Water is one commodity which is not in short supply in the Geopark, Loughs and lakes of varying sizes are widespread and commonplace throughout the area.
The Erne System, one of the largest waterbodies within the Geopark has its share of dramatic landscapes and historical treasures; the monastic round tower at Devenish Island rising up from the Lough, the ruined remains of Tully Castle, the picture postcard image of Enniskillen’s medieval castle on the edge of its island banks and ruins of 17th Century plantation castles such as Castle Caldwell all compete for your attention.
As a trade route for the Vikings, the Erne System has never been a modern commercial navigation. It is a truly rural, unspoilt and tranquil leisure orientated expanse for boating enthusiasts, game and coarse anglers and watersports fanatics. As many of its moorings are on islands dotting the waterway, true isolation is possible on the Erne System.
With a number of hire companies along its length, the Erne System is a boaters dream. Cruisers are readily available for exploring Upper Lough Erne, or taking in the magnificent mountain scenery that grips the shoreline of Lower Lough Erne. Opportunities for rowing, sailing, water skiing, power boating, paddle boarding and canoeing are also abundant.
Wherever you go on the Erne System, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You can walk, cycle and climb mountains; you can explore castles and museums; you can go shopping and pick up traditional crafts; you can try horse riding or hit a few golf balls; or you can simply relax and enjoy the scenery and wildlife and let the world pass you by.
The Lough Ougher Lake System, which is part of the River Erne is particularly worthy of note. This is an area of diverse wildlife and is an area legally protected in terms of conservation. Huge populations of Whooping Swans, Herons, Glebes, and other birds use the lake system, and because the lake system is unsuitable for larger boats, it is a quiet ecofriendly place to escape to nature. The lake system is extensive and it would take days if not weeks to explore by canoe or small boat, which makes this a paradise in the making for ecotourism or for anyone seeking a retreat to nature. This watercourse also provides a unique setting for one of the Geoparks most famous landmarks, Clough Oughter Castle
The Geopark has an extensive network of high quality walking trails with routes incorporating rambling country lanes,
Market House, Blacklion
A warm welcome greets you at our local Tourist Office in the Market House, Blacklion, Co Cavan Blacklion is a central
Mountains and Uplands
The upland landscape of the Geopark is dominated by Cuilcagh Mountain, with its distinctive flat – plateau shape it