Northern wonders

by Sylvia Pownall

There’s a quiet revolution happening across the border as more and more tourists discover the hidden gems of Northern Ireland.

Fermanagh is the latest addition to the ‘must see’ list for holidaymakers – though with 195,000 visitors to Belleek Pottery alone last year, it’s no big surprise.


the Cuilcagh Boardwalk

Tourist attractions such as the Marble Arch Caves and Enniskillen Castle are also a big hit with sightseers, along with the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, also known as the Stairway to Heaven.
Part of the trip through the underwater caves has to be made by boat – kids will love it! Florence Court is well worth a visit, particularly if the weather is good which is ideal for exploring its charming gardens.

Cuilcagh is regarded as one of the most beautiful walking trails in the world and this weekend (Sunday, April 22) there’s a guided walk of the hikers’ trail – a not-to-be-missed event for those who love the outdoors.

The SHARE discovery village is hosting an afternoon tea and cruise event on April 28, allowing visitors to experience the stunning scenery at Lough Erne while indulging in a glass of bubbly and a selection of delicacies.


Belleek Pottery

The fully guided tour of Upper Lough Erne is hands-down the most relaxing way to experience the beauty of the lake.

Are you a Maguire, or do you know a Maguire? If so, then sign up for the Maguire History Weekend at Enniskillen Castle from May 11-13.

This annual weekend presents an exciting and varied programme exploring the history and heritage of the Fermanagh namesake.

The Lough Erne heritage exhibition runs until June 24 at Enniskillen Castle (inset, left) and showcases some of the work of Lough Erne Heritage which ensures that its unique artefacts, history, traditions and records are preserved and celebrated.


Florence Court

Then there’s the world-famous Belleek Pottery, not to mention water sports aplenty and a host of great pubs and restaurants. If you can fit it in, Lusty Begs on Boa Island is a lovely spot for lunch or dinner.

Tanya Cathcart, who welcomes visitors at Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism, says: “It’s bursting at the seams with exciting things to see and do, which make it the perfect place for a long weekend or short break.

“We may not always get the weather we would like, but we certainly make up for it in terms of interesting things to experience, including a wide range of historical tourist attractions, water sports and outdoor activities.”

If retail therapy is your thing then Enniskillen is your best bet – why not purchase an Enniskillen gift card in advance to set your budget and make things that bit easier?
For details on accommodation offers, visitor attractions and how to purchase a gift card see


Castle Coole

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