Things to do in Co. Fermanagh – Seven Day Trip

Triumphal Arch Lodge is a beautiful, historic Gatelodge full of character, located in the heart of County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Conserved and restored by the Irish Landmark Trust, this property is perfect for those who want to experience the stunning natural beauty of the area. The lodge is just a short distance from Lough Erne, making it an ideal spot for a relaxing getaway.

The lodge is situated on the Colebrook Park Estate, which is home to a variety of wildlife, including red squirrels, deer, sheep, and otters. The estate also features the Colebrook River and beautiful mature trees, creating a picturesque setting for your stay. From the lodge, you can watch the sunrise over the forest and the sunset over the rolling hills, adding to the magical atmosphere of this unique property.

Staying at Triumphal Arch Lodge is like taking a step back in time, allowing you to experience the charm and character of a historic Gatelodge while enjoying the comfort of modern amenities. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, a peaceful retreat, or a base to explore the wonders of County Fermanagh, this Irish Landmark Trust property is the perfect choice for an unforgettable holiday in Northern Ireland.

The History of Triumphal Arch Lodge

The Triumphal Arch Lodge, a Grade B Listed Building. The estate boasts a rich history. Home to the Brooke family, it once was the  home of  Northern Ireland Prime Minister Basil Brooke, who served from 1943 to 1963.

In 1786, the Colebrooke Estate was described as “a very fine and delightful seat” by the post Chaise Companion. However, Sir Henry Brooke had even grander plans for this wooded demesne. In 1819, he commissioned the renowned Dublin architect William Farrell to redesign the main house, park, and estate buildings, which included two gate lodges, one of which featured an impressive entrance arch.

The Gatelodge and Triumphal Arch entrance were designed to complement the great house and create a stunning approach to the estate.  

Today,  Triumphal Arch gatelodge offers a unique opportunity for guests to experience the charm and history of this remarkable estate firsthand.

Seven Days in Fermanagh

Day One

Begin your stay at the Triumphal Arch Gatelodge with a day of lakeside exploration. Once you’ve settled into your  accommodation, take a short drive to the stunning Lough Erne. This beautiful lake is the perfect place to unwind and immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings of County Fermanagh.

Enjoy a gentle walk along the shoreline and keep an eye out for the diverse birdlife that calls this area home – Lough Erne is a haven for various species, making it an ideal spot for birdwatching enthusiasts.

After a day spent exploring the great outdoors, return to the comfort of your lodge. Prepare a delicious dinner in the well-equipped kitchen, or venture out to one of the nearby restaurants for a taste of local cuisine. As the evening draws to a close, relax by the crackling fire, and let the tranquil atmosphere of the Triumphal Arch Lodge lull you into a peaceful night’s sleep.

Day Two

Begin your morning with a short 20-minute drive to the impressive Enniskillen Castle. As you explore the castle’s exhibits, you’ll uncover the rich history of the area, from medieval weapons to local folklore. The Castle complex is home to two museums – the Fermanagh County Museum and The Inniskillings Museum – collectively known as the Enniskillen Castle Museums. Plan your visit in advance by booking a public tour online at Enniskillen Castle’s Website.

In the afternoon, embark on a short 15-minute drive to the stunning Florence Court House and Gardens. This 18th-century mansion is a prime example of Ulster’s most important historical houses, boasting a classical style and exquisite rococo plasterwork. As you wander through the meticulously manicured gardens, be sure to spot the famous Florence Court Yew – believed to be the ‘parent’ of all Irish yew trees.

For a unique perspective of the estate, consider exploring by bike. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Kitchen Garden and its role in making Florence Court one of the finest examples of a sustainable Irish estate. Visit The National Trust for more information on planning your visit.

Day Three

Day 3 is all about embracing the unique waterways and outdoor adventures that Enniskillen and the surrounding areas have to offer.

Begin your morning by exploring Ireland’s only Island Town, Enniskillen, on either hydrobikes or E WaterScooters. These eco-friendly options provide a fun and innovative way to discover the town and its historic castle. Peddle your way around on a floating bike or let the water scooter do the work for you as you take in the stunning views of Enniskillen.

After your waterway adventure, pay a visit to the fascinating Headhunters Barber Shop & Railway Museum. Here, you’ll find a reconstructed Booking Office, General Manager’s Office, and an extensive collection of railway memorabilia that will transport you back to the days of rural rail service, which ceased operation in 1957. 

