Lough Erne Resort
48 hours packed full of wonder at Lough Erne Resort and Spa, County Fermanagh.
In just over two hours from Dublin, and an hour and a half 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.
On your first day, head out to the challenging Faldo Course, a Golf World and Golf Monthly top 100 UK & Ireland course designed by six-times Major winner Sir Nick Faldo.
Or if you would rather do some exploring hire a cruiser and go island-hopping on the Lakelands. Visit Devenish Island where you can explore the mysterious and silent 6th century monastic site, White Island, Boa Island and Inish Corkish, home to Fermanagh's Black Bacon, and another 150 islands can be all your own for a few hours Or, let someone else steer: and hop on board the Erne Water Taxi.
Head into the historic town of Enniskillen, and pop into Blake’s of the Hollow, an original Victorian pub, untouched since 1887, where local food and music come together in perfect harmony.
Following lunch take a subterranean boat trip through the watery show caves of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geo park. At least a million years old, this miracle of nature is a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
Why not head back to your hotel and rejuvenate your senses by taking some time out at the luxury Thai Spa.
Later, dine in the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette Catalina Restaurant run by the much-lauded chef Noel McMeel, using the freshest seasonal, local and traceable ingredients. Noel has cooked for the likes of Barack Obama and Colin Farrell, and his book Irish Pantry was named the third best cookbook in the 20th World Gourmand Cookbook Awards.
On your final morning, you must visit Cuilcagh Mountain, which straddles Fermanagh and Cavan. The Cuilcagh boardwalk (Cuilagh Legnabrocky trail) across the bogland is an exhilarating experience, whether you’re out for a stroll or you’re a veteran hillwalker.
Make sure to visit National Trust property Crom Castle, one of the ‘big houses’ in Fermanagh, for a walk round the old castle and grounds, where you can see deer and pine marten.
Or snoop around a magnificent mansion at Castle Coole. Dating back to 1798, it is an opulent display of the era. Take in the stately ‘upstairs’ grandeur, then visit the huge basement where an army of servants worked downstairs, and exit via their underground tunnel. Take a long walk on the estate, have a picnic or drop into the tea shop for a treat.