Golf at Lough Erne Resort
Discover more soul-stirring scenery in Fermanagh and Tyrone. 48 hours of extraordinary exploration among lakes and mountains.
In just over two hours from Dublin or one and a half hours from Belfast, you could be exploring, savouring and rejuvenating at the stunning 5* Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh. Set on a 600 acre peninsula in the glorious Fermanagh Lakelands, this luxurious hideaway was the meeting place for the world’s leaders at the 2013 G8 Summit. Suites and lodges all lavishly appointed, including self-catering houses in the private Golf Village. This place has the 'Global Spa of the Year' (World Luxury Hotel Awards, 2017) so check in for pure luxury.
Alternatively base yourself in luxury in the lakeside Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges, set on the idyllic shores of scenic Lough Erne and just one kilometre from the historic town of Enniskillen. Bordered by private grounds and gardens, guests can enjoy a dip in the outdoor hot or indoor swimming pool or pamper themselves in the on-site spa.
For something a bit different, sleep under the stars in one of the domes at Finn Lough. It offers the ultimate spa experience – a unique forest element spa trail, with bespoke spaces nestled amongst the trees on the water’s edge. A true journey for the senses.
Day 1 - Fermanagh
Take a drive into Enniskillen, Ireland's only island town and pay a visit to Enniskillen Castle, a 600-year-old stronghold with two unmissable museums.
Afterwards, take a short drive to Bellanaleck and pay a visit to the Sheelin Antique Irish Lace Shop and Museum, which showcases some spectacular pieces from a private collection. Stop for lunch at The Sheelin restaurant housed in a 200-year-old thatched building.
Stop by one of Fermanagh's three National Trust properties, Florence Court - autumn is the perfect time to visit. Tour the 18th century Georgian mansion, then walk the estate's beautiful trails in their autumnal glory.
Alternatively, unpack your walking boots and tackle the 'heavenly' walk at Cuilcagh Boardwalk (Legnabrocky Trail). Bring your camera to capture the amazing views of one of the most popular places to visit.
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Relax on the shores of Lough Erne in a unique setting. The award-winning Watermill Lodge Restaurant offers fine dining with ‘Early Bird’ and ‘A La Carte’ options available with stunning views across Lough Erne.
Finish your day in Blakes of the Hollow, an original Victorian pub, untouched since 1887 and now a popular visitor attraction for Game of Thrones® fans with a fabled door and part of the ‘Doors of Thrones’ passport.
Day 2 - Tyrone
Head to County Tyrone via the breathtaking Sperrin Mountains, listed in the National Geographic's Top 101 Scenic Drives for its "wild beauty, ideal trails and dreamy villages." They can best be described as wild, untouched and beautiful. Spanning 40 miles, with 10 summits above 500m. Walkers can expect undulating hills covered in heather, quiet valleys, boggy uplands and a land teeming with wildlife. Add in over 90 sets of stone circles and numerous other intriguing, megalithic structures, and the Sperrins are most definitely a walking wonder.
Stop for lunch at The Brewer's House, an award-winning gastro pub in Donaghmore and one of the region's oldest bars.
Discover the fascinating Irish-American history path and immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh. This attraction with its own full-scale emigrant ship brings to life the stories and adventures of the lives of people who had to leave their homeland bound for the log cabins of the American Frontier.
With only the sounds of babbling brooks, splashing waterfalls and birdsong to break the silence, nature is at its most teasing and peaceful in beautiful Gortin Glen Forest Park. Work up an appetite with a waymarked walk that takes you through forest, past waterfalls and along a winding river.
If you fancy something a bit more energetic in the afternoon, then a visit to Todds Leap is a must. Off-road driving, paintballing, zorbing or even blindfold driving - take your pick of electrifying, adrenaline racing pursuits.
Back in Enniskillen,stop by Café Merlot. Enjoy a convivial and relaxed atmosphere in this superb space with vaulted ceilings and ornate stonework. Then head for a few drinks and live tunes with the locals at the nearby Devenish Bar and Lounge.
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