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What to do in Belcoo & Blacklion?

Updated: Apr 25, 2021

*From a Local Perspective*

The twin villages of Belcoo - Blacklion straddle the Border between Co. Fermanagh & Co. Cavan in the North West of Ireland.

The origin of the name Belcoo is linked to its location between Upper & Lower Lough Macnean. According to Belcoo & District Historical Society, Belcoo is probably an anglicised form of the Irish “Béal Atha Conga” meaning “a narrow neck, a strait where a river or lake contracts”.

Belcoo & Blacklion (Co. Cavan) both developed with the arrival of the railway in 1878.

Belcoo evolved from a ford to a thriving village and Blacklion started to house the monthly fair in the market house and the fair green. The Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Railway was the shortest railway line in Ireland with its 43 miles connecting Enniskillen to the CIE line 5 miles short of Sligo. The line closed in 1957.

Belcoo is a picturesque village. It is centered around a large cottage meadow looking out onto the lake, with a children's playground and outdoor gym.

The twin villages have everything a visitor needs

  • McCann's Spar shop on the main Enniskillen – Sligo road sells: groceries & fresh vegetables, Barista coffee, fresh bread & buns. It has an ATM, Paypoint and Lottery. It also hosts the Post Office and you can avail of its services until the shop closes in the evening at 9pm.

  • In Blacklion, Flynn's butchers is a must for your barbecue meat, with burgers that don't shrink!!

  • The new FikaBlacklion bakery bakes homemade breads, scones and sweet treats for collection on Saturday. Delicious!

  • Belcoo Pharmacy will look after your health care but also offers a wide range of gifts for little ones, accessories, jewellery, make up, skin care, perfumes...it is a real Ali Baba Cave!

  • Leo’s Off-Licence provides for all your drinking needs from soft drinks to wine, beer and the stronger stuff.

No village would be complete without eating and drinking venues and we can't wait for premises to open again for business

  • In Belcoo, The customs House Inn offers fine dining with contemporary cuisine, bar, lounge & accommodation.

  • Blacklion is home to the famous award winning chef Neven Maguire at MacNean House and Restaurant. You can also book a cookery class at the Neven Maguire Cookery School.

  • Or you could opt for the Blacklion Chippy with an array of take away food.

For a little tipple

  • Our personal favourite pub is Frank Eddies in Blacklion: it has the charm of the old traditional pub and a welcoming open fire usually hugged by a few local musicians. It brings us back to our caving days when the whole Reyfad caving group would congregate after a day-long caving trip to enjoy a perfectly poured Guinness.

  • But there are plenty more pubs: Maguires Public House in Belcoo

  • The Dug out & Fitzpatrick's in Blacklion.

For the visitor, there is an abundance of accommodation locally:

  • Corralea offers self-catering cottages on the shores of the lake,

  • Rushin House Caravan Park, located on a family farm, provides high quality facilities in a lakeside setting for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.

  • There are numerous B&B and airbnb lodgings in both villages.

Finally, both villages offer a wide range of services:

tourist information centre in The Market House, barbers, dentist, parcel motel, currency exchange, doctor surgery, aromatherapy at Calm, yoga classes with Aurora Yoga Studio NI.