Lower Lough Erne Courtesy Tourism Northern Ireland
County Fermanagh Through the Ages From our hotel in Enniskillen, Ireland’s only island town, we experience the fascinating history of Fermanagh at every turn. Our visits include Ireland’s oldest pottery producer, the centuries-old Enniskillen Castle, the historic Blessingbourne Estate, a Lough Erne cruise featuring a monastic site founded in the 6th century and the brilliant Ulster American Folk Park. Throw in a visit to the award-winning Boatyard Distillery complete with spirit tasting and this smashing tour is sure to delight. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Belleek Pottery & Enniskillen Castle This morning we make our way to Belleek Pottery where we enjoy a 30 minute guided tour of Ireland’s oldest pottery producer, experiencing all the production areas with the chance to chat with the craftspeople along the way. We have free time in Enniskillen to sample lunch at one of the many eateries offering locally sourced food with their farm to table cuisine, before our visit to Enniskillen Castle . The castle was built over 600 years ago and is home to two museums, the Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum, which tell the story of the town’s two regiments, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. Day 3 Lough Erne Cruise & Boatyard Distillery This morning we enjoy a scenic cruise on tranquil Lough Erne onboard the Lady of the Lake. We make a pitstop at Devenish Island Monastic Site, which was founded in the 6th century and boasts a fascinating history, including being raided by Vikings (837AD), burned (1157AD) and flourishing (Middle Ages) as a parish church site. In the afternoon, we visit the Boatyard Distillery , an award-winning farm-to-bottle distillery located on the banks of Lough Erne. We see how the spirits are produced using the highest quality botanicals and ingredients, discover the secret behind ‘Érainn’, the copper still, and Today we visit the fascinating Ulster American Folk Park . We step back in time to follow in the footsteps of the brave migrants who set sail for the New World in the 18th & 19th centuries. We first experience rural Ulster’s bustling street and farmhouses, before boarding the full-scale Brig Union emigrant ship and discovering the cramped quarters where hundreds lived during their 12-week Atlantic crossing. We emerge in the New World, where we get a taste of life on the American frontier. Demonstrations of traditional crafts – such as forge work, wool spinning, turf cutting, decorative straw work & American woodcraft – give us a fascinating insight into the ingenious solutions of these resourceful newcomers. This afternoon we visit the lovely Blessingbourne Estate , a fabulous historic country house. We embark on a tour of the estate with the owner, Colleen, and admire the tranquil gardens, fishing lakes and Carriage and Costume Museum. We also tuck into tea/coffee and scones or cake while we’re here. enjoy a taste of the neat spirits to appreciate their full flavour. Day 4 Ulster American Folk Park & Blessingbourne Estate Why not upgrade your Blessingbourne Estate experience to enjoy a vintage style, scrumptious afternoon tea during your visit?
Enniskillen Castle ©Tourism Ireland
Blessingbourne © Emma Mc Ardle
Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Located just 1km from the historic town of Enniskillen, surrounded by lakeside gardens and with wonderful views over the scenic Lough Erne, the family-run, 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel is a fabulous base from which to explore the Fermanagh region. The 71 rooms feature elegant décor and are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/ coffee making facilities. The stylish Kove Restaurant comes with contemporary décor and lovely Lough Erne views, whilst the welcoming, informal ambience at Lakeside Grill & Bar is perfect for relaxing with good food, drink and views. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the Killyhevlin Health Club, complete with indoor pool, outdoor hot tub and gym. There is also a spa. • Ground floor rooms • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Leisure facilities • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge 4 Nights Half Board Twin from £568pp Double for Sole Use Supplement from £144 Based on Monday arrivals
Inclusions • Return ferry crossing UK - Northern Ireland • Porterage • Welcome tea/coffee • Choice of menu • Tea/coffee after dinner • Guided tour of Belleek Pottery • Entrance to Enniskillen Castle • 2 hour Lough Erne Cruise • Boatyard Distillery tour & tasting
Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.
• Entrance to Ulster American Folk Park • Entrance to Blessingbourne Estate, tour & tea/coffee and scones/cake
Why not add a visit to the National Trust’s Florence Court, a beautiful 18th century home and lovely grounds? As part of a restoration project, the Kitchen Garden is being returned to its 1930s glory, so it’s the perfect time to visit.
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