Between them, these two neighbouring counties offer some of the richest history and most beautiful landscapes in the whole of Northern Ireland. Whether you’re on a family holiday, a short break with your mates, or a couple's day trip, there is loads to see and do. You can go island hopping, water skiing or angling on one of lakes and waterways that cover a third of the county. Or go cycling, trekking and star gazing among the beautiful scenery of Northern Ireland’s largest county in Tyrone. Whatever takes your fancy, you’ll be able to experience a whole new world, just down the road.  

Easy Going Enniskillen? 

Enniskillen, Fermanagh’s largest town, sits at the heart of the county. Built on a drumlin that straddles the point where both loughs meet, it is Ireland’s only island town. The town centre is dominated by the walls and battlements of Enniskillen Castle, built in the 1400s by Hugh Maguire, also known as “Hugh the Hospitable”. His nickname fits the mood of the place and its easy going, welcoming people. It is a great base to start exploring everything that the region has to offer. 

Going underground

The dark underworld of caves at the Marble Arch Caves is nothing short of magical.  Discover a world of hidden rivers, winding corridors and a fascinating array of cave formations.

Arts, Crafts and Crockery 

No visit to Fermanagh would be complete without a trip to Belleek. This pretty village sitting on the River Erne along the border with County Donegal is world-famous for the pottery which bears the village’s name. Founded in 1857 by John Caldwell Bloomfield, Belleek Pottery is Ireland’s oldest working pottery. Visit the museum in the visitor’s centre and step back into history. Then learn from the master craftsmen as you paint your very own piece of Belleek tableware, before enjoying tea in the Belleek Tea Rooms.  

Up the street for treats 

For lunch, take a stroll to The Thatch Coffee Shop, a listed historic building that predates even Belleek Pottery. Enjoy the quaint and cosy atmosphere with delicious home-baked breads, scones, cakes, and treats, as well as a variety of teas and coffee. Make sure you get there early, as this place is just as much a favourite among locals as it is with visitors. 

Island Hopping  

Fermanagh is covered in lakes and waterways, and there’s no more enjoyable way to explore the county than by taking to the water itself. Book a private tour with Erne Water Taxis, your local guide Barry will take you out for a one of a kind Island Experience. Hear about the history of the lake and the islands while discovering the local wildlife, all while seeing the incredible landscapes from the unique vantage point of the water. There is no set itinerary and countless possibilities. Starting from Enniskillen, your guide will choose your route, based on their knowledge of Lough Erne’s changing currents, seasons and movements of wildlife. A truly one of kind experience. 

Working up a Thirst 

After a day on the water you’ll likely want to wet your whistle. There’s no better place to do it than with a tour and tasting at the Boatyard Distillery – an award winning farm-to-bottle distillery located on the banks of Lough Erne. Take a tour of the stills, try a range of organic gins made with locally sourced botanicals, and then round off the evening with some delicious cocktails in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. 

Or if you’d prefer to fix your own drink, head up to the Wild Atlantic Gin School & Distillery in Aghyaran and help yourself. It’s the ultimate experience for gin enthusiasts. 

A Taste of Enniskillen 

Begin your next morning with a culinary adventure on the Enniskillen Taste Experience – a three-hour walking tour of the island, stopping at various locations to sample an indulgent mix of food and drink. The tour begins at the Enniskillen Castle where guests are led around the town meeting local producers and suppliers and learning a few foodie facts along the way. It also includes a few alcoholic drinks, so it's best to leave the car keys behind. 

Adventure Trips 

If you’re looking for adventure for the whole family, then you’ll jump at a trip to Todd’s Leap in Co.Tyrone. There are over 20 action packed activities available at this purpose-built activity centre; including Clay Pigeon Shooting, a 500m Zipline, a Giant Swing, a Free Fall Drop Zone, Paintballing, Woodland Trails, Air Rifles, Archery, Climbing Wall and the Big Yella Slide. It’s all spread across an off-road track, so even getting around is an adventure. And if you’re exhausted after the day’s activities, they offer Glamping onsite in the form log cabins and funky 'Snooze Boxes'.  

A Wee Spot of Cooking 

If cooking is more your speed, then Wee Buns Cookery School offer a range of cooking and baking classes in a small purpose built kitchen for adults and children located in the beautiful countryside of Co. Tyrone. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or are looking to brush up on some advanced techniques, they have a range of classes to suit all skill levels. The classes are a combination of demonstration and hands-on cooking and you’ll have plenty of recipes and treats to bring home with you. A tasty end to your trip. 

Where to stay? 

With so much to do and see, you’ll be dying for your bed at the end of the day. So here are just a few comfortable and cosy spots that will suit adventurers of all tastes and budgets.  

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel (4*) is set on the shores of the idyllic Lough Erne. Residents can enjoy full use of the Health Club, with its indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot tub. Or if you want to wind down, there’s the heavenly Kalm Spa. 

Lusty Beg Island (4*) is the perfect location to relax and unwind. A 5-minute ferry transports you to a natural haven set amongst the beautiful lake-side woodlands. There is a selection of accommodation including self-catering houses and ensuite rooms, a restaurant, a spa retreat, an activity centre, nature trail and even a fairy trail.

Corick House Hotel (4*) is a luxury spa retreat set in an old country house surrounded by beautiful Victorian walled gardens. It offers guests a range of treatments and experiences to take away the stress of everyday life. 

Blessingbourne Estate is a beautiful and historic 550 acre Country Estate, nestled in the heart of woodlands, lakes and wildlife on the edge of the Clogher Valley. This family owned luxury self-catering accommodation is perfect for family breaks, romantic retreats, and escapes with friends. It’s pet friendly, so even your pooch is welcome!

Corrigan’s Shore is a charming four-star country B&B right on the shores of Lough Erne. Experience panoramic views of Fermanagh countryside, while still being convenient located near attractions including National Trust Properties, Marble Arch Caves, and the Sheelin Lace Museum. 

You’re on your way 

It’s clear that there’s no shortage of things to do and see in these wonderful counties. With that said, away you go.