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Top walks in enniskillen

Submerge yourself in Lough Erne's beguiling landscape

The enchanting Lakelands of Fermanagh allow exploration for all ages. A network of paths, trails & tracks consist of  lush, green woodland, panoramic Lough Erne views, striking waterfalls & delightful country parks. If you are the type of family that loves to explore new territories or a keen walker looking for your next adrenaline pumped hike then Fermanagh is the perfect getaway for you.

Ely lodge forest

Carrickreagh Viewpoint Walk  cuilcaghlakelands.org/geosite/ely-lodge-forest/ is part of the Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark, it can be accessed by both water and land as the forest is located on Lower Lough Erne. A popular fishing spot from anglers all over the world. The forest contains a fine mixture of broadleaved and coniferous trees but of particular note are the mature European larches that thrive here. Follow the path as it meanders along the shoreline with views to savour. The Carrickreagh Jetty Walk (2km) here is a pleasant, easy trail with an accessible path. Suitable for both families & beginner walkers.

Keep an eye out for red squirrels that are active in the forest!

Castle Coole

Castle Coole www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-coole is one of Northern Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. Designed by James Wyatt, Wyatt adhered closely to the Neo-classical ideal of restraint, symmetry and proportions, with architectural features carefully scaled. 

The surrounding wooded landscape park sloping down to Lough Coole is ideal for long walks and for dog walkers. Take a trip below the house to experience the unusual servant’s tunnel whilst on a guided or self-guided tour. 

An ideal day out for the whole family!

Cuilcagh Boardwalk

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail www.theboardwalk.ie meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland. A really quite extraordinary to visitors: a linear walking route, a little over 12km, that takes you from the car park right to the mountain’s well known flat summit, via a stepped wooden boardwalk. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform which provides breath taking views of the surrounding low lands. With views of limestone landscape, abandoned Irish cottages, dry stone walls and potato cultivation ridges, Ireland’s past heritage is sure to take your breath away.

The views are breathtaking whichever direction you walk and when you reach the top, you’ll be gifted with the sight of Lough Atona, a glacial lake nestled at the foot of the mountain as well as Lough McNean. 

cliffs of magho

A demanding walk recommended for intermediate walkers- if you are up for the challenge. The walk starts with a steep limestone 700ft climb made up of around 370 steps and runs around Lough Navar for 9km. Fermanagh offers constant surprises From gentle lakes to dramatic views. Ensure proper footwear is worn & if you are lucky enough to reach the top on a clear day you will see views stretch for miles, from over the islands in Lough Erne, to the Blue Stack Mountains of County Donegal. 

blackslee waterfall

Lough Navar Forest is a magnificent site within the Geopark. This particular walk takes you along forest tracks, deep into the forest through delicate woodland plants such as wood sorrel, wild garlic, and bluebells, contouring around beautiful river banks. 

The path will allow you to pass ‘boulder field’ – an area of huge sandstone boulders left behind as the ice sheets melted at the end of the last Ice Age over 13,000 years ago. At the top you will witness the beauty of Blackslee Waterfall, flowing down a 20m cliff before continuing its journey down an undercut rocky gorge. The path then continues into Lower Lough Erne. 

A Moderate trail with a distance of around 4 miles.

Castle Archdale

www.castlearchdale.com A country park packed with many walking routes that pass ponds, a wildflower meadow, butterfly garden and a deer park enclosure.  The Woodside Riverland Walk follows a circular route through thickets of woodland and commercial forest. If you are lucky you may spot a kingfisher skimming over the waters in its search for food.

Offering something a little different to other scenic parks – This vast natural playground was the most westerly flying boat base in the Second World War, and was the main base from which these aircraft flew. Be sure to check out the Castle Archdale at War exhibition.

FLORENCECOURT CIRCULAR

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/florence-court A brilliant, scenic trail through the Florence Court that makes for an excellent walk to do with the whole family and is perfect for walking, running and cycling. A well signposted and maintained walk with scenic views of green woodlands and lush rivers.

Ensure proper footwear is worn. Takes an average of 2 h 20 min to complete.

pollnagollum cave

Pollnagolllum Cave Walk: Belmore Forest is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

This walk is located in the Boho-Belmore Mountain area, right in the heart of Fermanagh’s cave country. Beneath your feet lies an extensive maze of caves which attract cavers and potholers from far and wide to west Fermanagh. The cave is fed by a waterfall and swells to a torrent during harsh weather. The exterior of Pollnagollum Cave was used to film Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Season 3!

Frequently asked questions

What are the different types of hiking trails in Enniskillen?

There are plenty of things to do on Enniskillen’s hiking trails. On AllTrails.com, you’ll find 20 walking trails, 19 hiking trails, 18 trail running trails, and more.

 

What is the longest trail in Enniskillen?

According to AllTrails.com, the longest trail in Enniskillen is Kingfisher Cycle Trail – Northern Loop. This trail is estimated to be 157.7 km long and takes on average 41 h 33 min to hike.

 

 
Around the shores of both Upper and Lower Lo ugh Erne you’ll find a wealth of stunning walking routes, from short and pleasant strolls to longer, more challenging hikes. And while fragrant forests are plentiful here, Lough Erne has a few surprises up its sleeve too.
 
 
How long does the walk take? The Cuilcagh Boardwalk is approximately 11km and takes on average 2-3 hours to walk. From the car park to the start of the boardwalk, the trail is 4.5km with the boardwalk including the final ascent via a steep section of wooden steps being 1.5km in length.
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