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10 ways to enjoy lakeside luxury at idyllic Lough Erne

Embark upon a journey for the senses and sink into lakeside tranquility in County Fermanagh.

1. Situated at the heart of Fermanagh and lying between the upper and lower sections of magical Lough Erne is the town of Enniskillen, full of hidden gems if you venture off the beaten track.

2. Lough Erne also takes centre stage for many performances at the upcoming FrielFest and International Beckett Festival.

During August its islands, castles and ruins will be transformed with intimate theatre throughout the packed programme featuring an incredible line-up of talent.

3. Discover and absorb the tangible stillness that enshrouds Northern Ireland’s lakelands  district, offering a retreat from the high pace of everyday living. Set in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands is the five-star Finn Lough Resort.

This 75-acre peninsula is the ideal setting for a relaxing escape. As well as the now-famous Bubble Domes that rest under a canopy of trees, you can bring yourself back to nature in a cosy cabin as the stunning lakeside catered suite provides spectacular views over the rippling water. There is also an inviting king-sized bed and a large drench shower in the luxurious en-suite bathroom.

4. From the marina, you can rent a boat and tour the surrounding beautiful waters or relish the calm as you engage in some fishing. The resort boasts a number  of quiet spots that are perfect for the keen fisherman seeking his or her next catch at the Lough.

For those who prefer to remain on dry land, explore the rugged beauty of the surrounding ancient woodland. Make sure to keep a watchful eye for wildlife such as badgers, red squirrels, deer and otters.

5. After a morning of experiencing the ambient surrounds of Finn Lough, enjoy the intimate Element Trail spa experience to unwind further.

Nestled amongst the trees on the shores of the lake, visit the salt room with a float pool, sauna, fireside relaxation suite and hot tub with an incredibly picturesque view over the bay.

6. Once you have rejuvenated both body and mind, treat your taste buds at the Kitchen at Finn Lough.

The restaurant serves divine dishes using the freshest and tastiest produce from County Fermanagh and Northern Ireland, to ensure a truly local dining experience.

Where possible, the ingredients from your plate will have been grown right on the shores of Lough Erne at the resort greenhouse. Choose from seasonal produce sourced from nearby farmers, fish caught in neighbouring waters or even woodpigeon with bacon dust for the more adventurous. You’ll leave full and content, after a warm welcome and fine food.

7. The Buttermarket Art, Craft & Design Centre is a quirky courtyard comprising of nineteen art and craft units and a coffee shop, housed in the restored early 19th century dairy market.

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The Buttermarket is the central focus for the thriving craft industry in Fermanagh, where you can pick up unique pottery, jewellery, ceramics and original art by incredible local talent.

8. The wooded landscape park at Castle Coole leads you down to a lakeside path to explore the shores of Lough Coole.

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The majestic 18th century home at the heart of this estate once belonged to the Earls of Belmore, and is oozing withstately grandeur and awe-inspiring surroundings. Experience the opulence of the Castle’s interiors, furnishings and furniture on a tour to get a taste of life in this historical landmark.

9. The Sheelin Restaurant is housed in a 200 year old thatched building that graces Enniskillen Main Street. With a focus on quality, local Northern Irish produce and traditional dishes, The Sheelin offers mouth-watering lunches, evening meals and refreshments.

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10. Before leaving County Fermanagh, pay a visit to one of Northern Ireland’s most important conservation areas at Crom Estate.

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Wild deer and many rare species inhabit the area, where you will find the ruins of the historic old Crom Castle. Make your way to the jetty and explore the tranquil islands of Upper Lough Erne and wonder at the breathtakingly beautiful ancient landscape of the site.

For more lakeside luxury, visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.

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