County Fermanagh is famous for its friendliness and stunning lakes. Other well-known attractions include the Marble Arch Caves and Enniskillen Castle, and while they are spectacular, it can always be fun to find a hidden gem off the beaten path. Check out Belmore Court’s- Places Off The Beaten Path In Fermanagh.
Old Castle Archdale
Castle Archdale is a former estate built by John Archdale that is now well-known as a country park. During the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Rory Maguire captured Old Castle Archdale and the castle’s heir William Archdale was saved by his nurse, but all the other children were killed. The Archdales were able to regain control of the castle and repaired it. However, during the Williamite Wars in 1689, the castle was burnt out and abandoned. Today the castle’s ruins can be found within an idyllic forest.
Address: 10 Tullana, Enniskillen BT94 1PY
Hare Krishna temple – a Hindu monastery
For many years, Govindadwipa (or Inisrath island) has been home to a Hare Krishna spiritual centre and retreat. Around 2000 years ago, the island was the location of a ‘rath’. This is a fortified homestead headed by a chieftain. In 1982, when property prices were low during The Troubles, Hare Krishna devotees bought the island, seeing its potential.
Monks are based full-time on the island, but tourists are very welcome to visit. The recommended visiting slot is at midday on Sundays. Visiting at other times is possible, particularly for larger groups, but contact must be made in advance.
Address: Derrylin, Enniskillen BT92 9GN
The Famine Pit and The Hanging Tree – the Irish Famine’s legacy
The Great Famine is one of the most harrowing eras of Ireland’s history between 1845 and 1852. The mass starvation and disease due to the failure of the potato crop resulted in around one-quarter of Fermanagh’s population dying or emigrating.
This famine grave is within the grounds of St. Mary’s Church, Kesh. A sunken mound running for 40 metres, the tomb lay overgrown and forgotten for decades.
In 1997, a local community association and historical society restored the pit and erected a memorial designed by a local artist. There are no records of any of the people buried in the pit.
Address: Ardess Parish Church, Ardess Villas, Ardess, Kesh BT93 1GL
Margaret Gallagher’s Thatched Cottage
Margaret Gallagher has lived in the same cottage all her life. Located in the Belcoo area of Fermanagh, the 200-year-old white-washed cottage with a thatched roof has received media coverage worldwide.
What makes her home so unusual? It has stayed true to 19th-century life in Ireland. She has no gas, electricity, running winter, and no indoor toilet. Margaret inherited the cottage from her parents. When electricity was introduced to the area, Margaret chose to uphold the way of life she was used to since childhood.
At select times of the year, Margaret opens her home for visits from tourists.
Address: Mullylusty Cottage, Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh Northern Ireland
Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum
Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum, owned by The Johnston family, combines their traditional barbers along with their interest in local railway history leading to one of the most unique and fascinating attractions. Home to one of the largest collections of small Irish railway artefacts on display, many have been kindly donated by former railway employees. Upon arrival, a knowledgeable ticket collector will invite you on board for a journey through the history of railway travel in Ireland. Admission is free, although you are welcome to donate to the work of the museum, which is a registered charity operated entirely by volunteers.
Address: 5 Darling St, Enniskillen BT74 7DP
With its unique Scottish style and design, Castle Monea in County Fermanagh was built in 1618 and belonged to Malcolm Hamilton. The castle has two big towers standing on the other side of its entrance to protect it. The construction consists of four floors built in a rectangular shape. The corbels and crow-stepped gables on the top of the castle enhance the authentic Scottish style.
In 1641, the castle fell briefly into Irish hands. After it was burned, abandoned and neglected in the 18th century, the Monument and surrounding lands are privately owned and operated as a working farm with livestock present. Castle Monea is open for visits all year round and requires no entrance fees.
Address: Castletown Road, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, BT74 8EQ
Blakes Of The Hollow (William Blake)
With its Victorian presence, Blakes of Hollow is a place where you can have a unique food and beverage experience and is named after William Blake, the renowned English poet and artist. Blakes of the Hollow is known as one of the most significant historical pubs in Ireland dating back more than 125 years. Grabbing drinks in the presence of the artistic spirit of the Victorian era, especially with the traditional music played every weekend is special. All of this makes the pub an important tourist attraction in Ireland.
Fun Fact: For fans of the show, Blakes of The Hollow pub is home to the stunning craftsmanship of Door #4 from the world-famous TV series Game of Thrones.
Address: 6 Church St, Enniskillen BT74 7EJ
With so much to see and do in County Fermanagh, an extended stay is thoroughly recommended. Come and experience the best that County Fermanagh has to offer with a stay at the Belmore Court & Motel. Book now to reserve your room.
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