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Attractions & Activites in Enniskillen

The Belmore Court & Motel is the perfect base for business or pleasure in Enniskillen and Fermanagh – or both.  We’re right in the midst of all the attractions of this lively town and beautiful county.

The Fermanagh Lakelands
County Fermanagh is a water wonderland. Strange, maybe, for a county without a coastline but here’s the thing: Fermanagh has an amazing abundance of lakes, rivers, inlets and waterways. Either island-hop your way via kayak or canoe, take a tranquil cruise, cycle waterside or trek the mountains. This is a place with a rich history, too. Think rock carvings dating from 3000BC, majestic estates and mysterious island sculptures.
From stunning scenery to lakeside luxury.  Come see why Fermanagh was the destination for 2013's G8 Summit. Discover Fermanagh’s breath-taking natural landscape – and a treasure trove of great restaurants, attractions and other hidden gems. Take in the history of Castle Coole and Florence Court. Enjoy the romance of a sunset cruise. And experience the Fermanagh charm in Ireland’s only island town, Enniskillen.
North West Ireland - include info on Donegal / Sligo - Wild Atlantic Way Link
Belmore Court & Motel in Enniskillen is the perfect base for exploring the breath-taking North West of Ireland and experiencing the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world.
Within a short drive of Enniskillen is  Donegal home to miles of zigs and zags with deserted white sand beaches. Donegal is famous for being the north most point of the Wild Atlantic Way. This is a great starting point to admire the magnificent sites on Irelands West coast and stunning coastal views.
Sligo known as ‘Yeats Country’ as the Nobel Laureate WB Yeats (son of a Sligo-born mother, who brought her children back to grow up in her home county) is celebrated both in the town and countryside. The dramatic backdrop of Ben Bulben in the Dartry Mountains can be seen from Sligo town.

Northern Ireland - general tourist info
• Belfast
Birthplace of Titanic and gateway to Northern Ireland, Belfast was voted one of the world’s top destinations for 2012. Some of the better known Belfast attractions include Belfast Zoo, St Anne's Cathedral, and of course the titanic quarter, birthplace of the famous RMS Titanic.  However we also have our hidden treasures.  Why not visit our own version of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, Aunt Sandra's Candy Factory, take a boat tour along the Lagan or try comedy nights at the Empire bar which is housed in an old church.
Everywhere you'll come across country fairs, street markets, carnivals, drumming contests, road bowls in progress or a regatta on the lake. When the nights draw in, popular venues in town and cities are packed to capacity. 
• Derry/ Londonderry
Voted 4th in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel Guide 2013’, Londonderry, also known as Derry, is an ancient yet contemporary city. It was also the worthy recipient of the prestigious title ‘UK City of Culture 2013’.
If you have an interest in the past, the Tower Museum and Museum of Free Derry reveal different aspects of the city’s economic, social and more contemporary history. Other buildings located around the city walls include the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall, steeped in history relating to The Siege of 1688-89 and The Apprentice Boys Association. Be sure to walk across the gleaming new Peace Bridge, which curves majestically across the River Foyle.
This is a city that just loves to party and enjoys a year-round cycle of festivals, including Ireland’s biggest Hallowe’en carnival.
• Tyrone & Sperrins
The Tyrone & Sperrins region is dominated by the heather-clad slopes of the Sperrin Mountains, Northern Ireland’s largest and least explored mountain range.  Discover the region's romantic landscapes, rich history and heritage, and wide range of outdoor activities. The region has plenty to offer, from the fascinating Ulster American Folk Park to historic buildings, intriguing archaeological sites and unique shopping and dining. Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life.

• Ulster American Folk Park

Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.

The indoor exhibition at the Ulster American Folk Park examines life in Ulster in the 18th and 19th centuries. It reveals the reasons behind the exodus and shows how the settlers adapted to and impacted on, a new and unfamiliar environment.


• The Sperrins

An ideal way to explore the region is to follow the Sperrins' four Scenic Driving Routes, which were included in the National Geographic's list of the world's top 101 scenic drives in 2012.


Attractions
• Belleek Pottery
Fermanagh is home to Belleek Pottery, one of Northern Ireland's oldest and most fascinating attractions & winner of Best Visitor Experience, NI Tourism Awards (2014). Original and unique pieces are made using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation.
• Marble Arch Caves & Geopark
One of the two UNESCO designated sites in Northern Ireland– one of Europe's finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers. A ‘Game of Thrones’ film location.

• Castle Galore!
For the historian in you, Fermanagh is home to numerous castles* for you to visit during your break including Enniskillen Castle, situated right in the heart of Enniskillen town, Tully Castle, Crom Castle and Castle Archdale. Enniskillen Castle, was built almost 600 years ago by Gaelic Maguires. Guarding one of the few passes into Ulster, it was strategically important throughout its history. This historic site houses two museums, Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum. (*Opening times vary please check with reception)
• Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum
There are not many places where you can get a haircut and explore the golden age of steam travel at the same time! Located within walking distance of Belmore Court & Motel, it boasts one of the largest collections of Irish railway memorabilia on display. Admission to the Railway Museum is free and haircuts are optional.
• The Buttermarket Craft & Design Centre, Enniskillen
A collection of art and craft studios, all housed in the restored early 19th Century dairy market, located in the heart of Enniskillen. Shop the work of artists, handmade pottery and jewellery design.

