Categories: Family Friendly

Fermanagh, the lakeland county, has lots on offer for all the family, from caving to canoeing and from biking to hiking. No matter what your family is into, on water or dry land, you’re about to discover that a fun-filled Fermanagh family break is an adventure quite unlike any other. 

First find your home from home 

Lakeside Lodges at Killyhevlin, County Fermanagh

Every family wants a base from which to strike out and explore County Fermanagh. Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges (4*) are situated right on the banks of Lough Erne, and these lodges provide the perfect unique self-catering experience. Your little ones will love staying at Arch House B&B. Situated on a working farm, you can collect eggs from the hens, watch calves or lambs being born or see the rabbits or llamas. If they're not a fan of animals, they can play in the well-equipped play area. 

Lakeview Fermanagh Self Catering holiday homes (4*) offer a tennis court, trampoline, swings and climbing frame to keep the little ones entertained outdoors, with a games room available indoors. For a little countryside haven, choose Manor House Country Hotel (4*) with family rooms available and leisure facilities including a swimming pool if the kids fancy a dip in between adventures. 

Ballycassidy Retreat (5*) is just ten minutes outside Enniskillen in Ballinamallard and in the heart of Fermanagh’s green and glorious countryside. This luxurious four-bedroomed accommodation sleeps up to 8 people and is the perfect base for families to explore the area. Nearby Cloughbally Mill Cottage (4*) is a converted eighteenth century corn mill offering luxury accommodation on the banks of the Ballinamallard river. The living room has a wood burning stove and oak floors and a spacious patio overlooks the river. 

Cargin House is ideally situated in the countryside near Upper Lough Erne and provides spacious, luxurious accommodation with a large private garden, so plenty of room for you to stretch out and the kids to run around. 

Do it all together at an adventure park 

You can choose relaxation or action-packed adventure at Finn Lough, on the northern shores of Lower Lough Erne.  Kayaks or pedal crafts are on hand providing the perfect way to explore the surrounding islands and sandy bays. Or there are cycling and walking trails if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land.  The on-site spa is perfect for grown-ups looking to relax and unwind. You can stay here too, in a selection of accommodation options, from cosy fully-equipped family cottages to the exquisite bubble domes which offer a 180-degree view of the stars above. 

Castle Archdale (4*) is another quality adventure centre option with a variety of accommodation options to suit every family on this 20-acre site on the wooded shores of Lough Erne. You can pitch up and pitch your own tent, stay in a luxury fixed caravan, or if you’ve got itchy feet and wheels, hitch up your own touring caravan or dormobile for one night, two nights or more. There’s plenty of on-site facilities including a fully-featured play area, alongside lots of water-based activities - canoeing, kayaking, sailing, wind surfing or day boat hire are all available from the marina. 

Capture a castle 

Castle Coole, County Fermanagh

Castle Coole, one of Fermanagh's three National Trust properties alongside Crom Estate and Florence Court, displays stately grandeur in all its glory. Guided tours, picnics, country walks and an extensive calendar of events, including lots for the little ones to get involved in, are all on offer at this majestic 18th century home. 

Go underground at the Marble Arch Caves 

This natural underworld of rivers, show caves, chambers and winding passages at Marble Arch Caves are all waiting for you to explore in the electrically powered boats. Unexplored until little over a century ago, these caves feature stalactites, cavernous passages, underground pools and streams which have been formed and reformed as the water slowly dissolved the limestone bedrock over countless millennia. Go and explore the extensive caves with one of the popular guided tours and your whole family will discover more about geology, geography and archaeology than Indiana Jones himself ever did.  

Walk our Stairway to Heaven 

Cuilcagh Boardwalk

Nicknamed the Stairway to Heaven, the timbered Legnabrocky trail to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain is a wonder of foresight and compassion for nature, as well as a fair challenge for walkers and strollers, young and old. Originally installed to protect the blanket bog and mountain flanks from pounding boots and shoes, it’s become a magnet for locals and visitors and has recently become an Instagram rival to some of Northern Ireland’s most snapped and papped locations. 

Discover your hidden talents 

Get active at the Share Discovery Village in Lisnaskea. All equipment and instruction is provided for activities, which include dinghy sailing, canoeing, archery, banana skiing, indoor and outdoor climbing wall, pedal go-karting, kayaking, windsurfing, orienteering and a wide range of creative arts, for example, pottery, modroc sculpture and T-shirt painting based in the Arts Centre. 

