First travel along the River Erne to Belturbet then go down to Killadeas to discover the immensity of the Irish landscapes and its heritage of myths and legends!
Welcome to Northern Ireland! Here, as you are in Great Britain, pounds sterling is the currency used. Bellanaleck is a peaceful little village on the banks of the River Erne with a central location between the large Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough lakes.
Before picking up your Nicols canal boat, go (by car) to the Marble Arch cave, classified as a "Global Geopark" by UNESCO for its geological interest. With more than 11km of tunnels formed by three underground rivers over the centuries the site is well worth the detour whether you choose a visit led by a specialist caving guide or simply take a self-guided tour. Right next to it is the Cuilcagh hiking trail (12km round trip) which is a wooden pontoon that winds through the middle of an unspoiled bog, until you reach the highest point of Cuilcagh Mountain from where the view is breathtaking. After all these adventures, head to the marina for the start of your boating holiday on the River Erne.
South of Bellanaleck is Upper Lough Erne, a large lake dotted with dozens of islands, sometimes deserted, sometimes inhabited. Set sail and explore some of them aboard your canal boat and spot the few castles that sit enthroned on the shores of the lake including Belle Isle Estate, Crom Castle and Crichton Tower.
For airsoft enthusiasts 11 years old and over, the Battle Camp Activity Centre is for you! Simply wear sensible shoes and clothing – everything else is provided by the centre.
Stop in Belturbet for a visit to the Railway Museum, and a hike to the Dreamscape Trail (permanent exhibition of illustrations by a local artist) on the small island of Turbet Island. For history buffs, check out the ruins of Saunderson Castle and the 6th century Drumlane Monastery.
Your boating holiday is over. You can turn around ready to return your self-drive canal boat back to Bellanaleck.
A small island town in Northern Ireland, Enniskillen is surrounded by the different waters of the River Erne. Before mooring in one of the marinas, take a tour of the island to enjoy the best views of its 16th century castle. From your self-drive canal boat, the fortress will be all the more impressive. Once you have moored in Enniskillen, a wide variety of activities are available to you: visit the castle and its military museum, enjoy watersports activities at the Blueway Water Activity Zone, discover the neo-classical castle of Castle Coole, golf, shopping, angling (fishing license required)… You will also find a large number of pubs and restaurants in which to spend typical Irish evenings, with family or friends.
Moor your self-drive canal boat at Killadeas ready for a tour of the small village. One of the first things you’ll notice as you arrive is the impressive residence that is the Manor House Country Hotel, right on the water's edge. With its two bars and restaurants, the hotel complex offers you the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet meal or simply to enjoy the setting over a drink. If you reach the village on foot, don't miss the small priory church and its adjoining cemetery before getting back on your canal boat to continue your journey.
Holiday reviews from Bellanaleck
A TRUE PARADISE FOR FISHING ENTHUSIASTS
We chose Ireland as our destination because we are passionate about fishing… and we weren’t disappointed. It was a real pleasure to fish in such a wonderful setting while also discovering the history of this fascinating country.
Valentin, Clara, Magali and Benoît, Nantes (44)