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The island town of Enniskillen in Fermanagh county lies by Lough Erne and is dotted with moorings and boats. Set in a landscape filled with picturesque waterways and romantic castle ruins, Enniskillen certainly fires up the imagination. So it's no surprise that it counts both Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett as former students.
The majority of Enniskillen's shopping activity takes place on Main Street, which snakes its way almost the length of the island. Strolling along the street, you'll see a mix of high street shops, cafés, restaurants and bars. The Buttermarket Craft & Design Courtyard is set in a restored early 19th-century dairy and is home to 16 craft businesses – from art shops to pottery and jewellery designers. In between browsing you can relax in the picturesque courtyard and enjoy the homemade food at Rebecca's Coffee Shop. Near the centre of town, the Erneside Shopping Centre also offers a number of high street stores.
Arts and Culture
A favourite with tourists is the historic Enniskillen Castle, which sits in poetic fashion by the River Erne. Built amost 600 years ago by the ruling Maguires, today the castle houses two museums – the Fermanagh County Museum and the Inniskillings Museum. The castle itself has the greatest number of surviving ruins of any 17th-century castle in Ireland. For those with an interest in historic buildings, there's also the impressive 18th century Florence Court nearby, and the Neoclassical mansion Castle Coole.
For evening entertainment, the 300-seat Ardhowen Theatre has a lake view setting and hosts a range of drama, music and dance performances – including traditional Irish music and dance.
Outdoor lovers should head to the Crom Estate (pronounced ‘crumb') – a 2,000-acre nature reserve on the shores of Upper Lough Erne, surrounded by ancient woodlands. The estate holds the romantic ruins of a plantation castle and is also home to some of the oldest yew trees in Ireland – if not Europe. With an award-winning visitor centre, there's plenty to do – from fishing and boating to woodland walking and bird spotting. Visitors can also stay on the estate, either in its holiday cottages, camp site or two glamping pods.
The Enniskillen Golf Club in the Castle Coole Estate is a popular destination for visiting golfers, with an 18-hole parkland course and mature tree-lined fairways.
Back in the town, in summertime, boats sail from the Round O Jetty to Devenish Island, which holds one of Northern Island's first monastic sites, founded in the 6th century. Having been raided by Vikings in the 9th century, burned in the 12th century and revitalised in the Middle Ages, this small island has a wealth of religious history.
Restaurants, Cafés and Bars
With a range of restaurants to choose from, Enniskillen's culinary offerings won't disappoint. In particular, the Catalina Restaurant serves up Irish fine dining, while the National Trust's Florence Court Tearoom offers homemade cakes in a stunning setting. For drinking, Magees Spirit Store and Bar is the oldest pub in Enniskillen and is open seven nights a week with a mixture of music. Another popular option is the Bush Bar & Grill, which serves food and drink. Visitors are advised to make sure not to leave Enniskillen without trying the town's award-winning black bacon and burgers.
Whether for a waterside break, an outdoor weekend or a literary tour, the range of Enniskillen hotels should meet your needs.
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