FERMANAGH Lakeland Tourism has announced that it expects to receive more visitors than ever from across Ireland in 2019, as it encourages holidaymakers to experience a range of events and activities that are taking place in the Lakeland county over the coming months.
Visitor numbers in Fermanagh have been steadily increasing year on year with ‘must see’ attractions such as Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, Marble Arch Caves, and Belleek Pottery convincing more than 348,000 visitors to make the journey to the banks of the Erne in 2018.
Now, as Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism announces a new bumper Summer schedule made up of music festivals, relaxing getaways, and unique events at some of Fermanagh’s famous historic National Trust properties, Marketing Manager Tanya Cathcart believes 2019 will be the county’s biggest year yet:
“Co. Fermanagh is bursting at the seams with exciting things to see and do this summer, which is why we’re anticipating more holidaymakers than ever visiting the area for short breaks.
“The glorious weather we’ve been having recently is the perfect excuse to come and experience the wide range of historical attractions, outdoor activities, and hidden gems that make Fermanagh a truly unique destination!
“We would encourage everyone to visit Co. Fermanagh in 2019 and experience everything on offer, we guarantee you it will be a trip to remember,” added Tanya.
Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism has unveiled a list of exciting experiences for holidaymakers to enjoy this Summer, with a range of new events designed for families to soak up the Lakeland atmosphere.
Visitors are invited to experience the stately grandeur of Castle Coole, the stunning 18th century mansion built by the first Earl of Belmore and set in a beautiful wooded landscape that’s the perfect place to get closer to nature. Enjoy the Summer Music Sessions on July 14, where you can sit back and relax over a picnic or some tasty treats from the Tallow-House tearoom and listen as the music plays in the beautiful Drying Green.
Belmore Court & Motel are encouraging travellers to ‘seize the summer’ and experience Fermanagh Lakeland’s breath-taking scenery, one-of-a-kind attractions, and heritage with 3 nights B&B from £56 per night until the end of August.
Florence Court has something for everyone over the summer months, from guided house tours to bike hire, Kitchen Garden activities, pond-dipping kits and even a Honey Show. Stop off at the Visitor Centre and pick up a Tracker Pack for the little ones to explore the miles of trails leading up into the forest park, with hidden places ready to discover such as the 18th century Sawmill, Carpenter’s Shop, and Blacksmith’s Forge. On July 20, gather around the campfire for a night of Pop Up Camping under the stars of the beautiful Georgian mansion. Explore more of the estate each week from 2pm – 4pm during July and August with the Florence Court Ranger Team, as they take you on a guided walk around the estate.
Crom Estate on the shores of Upper Lough Erne plays host to a range of different events this Summer. Discover what lives and lurks around the estate during the Creatures of Crom tour every Thursday in July and August at 2.30pm. If it’s music you’re after, then be sure not to miss the Music by the Lake event on August 10. Attendees can enjoy an evening of jazzy pop classics from local group Midnight Graffiti and a glass of wine on arrival as they dance the night away on the shores of Lough Erne.
Whisk your other half away for an exciting break in Enniskillen at the modern, boutique style Westville Hotel, with their Stairway to Heaven package you will enjoy one nights Bed, Breakfast & Dinner as well as a packed lunch for two so you are well equipped for a day walking the stunning Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, from £158 per room.
The much-anticipated Shoreline Music Festival will be returning from August 9 – 11 and will feature top artists such as Feeder, The Logues, Rory & the Island, Olivia Douglas, Nathan Carter and Cliona Hagan, live at Enniskillen Castle.
Experience Summer by the lakes at the award-winning four-star Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges. Holidaymakers can enjoy two nights midweek Bed and Breakfast with one 4-Course Dinner and full use of the Killyhevlin Health Club, with fitness suite, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and outdoor hot tub, from £119 per person sharing.
Perfect for foodies and families the Festival Lough Erne will be taking place for the fifth year from September 21 – 22 at Enniskillen Castle. With cookery demonstrations by celebrity and local chefs, local artisan food and drink producers, and live entertainment all taking place at Enniskillen Castle. The weekend promises to be a feast of food and water-based activities celebrating the very best of what Fermanagh has on offer.
For details on accommodation offers, visitor attractions and how to start your Fermanagh experience please go to www.fermanaghlakelands.com/GetOnBoard