Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, County Fermanagh

Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, County Fermanagh

Fermanagh, the lakeland county has lots on offer for all the family.  Check out these suggestons on how to enjoy a fun-filled family short break both on water and on dry land.


Castle Coole, one of three National Trust properties in County Fermanagh

What to do

You can choose relaxation or action packed at Finn Lough.  Kayaks or pedal crafts are on hand providing the perfect way to explore the surrounding islands and sandy bays.  Or there are also cycling and walking trails if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land.  And the on site spa is perfect for grown ups who want to relax and unwind.  If you want to stay, the resort offers the quirky bubble domes but also family cottages if you don't fancy sleeping under the stars.

Captain your own vessel with Erne Boat Hire.  Explore the area and take in all that the lakes have to offer - whether it's the islands, local attractions or just taking in the surrounding beauty from your boat.

Castle Coole, one of Fermanagh's three National Trust properties 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.

There's nothing better than an ice-cream when you're on holidays and if you pay a visit to The Barn you'll get to try lots of different delicious flavours, including bubblegum mallow, double caramel fudge chunk or rhubarb crumble and custard, made locally by the Jersey cows at Tickety Moo.  But it's not just ice cream and desserts on offer at The Barn - a selection of hot food is also available.

Go underground at the Marble Arch Caves (seasonal opening).  A natural underworld of rivers, showcaves, chambers and winding passages are all waiting for you to explore in the electrically powered boats. 

Get active at the Share Discovery Village.  Try your hand at activities like archery, canoeing, climbing, windsurfing and go-karting.  For a more relaxed activity there are a range of creative arts on offer.

Where to eat

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?  Stone baked pizza straight out of the special oven at The Firehouse in Enniskillen is a must!  And 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.

Where to stay

Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges

4 star Killyhevlin Lakeside Lodges - situated right on the banks of Lough Erne, these lodges provide the perfect unique self catering experience.   

4 star Arch House - the little ones will love staying at this 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.  Or if they're not a fan of animals, they can play in the well-equipped play area.

4 star Lakeview Fermanagh Self Catering holiday homes - a tennis court, trampoline, swings, climbing frame will all keep the little ones entertained outdoors, with a games room available indoors

4 star Manor House Country Hotel - a haven in the countryside with family rooms available and leisure facilities including a swimming pool, if the kids fancy a dip.

5 star Ballycassidy Retreat, just ten minutes outside Enniskillen in the countryside.  This luxurious four bedroomed accommodation is the perfect base for families to explore the area.

5 star Cargin House is ideally situated in the countryside near Upper Lough Erne and provides spacious, luxurious accommodation with a large private garden.

Enjoy your lakeland family adventure in Fermanagh.  Be sure to tell us all about your trip #DiscoverNI

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