the water on your hull, and the cry of the curlew or lapwing.

3. Enjoy a meal for two on Lusty Beg Island

To fuel romantic adventures, good quality food and drink is a must. For a lovely meal for two, take the free ferry boat over to Lusty Beg Island.

Taste the delicious local produce on offer such as fresh smoked wild salmon. 

The magical wooded lakeside location makes the tasting experience even more unique.

Wash the quality food down with an Inishmacsaint craft beer, made locally from pure Fermanagh rain water.

 4. Stop in for a drink at Blakes of the Hollow

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If your Inishmacsaint has given a taste for quality drinks, then head on to Blakes of the Hollow in Enniskillen. Famous for its rich, traditional heritage, you can warm up with a pint of the black stuff by a lit fire or tap along to live traditional music hosted every Friday and enjoy life in one of Fermanagh’s oldest pubs.

Eagle-eyed Game of Thrones fans will be likely to get a picture beside the famous door inside the bar.

5. Take in the scenes at Lough Navar Viewpoint

Take the 20-minute drive from Enniskillen to Lough Navar Viewpoint, and admire the stunning scenes of Lough Erne.

Stand and take a bird’s eye view, said to be among the best in Ireland, across Fermanagh and into Sligo, Tyrone and Donegal and even as far as the Atlantic Ocean.

 6. Enjoy fine dining at the Lough Erne Resort's Catalina Restaurant

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Courtesy of Lough Erne Resort

Settle down to a delicious meal in the Catalina restaurant, named after the World War II sea planes once based on Lough Erne.

Well-known chef, Noel McMeel, serves up incredible meals made up of the best of local produce and drink pairings.

7. Take in the history of Florence Court

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Rose Cottage at Florence Court

The joys of Florence Court are obvious at any time, but in early autumn they are awesome.

Enjoy kicking crisp leaves and searching for horse chestnuts, and if the rose bushes are still in bloom, you will catch their gentle perfume.

Tour the mansion or explore the walled garden and pleasure grounds, and don’t miss the famous Florence Court yew tree.  

8. Island hop with Erne Boat Hire

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Devenish Island

Erne Boat Hire provides the opportunity to view the wildlife of beautiful Lough Erne and take in the historical sites on board a boat.

Devenish Island, White Island, Boa Island and Inish Corkish, home to Fermanagh's Black Bacon, and another 150 islands can be all your own for a few hours or even overnight alone with nature.

Pack a picnic and keep it in the boat’s storage locker to enjoy an idyllic, floating lunch.

For more information, visit www.DiscoverNorthernIreland.com

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