Enniskillen is located in between the upper and lower sections of Lough Erne. It is the largest town on the Lough and is the commercial hub of County Fermanagh and its surrounding areas. The town has a very long main street which changes name six times along its way and is full of shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Entertainment for all the family is provided with a theatre, cinema and a large playground, all within a short distance of each other. Fun is guaranteed in Enniskillen so set down at any of the mooring points along the quay and explore the town at your leisure!
In the Middle Ages, Enniskillen was of strategic importance due to it being a crossing point of Lough Erne, which was a major highway between the kingdoms of Connacht and Ulster. For centuries the tribal clan of the Maguire’s controlled this area until the Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th century. Enniskillen Castle was a Maguire stronghold, but later became a British garrison. It can be seen along the river upon approach to the town.
The imposing fortress of Enniskillen Castle in the centre of town is now a fine museum. Fun for all the family can be found throughout the town centre, where parks, play centres and shops are in abundance.
To the south of the town in the Cuilcagh Mountain National Park are The Marble Arch Caves. These make for fascinating viewing and a 75-minute tour will bring you deep into an underworld full of springs and waterfalls.
Twenty miles to the north of the town is The Ulster American Folk Park. This award-winning attraction tells the story of emigration from Ireland to the New World. The park brings this era back to life with its replica buildings, shops, costume-dressed actors and even a full-scale replica emigrant ship. This attraction is well worth a visit and will provide all the family with a fun day out.
The large tourist office located near the castle will provide you with all the information you need on the surrounding tourist attractions and amenities.