County Fermanagh in detail



The lakes of Fermanagh are renowned for both coarse and game fishing. The Lough Erne trout-fishing season runs from the beginning of March to the end of September. Salmon fishing begins in June and also continues to the end of September. The mayfly season usually lasts a month from the second week in May.

You'll need a combined licence and a permit, which costs £9.50 for three days. See for full details. Licences and permits can be purchased from the Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre and Home, Field & Stream in Enniskillen, plus from the marina at Castle Archdale Country Park, which also hires out fishing rods.

Hire an experienced guide through Erne Angling.

Boat Hire

It's easy to hire out day boats at Enniskillen (try Erne Boat Hire) and Castle Archdale Country Park (contact Castle Archdale Boat Hire). Rates range from about £15 per hour for an open rowing boat with outboard motor to £65/90 per half/full day for a six-seater with cabin and engine.


The Lough Erne Canoe Trail ( highlights the attractions along the 50km of lough and river between Belleek and Belturbet. The wide open expanses of the Lower Lough can build up big waves in a strong breeze and are best left to experts, but the sheltered backwaters of the Upper Lough are ideal for beginners and families. You can download maps and info from the website. The Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre in Enniskillen can help you find where to rent canoes and boats, plus it has full details on angling.

Castle Archdale Boat Hire offers canoe and kayak rentals. You can try kayaking and canoeing in supervised sessions at Share Discovery Village.