twin lakes of Lough Erne
The twin lakes of Lough Erne, Upper and Lower, cover one-third of Fermanagh. With such an abundance of water including lakes, rivers and canals there are countless opportunities to experience ‘something blue’ this Spring. Guests can explore the natural beauty, stunning scenery and waterways by hoping on board the Erne Water Taxi, enjoying a guided tour on the MV Kestrel or hire your own boat from Erne Boat Hire and explore at your own leisure. Alternatively take in The Fermanagh Lakelands from some the stunning view points including Lough Navar Forest.
Lough Erne is the name of two connected lakes in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It is the second-biggest lake system in Northern Ireland and Ulster, and the fourth biggest in Ireland. The lakes are widened sections of the River Erne, which flows north and then curves west into the Atlantic. The smaller southern lake is called the Upper Lough as it is higher up the river. The bigger northern lake is called the Lower Lough or Broad Lough. The town of Enniskillen lies on the short stretch of river between the lakes.
The lake has 154 islands along with many coves and inlets. When windy, navigation on Lower Lough Erne, running for 26 miles (42 km) almost to the Atlantic, can be something of a challenge with waves of open-sea dimensions. Shallow Upper Lough Erne, spreading southeast of Enniskillen for about 12 miles, is a maze of islands. The River Erne is 80ml (129 km)ong and drains an area of about 4,350 km2.
Experience Fermanagh’s newest service Erne Water Taxi. Sit back, relax and see Lough Erne your way with our chauffeur driven boats. With seating for up to 8 people, our boats are specifically designed for comfort, with individual coach seating and unrestricted views of the Lough. The closed cabin design protects you from the elements allows you to get closer to the water in complete safety. The boats can travel slowly, but also at speed allowing us to get to you faster and allowing you to see more of Lough Erne.
Husband and wife team, Barry & Helen Flanagan, having worked in tourism and the outdoors in Fermanagh wanted to give visitors the chance to see, learn, taste and touch more of Lough Erne and become immersed in the spectacular lakeland landscape. The water taxi service will provide you with a pick up and drop-off service from any accessible jetty on the Lough and also offers a range of tours of Lough Erne including a new Food Trail.
Erne Boat Hire is a family run business which is involved in the rental of small pleasure craft. The boats are purpose built for the rental market and can comfortably hold six adults.The boats are powered by a 6hp four stroke petrol engine and all are self drive. Buoyancy aids, maps and fuel provided and if required tuition can be given to inexperience boaters. Devenish Island is approximately 30 minutes travel time. Ardowen Theatre and Killyhelvin Hotel are approximately 20 minutes travel time.
The boats are an ideal way to view the wildlife of beautiful Lough Erne or to take in the historical sites of Enniskillen and the surrounding area. Enniskillen is Ireland’s only island town and a circumnavigation of the town can easily be included in your trip. The boats have two large storage lockers which are perfect for holding all your picnic items. We are a dog friendly hire company.
From the main forest drive there are lots of short walks signed to various points of interest. This includes views over Lower Lough Erne, and on a clear day the Sperrin Mountains and the west coast of Donegal. Lough Navar Forest is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
Take time out to explore the natural beauty of Fermanagh from your ideal base on the edge of Enniskillen. Stay at Belmore Court for less with our fantastic seasonal offers, sales and special flexible rates.