17 Killyvilly Court Tempo Road, Enniskillen, BT74 4DP, United Kingdom
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Town Hall statues
Town Hall tower (1857)
Boa Island 'Janus-figure, side view
Travel Tips for Enniskillen
Watch for orchids!
If you happen to travel to Enniskillen in June/July, keep an eye out for the lovely purple or white orchids (dactylorhyza). They can be seen growing in grassy areas such as the verge on the roadside and can easily be missed. Please do no pick them!
Pleasant little town........
.......and really quite busy and buzzy for a grey, slightly damp and chilly Wednesday afternoon.
I'd not intended to visit Enniskillen, to be honest, but the lack of a ferry to Devenish Island meant I had a bit of time to spare.
Enniskillen lies between Upper and Lower Lough Erne, on an 'island', and has long been an important strategic point. Its castle (which I did not visit) dates from the 1600s, a re-building of an earlier castle damaged by a siege in 1594.
The town centre has one (long.....it changes its name 5 times!) main street, with Victorian and Edwardian buildings on either side, plenty of independent shops and places to eat and drink. The old Buttermarket (dating from 1835) has been converted into a craft centre, with small artisan shops set around a courtyard with a very nice central cafe.
I enjoyed wandering around, and was especially pleased to find several charity shops to investigate.
Perhaps next time I'll stay longer and explore more thoroughly.
A complete surprise
Enniskillen is one of those places one associates with terrible events.
The bombing of the Armistice day parade in 1987 left 11 dead.
It was therefore a plesant surprise to find a pleasingly vibrant little town that has gained hugely from the 'peace dividend'.
The town is actually an 'island town' surrouded on all sides by water.
This means there is alot of boating / canoeing activity in the summer (i didn't see much in Februrary).
It also makes for a good place for a stroll. The castle with two seperate turrets looked impressive, although on this trip I didn't get time to visit.
"You've found it!"
After doing a search for Enniskillen on VT and complaining (politely!) to Giampiero that it didnt' exist, he explained that the town is listed under its Irish name (which I can't even spell). So if you made it this far, congratulations!
I love Enniskillen. County Fermanagh has always been my favourite county in Northern Ireland. I am not sure if it is the beautiful countryside or the weather (usually wet) but I have always felt at home there. And Enniskillen being the largest town in the county is the first place to head to. It has the usual array of country shops advertising 'keen prices' and the (now rare) home bakery or two. There is also the Erne Waterway running through town where you can hire a boat and sail past Enniskillen Castle. On the edge of town is the remains of another castle, this one a plantation building, with a rather fascinating history.
There are 2 National Trust houses in Enniskillen, both worth a visit but allow plenty of time to see them. And of course, there is the Marble Arch Caves nearby - a very interesting tour if you like caves (and don't mind boats).
Enniskillen is definitely worth a visit for a short break and makes a lovely spot for a base to explore more of Fermanagh, Donegal and Leitrim.
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