Top 10 experiences in Fermanagh & Donegal
Updated: Apr 25, 2021
1. Erne Water Taxi & Devenish Island
2. Hydro bikes – Erne Adventures
3. Rossnowlagh Surf School
4. Erne red boats hire
5. Marble Arch Caves
6. Donegal Equestrian Centre
7. Cutting Edge Helicopters
8. Castle Adventure Farm
9. Waterworld Bundoran
10. Johnny Rockos
*From a local perspective*
Nestling in the heart of the geopark, on the shores of one of the many lakes in Fermanagh, we are fortunate to live in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Personally, I never tire of the landscape at Corralea; there is always something to do if you like life outdoors from paddling to the nearest crannog to biking in the forest, and relaxing in the eco-spa overlooking the lake.
But what else can you do in the region?
Selecting the top 10 experiences is a difficult task: there is so much to choose from but I’ve picked experiences which have a special appeal for me, are unique or have always been popular in our family!!
1. Private Devenish Island Experience with Erne Water Taxi
This experience ticks all the boxes for me. Devenish Island was one of the first places I fell in love with when I first came to Fermanagh: it offers a fascinating slice of history with its Viking raids, destructive fires, flourishing settlement in the Middle Ages and its 12th Century round tower. You can savour at length the peaceful & spiritual atmosphere here.
For this 1 hour 30 mins tour you will have the chance to explore Ireland's only Island Town from the water as well as stopping off at one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland, Devenish Island. The tour starts from £100 for 8 people, Barry from Erne water taxi is a wealth of information and stories from the Bronze Age to nowadays.
2. Hydro bikes
A really cool and novel way to explore Enniskillen town is from the water. After all Enniskillen is an island town which lies between Lower & Upper Lough Erne.
Erne Adventures hires the hydro bikes from the fishing docks picnic area just beside the Craigville garden centre. It has a large free car park so no hassle parking. You can enjoy the bikes without having to change and I love the idea of taking the cycling off-road and onto the water. New in Enniskillen for 2021.
It costs £20 for an hour and is bookable online.
3. Rossnowlagh Surf School
Rossnowlagh is the closest beach to Corralea. It is only 25 miles away on the Wild Atlantic Way. Rossnowlagh Surf School is a top class venue, they offer anything you can dream of on the waves and on sand!!
You can book a beginner/ intermediate/ advanced surf lesson, private surfing lessons or simply hire a surf board (from €20 for 2hours). Don’t worry if you don’t have any wetsuit, you can hire this too. Their coaches are all qualified and will make you feel comfortable and safe on the waves.
On sand, They run Kids Beach birthday Parties and even Beach Fitness & Yoga classes while the kids do some surfing.
After all that exercise you can treat yourself to some Tickety-Moo ice cream or some fresh fruit smoothie, Or enjoy a nice meal with panoramic views over Donegal Bay from The Smugglers Creek or The Gas-Light.
A great Day out!
4. The wee red boats
If you ever dreamt of driving your own boat, look no further. Erne Boat Hire beside the Erneside Shopping Centre has a fleet of purpose bu