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County Fermanagh (Irish: Contae Fhear Manach) is a largely rural county in the south-west of Northern Ireland and is famed for its numerous lakes. County Fermanagh belongs to the province of Ulster and is one of the six counties that form Northern Ireland. It is Northern Ireland's western most county and covers an area of 1,691 km². Its capital (County Town) is Enniskillen housing the tourist attractions of Enniskillen Castle, Cole's Monument, the Ardhowen Theatre and Saint Macartin's Cathedral.

County Fermanagh is a rural area and therefore agriculture and tourism are the most important industries. The agricultural land is mainly used for hay and grazing than for other crops. The two lakes Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne are separated by the county's capital and linked to the river Shannon.

Towns[edit]

Map of County Fermanagh

  • 1 Enniskillen (Inis Ceithleann, "Ceithlenn's island") – situated between the Upper and Lower sections of Lough Erne
  • 2 Belcoo on the Irish border is near Florence Court and Marble Arch Caves.
  • 3 Belleek (Béal Leice, "mouth of the flagstones") - with Belleek Pottery, the oldest pottery in Ireland producing the finest china.
  • 4 Irvinestown near Necarne Castle and Castle Archdale is the main base for exploring the north end of Lower Lough Erne.
  • 5 Lisnaskea (Lios na Scéithe, "fort of the shield") and the Crom Estate

Other destinations[edit]

  • 1 Lough Navar Forest Park

Get in[edit]

See Belfast for long-distance travel options.

The principal airports in Northern Ireland are Belfast International (BFS IATA) and George Best Belfast City (BHD IATA), both a 2-hour drive away.

City of Derry Airport (LDY IATA) is slightly closer, with a limited range of flights.

Dublin Airport (DUB IATA) is about a 2 hr 30 min drive; it has the best range of flights with competitive fares. Check the rules on cross-border driving, which changed in 2021.

There are ferries from Great Britain to Belfast, Larne and Dublin.

Enniskillen has buses from Belfast and Dublin.

Get around[edit]

Many like the freedom of self-drive tours of Northern Ireland. AA Route Planner is a good resource for planning your travel routes. You drive on the left hand side of the well maintained roads in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland has excellent bus services. Review Translink or Bus Eireann -(for bus services to and from Southern Ireland)

A network of national cycleways crosses the county, though they're mostly on road.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Gaelic games: Fermanagh GAA play football and hurling at Brewster Park in Enniskillen. There are about 20 GAA clubs across the county.

Buy[edit]

Pounds sterling (£) are official currency, but many retailers accept Euro notes though not coins.

Eat[edit]

You would look at spending about £5-7 on "pub grub" for lunch in a bar. Budget for about £20 for a main course meal in a mid price restaurant in the evenings.

Sleep[edit]

B&Bs and guesthouses[edit]

There are high quality B&Bs/family run guesthouses in Fermanagh. Expect to pay around £20-30 per person on average. With over 58 properties on offer this is the preferred method of accommodation for most visiting Fermanagh looking for value.

Hostels[edit]

Hostels are a cheaper option but have less coverage than B&Bs. There are only 4 hostels: the Bridges Youth Hostel, Lough Melvin Holiday Centre, Tir Navar, and Share Centre.

Hotels[edit]

There are about 11 hotels operating in Fermanagh, ranging from 2- to 4-star.

Holiday rentals[edit]

For groups and larger families there are over 180 self-catering choices on offer so you will be spoilt for choice.

Stay safe[edit]

You be surprised to hear that Fermanagh has the second lowest crime rate in Europe. Even during the height of the "troubles" and civil rights movement Fermanagh tourist attractions were hardly affected. The unrest of the 1970s and 1980s have become a thing of the past.

Go next[edit]

This region travel guide to County Fermanagh is a usable article. It gives a good overview of the region, its sights, and how to get in, as well as links to the main destinations, whose articles are similarly well developed. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.