Reasons to Explore County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland this Summer

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  1. Experience a Unique Accommodation: Sleep in a Bubble Dome

Have you ever thought about sleeping in a transparent bubble dome? Finn Lough offers these bubbles designed for two people, nestled in secluded woodlands. These domes feature double beds and luxurious rolltop baths, creating the perfect setting for stargazing or simply unwinding while listening to the soothing sound of raindrops on their see-through surfaces. On top of this, an on-site spa provides additional relaxation with Finnish saunas, hot tubs, and a float room. At The Barn, you can indulge in small plates bursting with local flavors.

If you’re intrigued by this, you might also enjoy reserving a lakeside studio at the four-star Killyhevlin Hotel, which boasts picturesque views overlooking Lough Erne.

  1. Explore the Enchanting Marble Arch Caves

Discover the UNESCO Global Geopark that spans across the boundary between Northern Ireland and Ireland, encompassing a fascinating cave network formed by the waterways of Cuilcagh mountain. Embark on a one-mile guided tour that takes you through this cave system, sometimes involving a brief boat excursion and always accompanied by tales of ghosts and legends.

For a similar experience, continue your cross-border exploration at Cavan Burren Park, a convergence of ancient tombs, geological wonders, fossils, and local myths interconnected by short hiking trails.

  1. Navigate the Waters: Rent a Boat

With nearly a third of County Fermanagh’s landscape covered in lakes, rivers, and canals, a boating adventure is a must. Rent a small boat from Erne Boat Hire in Enniskillen and take a 30-minute voyage to Devenish Island, an early Christian historic site featuring a charming 12th-century round tower. For longer journeys, Carrickcraft in Bellanaleck offers cruiser rentals.

Prefer not to steer yourself? Opt for an hour-long tour on the vibrant yellow Erne Water Taxi departing from Enniskillen.

  1. Vintage Grooming and Railway History: Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum

In Enniskillen, the Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum is a dual experience. As the name suggests, this establishment provides traditional haircuts for men while being surrounded by an assortment of railway memorabilia, including uniforms, model trains, signaling devices, lamps, and tickets. The museum is open to everyone, even if haircuts are limited to men.

For a different historical excursion, consider visiting Florence Court, where you won’t find a barbershop but can immerse yourself in the past with pleasure garden trails set in an 18th-century estate.

  1. Conquer the Majestic Heights: Ascend the ‘Stairway to Heaven’

The Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail has earned its moniker “Stairway to Heaven” due to the breathtaking panoramic vistas it offers of Cuilcagh Mountain. Allocate around 3.5 hours for the seven-mile round-trip hike, ensuring you stay on the boardwalk to safeguard the delicate bogland ecosystem.

If you’re seeking another invigorating climb, the Magho Cliff Walk at Lough Navar Forest Park rewards your efforts with stunning views of the lake and escarpment, though it does involve an initial ascent of approximately 370 steps.

This article is part of the UK & Ireland 2023 guide, included with the September 2023 edition of National Geographic Traveller (UK).

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Northern Ireland Travel

What are the unique accommodations available in County Fermanagh?

You can experience the distinctive bubble dome lodging at Finn Lough, set in private woodlands, offering transparent shells, double beds, and rolltop baths.

What notable natural attractions can be explored in the area?

Explore the captivating Marble Arch Caves, a UNESCO Global Geopark, featuring a cave system shaped by Cuilcagh mountain’s waterways. Additionally, discover the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ offering spectacular views of Cuilcagh Mountain.

How can I enjoy the waterways of County Fermanagh?

Rent a boat from Erne Boat Hire in Enniskillen to navigate the lakes and rivers. You can also take an Erne Water Taxi tour. Both options provide unique ways to explore the water-rich landscape.

What historical and cultural experiences are available?

Visit Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum in Enniskillen, combining vintage grooming with railway history. Additionally, immerse yourself in the past with pleasure garden trails at Florence Court, an 18th-century estate.

Where can I find more information about these attractions?

This information is featured in the UK & Ireland 2023 guide from National Geographic Traveller (UK), distributed with the September 2023 issue. For further details, consider subscribing to the magazine.

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3 comments

Traveler89 August 19, 2023 - 9:11 pm

man, this spot’s got it all – bubble sleepin’, deep caves, boats on water, history vibes, and hikin’ to heaven. nat geo knows wassup!

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Adventur3Seek3r August 19, 2023 - 10:26 pm

whoa, bubble beds & baths? gotta see that. them caves sound epic. boats, yea! barber museum? cool! climb heaven? count me in!

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ExplorinXplorer August 20, 2023 - 1:32 am

finn lough’s bubbles sound amazin’. caves? sign me up! boats on lakes? awesome! old-timey barber and hikes? sounds like a blast. nat geo guide rocks!

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