Bellanaleck is situated just 5 miles from Enniskillen on the river between Upper and Lower Lough Erne. It is ideally placed to explore the whole of the Erne and gives easy access to Enniskillen and on up to Kesh and Belleek via Devenish Island and other historic sites. Heading south from Bellanaleck, you pass through Carrybridge on the way to Upper Lough Erne and complete tranquility. Bellanaleck benefits from having a Bar and Restaurant on site and a shop and take-away just a 10-minute walk.
Heading north from Bellanaleck, you come to Lower Lough Erne and from here a vast network of interconnecting loughs, rivers and backwaters unfolds that would take a lifetime to explore. These waters are framed by magnificent country - lush green rolling meadows give way to craggy uplands with spectacular cliffs that then lead on to uninterupted open moorland. This is truly breathtaking lakeland, unrivalled throughout Europe.
From the loughs the night sky is jet black and studded with a panorama of brilliant stars. The long summer days are so peaceful - hardly another boat will interrupt your calm. There are numerous free moorings along the waterway, many on uninhabited islands - just you and your family.
Lower Lough Erne, the most northerly of the two loughs, is a great expanse of open water fringed by mountains and dotted with islands. Upper Lough Erne is filled with dozens of islands, so it is more like a meandering river than a lake. Some islands have jetties and offer perfect lunchtime picnic stops.
Heritage features high on the Lough Erne tour - a perfectly preserved 12th century round tower on Devenish Island is easily reached by boat - and if you like your heritage older, there are some 6th century carvings on White Island. And for something more active, there are watersports centres on both lakes, offering sailing, waterskiing and kayaking.
Enniskillen, lying between the two loughs, is a picturesque market town and fascinating heritage centre. By day this busy town brims with shops, museums, a sport centre and castle. By night, Enniskillen comes alive with happy holiday merriment from the wealth of original pubs and restaurants that offer delicious international culinary delights.
The Shannon-Erne Waterway (formerly the Ballinamore and Ballyconnell Canal) was re-opened in 1994 and links the Erne to the Shannon. The canal itself is a delightful cruise, meandering through a series of rivers, canals and loughs, with the odd colourful pub and eating place along its banks. There are 16 locks along the canal - but they are all hydraulicly controlled, so life couldn't be any easier.
Those of you taking a one-way hire onto the Shannon will see plenty of the Erne on your way.
Contact details for this marina:
Tel +44 (0) 7775 592082
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Dublin (01) 278 1666 from Ireland
or +44 28 3834 4993 from elsewhere.