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Otherwise known as the ‘Lake District’ of Northern Ireland, you’ll find the tranquil, county of Fermanagh in the South West of the country. It’s a predominantly rural area, rich in agriculture, but without doubt its most attractive features, and why it is so well loved by its visitors, are its crystal clear lakes, rivers and waterways which provide enormous scope for more serene, gentle water-based adventures. There is also a host of wonderful heritage sites to visit on the various small islands scattered throughout the waterways.

The region is dominated by two huge lakes; Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne. The 70-km stretch of lakes, known collectively as Lough Erne, is linked to the River Shannon and its waterways via the Shannon-Erne Waterway canal, making the entire system the longest navigable inland waterway in Europe. The waterways are used by a range of cabin cruisers and other small boats, so you can either captain your own vessel and explore the beautiful waterways yourself, or have someone else do the hard work. There also are plenty of short trips to the charming little islands along the way which offer some impresive National Trust stately properties and plantation castles dating back to the 17th century.

This county owes its survival to these little islands as the potato blight of the famous Irish Potato Famine had difficulty skipping across the water to them! If you fancy something more sedentary, then the fishing in this area is second to none. The main town in County Fermanagh is Enniskillen. The town offers some great attractions including Enniskillen Castle, the late-eighteenth-century neo-classical mansion Castle Coole Estate, and the Buttermarket craft and design centre which is housed in a restored early 19th century dairy market and houses a myriad of unique and diverse crafts such as pottery, ceramic painting, jewellery making, framing, textiles, photography, wood turning and a number of artists galleries. Other attractions outside of Enniskillen include the world renowned Belleek Pottery, Ireland's oldest pottery and the Marble Arch Caves - Northern Ireland's only underground cave system open to the public.

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