Lough Erne Cruise & Castle Coole
07:00 - 20:00
A Day spent around the beauty of Irelands “Lake District”, in county Fermanagh.
After our pickups we take the scenic drive to Enniskillen through the Border Counties to Northern Ireland’s “Lakelands” and Lough Erne. On arrival we take a Cruise on beautiful Lough Erne and hear stories of old with morning tea/coffee and scones. Hear how the early Celts were obviously drawn to this green and tranquil waterways and the isolation the islands offered.
With the arrival of Christianity these pagan sites became Christian places of worship. Devinish Island is a fine example of such. Witness fine examples of a Round tower and an old Christain church on the island as we sail around.
The Lough is also where the American Marines set up a flying boat base during WW2. This came about through an unspoken agreement with the Irish government who were supposed to be neutral during the war but allowed the Americans to use the Donegal Corridor, a kind of free airspace to access the North Atlantic and Europe.
After our cruise we allow some free time for lunch (own cost) and then visit Castle Coole.
Surrounded by stunning landscape on the edge of Enniskillen, this majestic 18th century home designed by James Wyatt, is One of Ireland's greatest neo-classical houses. It is one of three properties managed by the National Trust in County Fermanagh. The story behind how this house was built and the effort it took is a major part and focus of our tour. The tour also shows who life was like during 1800's Ulster for Lords and Ladies alike but also portrays a different life showing the daily conditions that servants and estate workers had to endure. After our house tour we head back home arriving back early evening.
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