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Thursday 25 December 2014

What to do and see in Fermanagh

Lough Erne Golf Resort
Lough Erne Golf Resort
Lough Erne Golf Resort
Lough Erne Resort will host the G8 summit next year
Next year's G8 summit could be held at the Lough Erne complex in Enniskillen
The Lough Erne resort in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
Lower Lough Erne. Submitted by Colm McKenna
Padraig Harrington during the Lough Erne Challenge in Co Fermanagh
Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington at the Lough Erne Resort
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Nick Faldo opened a golf academy at Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa
Lough Erne Resort and Spa

We like to think of it as the Lake District of Northern Ireland and next summer the Fermanagh Lakelands will welcome some very special guests to its lovely shores.

So what makes Fermanagh an ideal spot to host such high profile guests, is it the beautiful Lough Erne, the breath taking scenery or great golf courses? We think it’s a bit of everything! If you’re thinking of taking a trip to the lakelands you’ll find all the inspiration you need here for a great break.

On the Water

Lough Erne is unquestionably the jewel in Fermanagh’s crown, it’s 300 square miles of fresh water dotted with 160 green wooded islands make it one of Europe’s best kept secrets. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water in Fermanagh – from leisurely cruises to something a bit more adventurous. There’s no better way to see Fermanagh’s rich, unspoilt countryside then by boat. Take a trip along the Lough Erne and discover some of Fermanagh’s Historic islands including Devenish Island. If you fancy getting active on the water – there’s a wealth of water activities to keep you in shape! How about trying out one of the canoe trails or taking on a new adventure – wake boarding! You’ll find plenty of activity centres in every corner of Fermanagh to suit all interests and abilities. You can cruise the Lakes, take a bumpier ride on a banana boat or go for a totally unique experience with a Seaplane tour!

Lough Erne Resort, Co Fermanagh

World-Class Attractions

You’ll find plenty of inspiration for a great day out in Fermanagh – which boasts some world-class visitor attractions. Why not stop off at the world-famous Belleek Pottery. When you step into the world of Belleek Pottery you enter one of Northern Ireland’s oldest and most fascinating attractions. Original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. One of the most collectable and prized sets is the Black Mark range. Situated in the picturesque town of Belleek visitors can take a wander up to the village and enjoy some lunch in the charming Thatch coffee shop. Afterwords, why not stop off at the breath-taking Lough Navar Viewpoint located 10 miles from Belleek, where you will be greeted with panoramic views of the lough Erne.

Crom Castle, Co Fermanagh

Relax & Unwind

Where better to relax and unwind than by the Lakeside in Fermanagh which boasts some top-class accommodation including the stunning 5* Lough Erne Resort – a perfect spot for a romantic getaway. Enjoy a relaxing treatment in the Thai Spa, spend some time on the Faldo Golf Course or simply take in the breath-taking surroundings of the Lough Erne Resort.

The Fermanagh Lakelands is a haven for anglers. With its abundance of Loughs and Rivers, the Fermanagh waters offer game anglers the opportunity to fish for salmon and wild brown trout as well as stocked rainbow and brown trout. The famous sonaghan, ferox and gillaroo can also be found in these diverse waters.

Buttermarket Craft & Design Courtyard, Co Fermanagh

Unique Shopping

Finish off a break in Fermanagh with a spot of retail therapy – Enniskillen in the heart of Fermanagh offers a wide range of shops including a wealth of high street names & independent retailers. You’ll find the perfect souvenir or gift in the Buttermarket Craft Village. The Buttermarket houses such diverse crafts as pottery, fly-tying, ceramics, handmade jewellery, textiles, picture framing and original art. Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of the Buttermarket surrounded by a feast of contemporary and inspirational gifts, from the shops, studios and galleries of some of Ireland’s top crafts people and artists. A few minutes walk away – you will find the Erneside Shopping Centre where you’ll find familiar high street names including Marks & Spencer, Next, River Island, Argos & many more. Finally – no trip to Fermanagh would be complete without trying out the award winning Black Bacon from O’Doherty’s Fine Meats in Enniskillen.

Christmas in Fermanagh

Fermanagh has all you want for a magical Christmas with plenty of festive fairs & great days out for families. Here’s a small selection of what’s on in Fermanagh this Christmas:

8th-18th December: Magical Christmas at Castle Coole, Enniskillen – 2-7pm daily.

This year Santa and Mrs Claus will make Castle Coole their magical Christmas home as they join us to celebrate the 60th year with the National Trust. Parents can enjoy a glass ofmulled wine and mince pies from the Kitchen range as the children meet Mrs Claus and Santa. Each child will receive a special gift.

There’s plenty more magical markets and fairs taking place across Fermanagh including the Christmas Craft Fair in the Townhall on Friday the 7th of December & the Indoor Christmas Craft and Food Fair on Sat. 15th December at Share Holiday village. To help wind down 2012 Brian Kennedy will be performing in the Killyhevlin Hotel on the 30th of December. Tickets are only £20 and there’s some great over night offers if you fancy making a night of it!

Fermanagh is a delightful Christmas break destination – why not make your Euro go further with great value shopping & amazing special offers. For an extra merry Christmas, plan your festive shopping break today, with hotel breaks starting from just £49 per room – discovernorthernireland.com/offers

For more inspiration & ideas on what to get up to in Fermanagh go to: discovernorthernireland.com.

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