Are you planning a self-catering break in Fermanagh?
Or have you already booked a holiday in the Erne County and you are now looking to fill the holiday itinerary?
If that’s the case, you have come to the right place!
Fermanagh Self-Catering holidays are up there with any other location in the UK or Ireland with so much for people to do of all ages and interests.
With so many top quality self-catering accommodation options on offer and an abundance of natural beauty, stunning attractions and unforgettable adventures in-store, you will be making the correct choice to visit the picturesque Fermanagh Lakelands.
In this guide, we will provide you with some information on the must-do activities in Fermanagh, the must-see attractions and helpful tips on what you should bring with you on your holiday.
Fermanagh Self-Catering: What You Need To Know
Get a notepad or bookmark this page as we are going to run you through everything you need to know before visiting Fermanagh:
– Must-See Attractions
– Must-Do Activities
– Where to Eat and Drink
– What To Bring With You
Must-See Attractions in Fermanagh
Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail (Stairway to Heaven):
The poster-boy of attractions in Fermanagh, and indeed one of the most popular attractions in Northern Ireland, Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail is most definitely not to be missed on your Fermanagh Self-Catering Holiday.
The stunning boardwalk at Cuilcagh Mountain is a dream attraction for keen walkers, naturalists and Instagrammers as it offers views that would rival the best in the world.
Located near Florencecourt, the walk offers views of the stunning natural limestone landscape and fertile rich bogland.
It is 7.4km to the summit of the mountain and depending on how fast you walk, it can take 4-7 hours to complete.
Outdoor activities are proven to be good for your health, and there are not much more outdoorsy types of activities than climbing a mountain like Cuilcagh!
Step into history as you follow in the footsteps of 6th-century monks and Vikings on Devenish Island Monastic Site.
The stunning round tower is the main attraction and on the island, you will learn all about when it was built and hear about the many Viking raids that took place here.
To get to the island, contact one of these local providers:
– Erne Water Taxi +44 (0) 77 1977 0588
– Erne Tours +44 (0) 28 6632 2882
– Erne Boat Hire +44 (0) 75 2342 3232
Visit Ireland’s oldest working pottery for a masterclass in pottery design and an insight into the history of the famous attraction.
At Belleek Pottery, you can take a fascinating tour around the visitor centre which is nestled lovely on the bank of the River Erne in the delightful border village of Belleek.
National Trust Estates
Take a morning walk around the beautiful Florencecourt gardens where you will discover historic items and places such as the sawmill, ice house and walled garden.
Make time to take a tour of the house which is a classical Irish home with exquisite furnishing fit for the lords of older times.
Later on, head to Newtownbutler to Crom Estate and wonder in the beauty of the wildlife on-site such as deers and native species of bird.
In the evening, enjoy a relaxing stroll surrounded by natural beauty at Castle Coole in Enniskillen. The gentle walk around Lough Coole and the castle itself is a great way to wind down with beautiful sights of trees and flowers and the charming sound of birds chirping.
Magho Viewpoint – Lough Navar Forest
One of the most breathtaking views to embrace during your Fermanagh Self-Catering holiday is that of Lower Lough Erne from Magho Viewpoint.
Get the perfect photo of the unique, panoramic views of the Lough from the viewpoint on the Cliffs of Magho.
Located a few miles from the town of Derrygonnelly, you can take a scenic drive through the forest or put some more miles on the legs by walking the cliff walk.
Outdoor Activities at Share Discovery Village
Prepare for unforgettable adventures on land and water at Northern Ireland’s largest residential activity centre, Share Discovery Village
Share offers 30+ activities for people of all ages and abilities from action-packed laser tag and outdoor water park sessions to 30ft climbing wall challenges and relaxing sunset kayak, canoe or SUP trips on Upper Lough Erne.
Best of all is that Share Discovery Village offers 3* rated, lakeside chalets that can sleep up to 8 people meaning you have everything you need on your self-catering holiday in Fermanagh all on one site.
Underground Tour at Marble Arch Caves
The stunning, natural limestone Marble Arch Caves offer the chance of an adventure like no other near Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh.
Journey underground on a tour of the magnificent caves where you will learn about how they were discovered and how they were formed naturally over millions of years.
The highlight of the tour is the boat journey in the underwater river!
Animal Petting at Fermanagh Fun Farm
This is one for the families with young kids and it’s sure to impress!
Based in Lisbellaw, less than 5 miles from Enniskillen, is Fermanagh Fun Farm which is home to a wide variety of farm animals and exotic creatures.
During your visit, you will get to meet the animals, learn how to care for them, collect eggs from hens, feed lambs and so much more!
With the wonderful Shannon-Erne inland waterway at our fingertips in County Fermanagh, it’s no surprise that there is a selection of boat tours to choose from.
