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Classical Co Fermanagh: Explore Castle Coole ahead of Proms in the Park

You can almost feel the distant reverberations of classical music in Fermanagh’s fresh air with the world’s largest classical music festival, BBC Proms in the Park, coming to the lakeland county in September.

The concert takes place at Castle Coole this year and will bring together internationally acclaimed performers to the extravagant National Trust property.

Castle Coole is well worth visiting even outside of this international event. Take the quirky upstairs-downstairs tour around the 18th century mansion with one of the experienced guides and enjoy a glimpse of what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore.

But this is just one of three stunning National Trust houses in Fermanagh – and with regular music events such as ‘Music by the Lake’ taking place in their grounds, it’s the perfect destination for music fans.

You’ll need at least a few days to get to the heart of the lakeland county – so start your trip as you mean to go on by tucking into a traditional Irish breakfast at Florence Court before immersing yourself in the wildness of the scenic grounds and the homeliness of the Georgian mansion. Every aspect of life in this classical Irish house, with its fine interiors and exquisite decoration, are brought to life on fascinating guided tours.

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Castle Coole

The breathtaking Crom Estate should be next on your itinerary. Here you can experience pure tranquillity and watch some wild deer and pine martins at one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas. Discover it whether you are fishing, woodland walking, butterfly spotting or bird watching. At Crom you also can experience the surroundings from a unique perspective when you hire one of the boats. Leave the road behind and a whole new world awaits you.

To really switch off from the world, stay in the Lough Erne Resort - a 5* hotel with spectacular views of Lower Lough Erne. You will receive a warm welcome and can marvel at two Championship Golf Courses; the awarding winning Faldo Course and Castle Hume Golf Course and Golf Academy.

Guests can also enjoy a unique Thai-inspired experience from the luxury treatment menu. The Thermal Suite and infinity pool are complimentary for hotel guests. And Lough Erne’s Catalina Restaurant will get your taste buds tingling with fresh, seasonal and local produce prepared by acclaimed chef Noel McMeel.

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Lough Erne Resort

Another quality dining option is Kove Restaurant at Killyhelvin Lakeside Hotel, which has panoramic views of the lough. Consume a varied range of wholesome yet innovative dishes prepared from homegrown artisan producers produce in the relaxingly elegant décor.

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Other Nearby Attractions

Belleek Pottery

It’s a well-known fact: tea tastes better when it’s served in Belleek cups. Take the 30-minute tour of the historic factory and witness the ongoing production of the delicate pottery. Follow that with some excellent Belleek shopping and then it will be time for the tea shop to see if your tea tastes better.

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Sunset on Lough Erne

Lough Navar Scenic Drive

This scenic seven-mile drive through Lough Navar Forest boasts some of Fermanagh's best views, leading to a magnificent panorama over Lough Erne. Enjoy the viewpoints, picnic sites on the way and try to spot the red deer and wild goats.

Erne Water Taxi Tour

Venture out on one of the Erne Water Taxi’s chauffeur driven boats. Leaving from Enniskillen at the side of Fermanagh Lakeland Forum Leisure Centre, the 8-seater boat takes you back in time with the driver giving you an insight into the tumultuous history of Lough Erne.

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