Activities
• Golf
The Faldo Course
Designed by six time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo, his first golf course design in Ireland; The Faldo Course provides superb all year round playing conditions, links like fairways, a spectacular Fermanagh Lakelands setting with stunning views from every vantage point and the Waters of the Lough in play on 11 holes.
A top 100 course (UK & Ireland) the course measures 7,167 yards is a Par 72, the course record of 68 was set by Rory McIlroy (touring professional 2009-2011) and remains unbeaten.
Castle Hume
Situated on the edge of Castle Hume Lough and Lower Lough Erne, in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, this championship course is famed for its curvaceous greens, rolling fairways and challenging water hazards. Castle Hume boasts some seven thousand trees and over thirty bunkers.
Enniskillen Golf Course
Established in 1896,  Enniskillen Golf Club is a superb 18 hole parkland course adjacent to Castle coole Estate, a national trust property. Golfers can enjoy outstanding views over Ireland’s only island  town, Enniskillen and surrounding countryside. The par 71 course has mature tree lined fairways along with elevated tees overlooking the surrounding area.
• Cycling
Fermanagh is part of The National Cycle Network in Northern Ireland - a network of signed cycle ways that are here for everyone to enjoy! The routes vary from traffic-free and family-friendly to ‘challenge’ and long-distance routes.
The Castle Archdale Family Cycle Trail, developed by the Countryside Access & Activities Network (CAAN) is one not to be missed! Along with cycle trails from Enniskillen Castle to Castle Coole and within the Crom Estate this diverse range of cycle routes will allow you to marvel at one of Ireland’s most important nature conversations, fantastic views over Lough Erne as well as some of the treasures of the National Trust!
The Kingfisher Cycle Trail
Fermanagh & Leitrim are home to the Kingfisher Cycle Trail; This unique mixture of Lakeland’s, canal side tracks, rolling hills, leafy laneways and mountain climbs make the Kingfisher Trail the ideal choice for all levels of Cyclist. The overall figure of 8 encompasses a number of shorter trails which are designed for anything for 1 day to 8 day tours. The Kingfisher Cycle Trail is over 300 miles of public roadway winding through rural countryside, Lakeland’s, Atlantic Coast and Mountain Trail.
Independent travel offers the best opportunity for those who like complete freedom. Using the Kingfisher Map, the Kingfisher Accommodation Guide and the clearly waymarked route, navigation is childsplay.
www.cycletoursireland.com
The North West Cycle Trail
The North West Trail is a 326km circular cycle route through counties Donegal, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Leitrim, and Sligo in the North West of Ireland. Travelling through a wide variety of scenic landscapes, utilising quiet country roads with some traffic free sections, mostly in urban areas. The route enjoys dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean, with scenic cycling in remote uplands and through rural towns and villages passing through the main towns of Enniskillen, Sligo, Donegal, Lifford, Strabane and Omagh.
www.northwest-trail.com
• Walking
Belmore Court & Motel’s location in the heart of Enniskillen means it’s perfect for enjoying a romantic stroll around Ireland’s only island town or enjoy one of the many dedicated walking trails nearby. Fermanagh is an ideal venue for walkers.
With its vast array or terrains, mountains, forest and castle walks there will be something so suit all strengths, abilities and interests.

• Watersports
Fermanagh is an ideal destination for canoeing enthusiasts with the magnificent lakes of Upper and Lower Lough Erne, lined by the River Erne, providing a trail of up to 50km.

From the Woodford River on the Upper Lough the Shannon Erne Waterway can be reached and from there it is possible to paddle all the way to Limerick!

Lower Lough Erne and its rugged shoreline provide a vast expanse of open water where large waves can build during windy periods – an ideal venue for the experienced paddler! In stark contrast the Upper Lough provides good shelter with its maze of bays, narrow channels of slow flowing water and innumerable islands and peninsulas – offering a superb venue for the whole family!

Shopping
Enniskillen is a shopping addict’s paradise! With a unique blend of shops from high street names to locally owned boutiques you will be spoilt for choice. You can stop in and have a browse at all of your favourite high street brands housed conveniently inside Erneside Shopping Centre.
The unique locally owned boutiques in Enniskillen are a must see when visiting the town. With hand selected ranges of clothing from only the highest quality brands, you are almost guaranteed to find a hidden gem that will have everyone asking where you got it!
The main street and shopping centre are only a short walk from Belmore Court & Motel, meaning you won’t have to carry all those shopping bags far!
Entertainment - Theatre / Night life
• Ardhowen Theatre
Nestled on the banks of Lough Erne, The Ardhowen Theatre offers a fantastic year-round programme of events including professional drama shows, varied music genres, arts and lectures.
• Blakes of the Hollow
Renowned for its pints of Guinness and Irish coffees. Blake's of 'The Hollow' is one of the most famous pubs in Ireland and has proudly served visitors and locals alike for well over a century. Recommended in Georgina Campbell's Jameson Guide and the Rough Guide to Ireland. Settle into one of the historic snugs and enjoy your pint of Guinness whilst listening to talented local music artists perform live in this traditional Irish pub brimming with character. When you’re visiting Blakes of the Hollow look out for their Game of Thrones door which celebrates the fourth episode of the sixth season of this popular Tv Show.
• The Crowes Nest
The Crowes Nest Enniskillen brings you the best in live music and entertainment every week. Enniskillen’s Number  1 live music destination with the local talent gracing the venue every weekend. BIG BAND Saturday the flagship event in Enniskillen where only the best bands can be found. Don’t miss Ceol  agus Craic every Tuesday night, Fermanagh’s top traditional session with the mighty Folk That, A favourite with tourists and locals alike.

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