Explore the Lough Erne in style on the unique Erne Water Taxi who offer a variety of informative and fun tours of both Upper and Lower Lough Erne. The Erne Water Taxi can take you on private trips with your own skipper to Devenish Island or the Boatyard Distillery on the luxurious 8-seater boat.
If you’re part of a larger group, you still have plenty of choices.
The Inishcruiser at Share Discovery Village (Upper Lough Erne) or the MV Kestrel (Lower Lough Erne) are both water buses that offer public and private guided tours of the Fermanagh Lakelands with bar and toilet facilities on-board.
Golf at Lough Erne Resort
Fermanagh is home to one of the top golf resorts in Ireland, in The Faldo Course at Lough Erne Resort.
Any keen golfers on a self-catering staycation in Fermanagh will be aware of this and know that it is not to be missed!
The Par 72 course, opened by Nick Faldo, offers unrivalled views of the stunning Castle Hume lough and Lough Erne. The immaculately kept course provides superb all-year-round playing conditions and an all-weather driving range.
Much like the boat tours, there is an abundance of fishing options in Fermanagh!
Some of the species you can expect to catch include Pike, Perch, Trout, Roach and Bream.
If you are really serious about a proper fishing holiday then we recommend getting in touch with the Watermill Fishing Lodge who can cater for all your fishing needs.
The Watermill offers boat hire, fishing gear rental, fish finder, bait and guides. Not to mention easy access to Upper Lough Erne, world-renown for its trophy-sized pike fishing!
Where to Eat and Drink in Fermanagh
We could go on all day about the amazing restaurants, cafes and bars in Fermanagh so what we have done is selected a few great places to visit and categorized them by what they offer.
- Franco’s – Enniskillen
- The Tap House Gastro Pub – Enniskillen
- The Watermill Lodge – Lisnaskea
- Tully Mill – Florencecourt
- The Kissin Crust – Lisnaskea
- Cafe JD – Enniskillen
- The Jolly Sandwich – Enniskillen
- Cafe Mauds – Enniskillen
- Blakes of the Hollow – Enniskillen
- Granny Annie’s – Enniskillen
- Pat’s Bar – Enniskillen
- Charlie’s Bar – Enniskillen
What to bring on a Fermanagh Self Catering Break:
Packing correctly for a self-catering holiday is essential to make the most of your trip.
In today’s ever-changing climate with COVID restrictions, it’s important to be prepared for everything.
Here are a few tips for items that we advise you to bring while you visit Fermanagh.
– Warm Clothing
With so much outdoor adventure on offer in Fermanagh, it is very important to wrap up well on your journeys.
Make sure to pack a good raincoat, warm jackets and woolly hats, especially if you are visiting over winter.
Not all self-catering accommodation options provide towels for visitors. Be prepared by packing your own.
– Bathroom Essentials:
Pack all your essentials for washing including toothpaste, shower gel and shampoo because unlike hotels, most self-catering houses do not provide these.
Don’t forget to bring tea bags, coffee, milk and sugar etc. These will be needed to wake you up for all the adventures in store!
You need a facemask everywhere that you go now and Fermanagh is no different. Keep yourself and others safe by making sure you bring one along.
– Walking Boots
There are so many unbelievably beautiful walks in County Fermanagh so be prepared to clock up the miles in your legs. Walking boots or trainers are an essential item to pack.
– Old Trainers
If you are intending on taking part in water activities like canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding, it’s a good idea to pack old trainers or wetsuit boots. This will provide comfort in the water and on any of the islands you may visit.
– A Good Camera / GoPro
Take home quality mementoes from you Fermanagh Self-Catering holiday to show to your family and friends the magnificent sites you have explored.
A GoPro would be ideal while talking Cuilcagh, driving Lough Navar Forest Drive or taking part in a Banana Boat session at Share Discovery Village.
– Board Games / Deck of Cards / Books
Fermanagh has a huge variety of fun activities for families to take part in during the day but a board game or cards are a great idea to keep yourselves entertained in the evenings while staying in.
Monopoly, Guess Who and Big Mouth are some fun ideas!
– Travel Sized First Aid Kit & Medication
These are extremely important especially when you are going to be out and about so often on different activities. Of course, we hope you never need to use it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Hand sanitizer and wipes are now essential to bring everywhere so make sure to pack them.
Check out our extensive self-catering holiday packing list if you want to be extra well prepared.
Ready to Go?
Hopefully, this guide has helped you plan your adventure in Fermanagh when you visit. As you can see, there is plenty to keep you entertained!
If you need any more information on self-catering breaks in Fermanagh, please do not hesitate to contact us by filling out the form below.
We can help arrange your accommodation, activities and plan your trip around the county. At Share Discovery Village, we specialise in fun family activity holidays that we offer on the banks of Upper Lough Erne so we will be able to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.