Food for families hungry for adventure 

Tasty, homemade food is the order of the day at The Jolly Sandwich Bar in Enniskillen.  Pancake breakfasts, hearty soup and sandwiches and tasty traybakes are just some of the delicacies waiting to be sampled. 

Did someone say pizza?  Families just love pizza and stone-baked pizza straight out of the special oven at The Firehouse in Enniskillen is a must!  With another, special Bertha oven, that gives a mouth-watering chargrilled flavour to favourite steak, chicken or fish dishes, your taste buds will thank you. 

As you can see, County Fermanagh is made for adventurous families and this is just a snapshot of what’s on offer in a place that’s sure to fill your family photo album with magical memories. 

Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges
Self-Catering
Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges

Located on the beautiful banks of Lough Erne, adjacent to the Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel, our collection of 14 larch wood log panelled Lakeside Lodges are a unique self-catering style experience for visitors to The Fermanagh Lakelands.

Arch House - Tullyhona, Florencecourt
Bed & Breakfast
Arch House - Tullyhona, Florencecourt

Arch House is just a short distance from the Island town of Enniskillen, close to the Marble Arch Caves Geo Park and within walking distance of Florence Court National Trust Property where you can have an after dinner walk in the formal gardens.

Fermanagh Self Catering - Lakeview
Self-Catering
Fermanagh Self Catering - Lakeview

A home from home with Smart TV, wood stove, well equipped games room, outdoor play and tennis court, set it four acre, well wooded site overlooking a fishing/walking nature reserve. Hot tub, sauna, kayak hire and archery instruction also.

Manor House Country Hotel
Hotel
Manor House Country Hotel

Located in the heart of The Fermanagh Lakelands on the shores of Lough Erne, the award winning Manor House Country Hotel is the perfect country retreat combining old world charm with modern hotel luxury.

Ballycassidy Retreat
Self-Catering
Ballycassidy Retreat

Located in the splendid Fermanagh Countryside, just ten minutes from Enniskillen town centre. It has been designed with disabled access through the ground floor. This luxurious accommodation can sleep a group of up to eight people.

Cloughbally Mill Cottage
Self-Catering
Cloughbally Mill Cottage

Cloughbally Mill Cottage is a converted eighteenth century corn mill offering luxury four star accommodation on the banks of the Ballinamallard river.

Cargin House
Self-Catering
Cargin House

Cargin House is located in the heart of the beautiful Fermanagh Lakelands occupying an idyllic, peaceful and rural location overlooking Cargin Lough, near the shores of Upper Lough Erne.

Castle Coole
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Castle Coole

Castle Coole one of Ireland's finest Neo-classical houses, allowing visitors to glimpse what life was like in the home of the Earls of Belmore. Discover the story of the people who lived and worked below stairs as you explore the servants quarters.

Crom Estate
Visitor Centres & Museums
Crom Estate

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

Florence Court
Historic Sites, Houses, Castles & Buildings
Florence Court

Florence Court is a truly welcoming home. The house, formerly the home of the Cole family, Earls of Enniskillen, is surrounded by a large area of parkland, garden and woodland, with breathtaking views to Benaughlin and the Cuilcagh Mountains.

Marble Arch Caves
Guided Tour
Guided Cave Tour

Marble Arch Caves - Magical, Unique and Memorable. The Marble Arch Caves is a major tourist attraction, set in the picturesque foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain, just a short journey from the Island town of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark
Forest Parks
Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark

The Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the rugged mountainous uplands and the gentle rolling lowlands of Counties Fermanagh and Cavan, stretching from the northern shores of Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to the southern shores of Lough Oughter in County Cavan.

Share Discovery Village
Activity Centre
Share Discovery Village

Established in 1981, Share Discovery Village is the largest residential activity centre in Ireland and welcomes over 10,000 visitors annually.

The Jolly Sandwich Bar
Café
The Jolly Sandwich Bar

A choice from over 30 delicious sandwich fillings served in a variety of breads - ciabatta baguette, or granary. Hot food selection, soups, choice of seasonal salads. Tea and Matthew Algie coffee. Sit in or take away service available.

The Firehouse
Restaurant
The Firehouse

Enniskillen’s newest restaurant is The Firehouse located at 26 Townhall Street right in the heart of the town.