The collective name for two freshwater lakes connected by the River Erne, located in County Fermanagh to the west.
Sometimes called ‘Northern Ireland’s Lake District’, the waterway combines delightful scenery with a wealth of water sport, fishing and boating activities.
Cruisers can be hired for a relaxing holiday exploring the maze of islands, inlets and coves, and stopping off at some fine restaurants and traditional pubs.
An excellent day tour from Belfast is to combine a guided tour of the show caves at Marble Arch with a visit to Lough Erne’s best viewpoints.
Mountains of Mourne
Made famous by Don McLean’s version of the Percy French song “Where the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea”.
The mountains are not especially high – at 852 metres, Slieve Donard is the tallest peak – but they hold a majesty that defies their modest size.
As the song suggests, hill walkers are rewarded with splendid views over the Irish Sea.
There are plenty of places where not-so-serious walkers can enjoy the mountain air; for example: Tollymore Forest Park, Spelga Dam and the Silent Valley.
A large inlet of sea water on the east coast of County Down, separated from the Irish sea by the Ards Peninsula.
It is a conservation area with important marine habitats and abundant wildlife.
A great day tour from Belfast is to travel around the lough, taking a short car ferry crossing at the narrows (the inlet’s mouth) and stop off at some of the many interesting places enroute:
- Two fine National Trust houses and gardens – Mount Stewart and Castleward
- Charming towns of Portaferry and Strangford on either side of the narrows
- Ruins of early Christian settlements – Cisterian abbey at Greyabbey and Nendrum Monastery on Mahee Island
- Reputed grave of Saint Patrick at Downpatrick
- Exploris aquarium and seal santuary
- Scrabo Tower – iconic landmark on a hill with fine views over the lough
County Antrim’s northern coastline, named after its most famous feature – the Giant’s Causeway, is defined by its rocky cliffs and headlands interspersed with long sandy beaches and dunes.
It offers fine views of County Donegal to the west and the Scottish coast to the east, and there are quaint harbours, ancient ruins and other places of interest to explore.
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