9 ways to enjoy some family fun in Co Fermanagh
The kids are off school and Fermanagh might just be the perfect place to enjoy some family fun.
Here's 9 ways to enjoy and explore the beautiful surroundings:
1. Unpack and unwind at the idyllic Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, nestled on the shores of stunning Lough Erne. This four-star, family run hotel provides the perfect base to discover the sights and sounds of the historic town of Enniskillen and its surrounding Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
2. But before venturing outdoors, bring the kids for a splash in the indoor swimming pool - a safe bet on a rainy day - or relax in the sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub. If you can steal away a little alone time, why not treat yourself to a rejuvenating Elemis treatment in the heavenly Kalm Spa.
3. Now that the batteries are recharged, it’s time to get out in the open air. Just 40 minutes by car is Cuilcagh, otherwise known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Pull on your walking boots and choose from several different walks, suitable for a range of abilities, which meander across Northern Ireland’s largest blanket bog and stray over farm tracks, mountain paths and the famous boardwalk.
Expect to catch a glimpse of meadow pipits, skylarks and hen harriers overhead, while foxes and Irish hares go about their business around you in this distinctive, rugged habitat. Leave yourself a couple of hours to complete the walk, adding extra time for those little legs to catch up. The hike may be a little challenging at times with its steep steps, but the view from the top is more than worth the climb.
4. Once you reach the foothills at the other end of Cuilcagh Mountain, you will find the spectacular Marble Arch Caves at the nearby UNESCO Global Geopark. Marvel at the glistening stalactites as you journey by boat through huge caverns and limestone formations, exploring deep into one of Europe’s finest show caves. The tours, led by lively and informative guides, involve short walks, a boat ride and a few sets of steps, but can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Give yourself around 75 minutes to really make the most of it.
5. Back in Enniskillen, enjoy an activity that requires a little less energy. Visit the historic Enniskillen Castle, once used to guard one of the only passes into Ulster. The interpretative galleries narrate Fermanagh's rich history as the Kingdom of Lough Erne and display local craftmanship from Belleek Pottery and rural traditions of the Fermanagh hearth. With an ever-changing programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year, there will be plenty to keep your budding historians occupied.
6. After a jam-packed day of adventure and activity, finish up by settling those rumbling bellies with a pizza from Little Wing Pizzeria on Main Street, Enniskillen. Tackle one of Northern Ireland’s largest pizzas together, a whopping 24 inches of the finest doughy base, cheese and delicious toppings, freshly baked in a traditional wood stone oven. With a choice of ‘Skinny’ and Gluten Free options, there will be something for everyone on the menu. View their full menu at LittleWingPizzeria.com.
7. Sprayed with a sea of colour, decorated by carpets of late blooming snowdrops, bluebells, primroses and orchids, the Castle Coole Nature Walk at Castle Coole estate is a sight to behold. The rich grassland and woodlands are abundant with native plants and wildlife, including buzzards, long-eared owls and bats. If you’re lucky, visitors might even spot hawker dragonflies and tortoiseshell butterflies.
8. SHARE Discovery Village is Ireland’s largest activity centre, and visitors can enjoy water sports and outdoor pursuits, is found on the shores of the Fermanagh Lakelands. Here you and the whole family can stay at cosy chalets or a modern style farmhouse, situated amongst 60 acres of beautiful grounds. Try your hand at windsurfing, canoeing, climbing, kayaking, archery or banana skiing.
9. Explore the stunning gardens and forest park walks that surround the Florence Court mansion, located just eight miles from Enniskillen town. The unique 18th Century Georgian house displays a fascinating collection of Irish furniture and Rococo plasterwork. Bring a hamper filled with treats to enjoy in the sunshine at the picnic area or children’s playground.
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