In the afternoon, take a 40-minute drive to the Corralea Activity Centre and Eco Forest Spa, located on the edge of the picturesque Lough MacNean. Treat yourself to a relaxing experience in the wood fired hot tub, lakeside sauna, and relaxation pod while taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

For those feeling adventurous, explore the untapped wilderness on an Electric Mountain bike. Discover hidden megalithic tombs in the forest and enjoy sweeping views over the lake and its islands. 

Day Four

Start your morning with the Enniskillen Taste Experience, a 3-hour gourmet tasting tour. Your local guide will introduce you to award-winning producers and family-run businesses passionate about their craft. Along the way, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet local legends who will share captivating stories about Enniskillen. The Enniskillen Taste Experience runs every Saturday at 10:30 am, and booking is essential. 

In the afternoon, take on a one-of-a-kind adventure aboard the Island Discovery pontoon boat, the first of its kind on the Island of Ireland. This unique boat features 4 pods with seating and tables for up to 12 passengers, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Lough Erne and its shoreline. The silent, all-electric eco-friendly motor provides a serene experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the stunning views and distinct sounds of the waterway.

The Island Discovery boat is available for private hire, or you can choose from a range of curated experiences, such as the Whiskey and Blues Experience, the Lakelander Food Experience, or an Island Town Experience led by a local historian.

Day Five

Day five of your stay at the Triumphal Arch Gatelodge offers a perfect blend of craftsmanship and artisanal experiences, as you explore the world-famous Belleek Pottery and the award-winning Boatyard Distillery.

Begin your morning with a 40-minute drive to the charming village of Belleek, nestled on the banks of Lough Erne. Here, you’ll find the iconic Belleek Pottery, renowned worldwide for its exquisite craftsmanship and artistry. For generations, the skilled artisans at Belleek have been creating original and unique pieces using traditional methods passed down through the ages. 

In the afternoon, take a short 20-minute drive from Belleek to the Boatyard Distillery, an award-winning farm-to-bottle distillery situated on the picturesque banks of Lough Erne. The distillery prides itself on using organic ingredients, with their gin botanical, Sweet Gale, foraged from the family bog, and the wheat used for their vodka traceable from the bottle back to the very field it came from. Take a guided tour of the distillery, where you’ll learn about the intricate processes involved in creating their exceptional products. 

Day Six

Begin your morning with a 35-minute drive from the Triumphal Arch to the Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Walk the Cuilcagh Boardwalk, an 11km trail that typically takes 2-3 hours to complete.  To ensure a comfortable experience, pre-book your car park space, which entitles you to a 3-hour parking slot, providing ample time to walk the trail and reach the viewing platform at the top of the boardwalk. 

In the afternoon, explore the Marble Arch Caves, one of Europe’s finest show caves. This natural wonderland features rivers, waterfalls, winding passages, and lofty chambers, offering visitors a unique glimpse into the fascinating underworld. The Marble Arch Caves are a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the UNESCO Global Geopark. 

Day Seven

For the last day of your stay at the Triumphal Arch Gatelodge, you have the option to either relax and unwind or embark on one final adventure, depending on your preference.

Head over to Castle Archdale Country Park, just 15 minutes away. You can hike, bike, or even try some cool watersports on Lough Erne. There’s something for everyone, so you can’t go wrong. 

Or why not take a walk around Enniskillen and grab some souvenirs before heading back to the Lodge? If you’re feeling lazy, just kick back and relax at the Lodge. It’s super cosy, so you might just want to chill and enjoy the vibe.

Whether you decide to go on one last adventure or simply unwind, you’re sure to have a great time on your final day at the Triumphal Arch Gatelodge.

Where to eat?

Enniskillen and the surrounding area offer a fantastic variety of dining options to suit every taste and budget.

Here are some top recommendations for where to eat during your stay at the Triumphal Arch Gatelodge:

  • Blakes at the Hollow: Highly recommended for lunch or dinner, Blakes offers a delightful dining experience in Enniskillen.
  • Tullymill Restaurant: This hidden gem is located in a secluded corner on the edge of Florence Court Estate. Please note that it has limited opening times, so be sure to book in advance.
  • The Street Restaurant: Highly recommended for brunch, The Street Restaurant is a must-visit. 
  • Dollakis: Located on Cross Street, Dollakis serves delicious mezze plates. Its neighbouring restaurant, Franco’s, is popular for pizzas and pasta.
  • The Firehouse: This charcoal grill restaurant has a strong local following. 

In addition to these restaurants, Enniskillen boasts a great selection of independent cafes and bakeries:

  • Joe the Baker: Famous for their sourdough bread.
  • Bee’s Knees (37 Townhall Street): A mega-popular cafe among locals.
  • The Toastery (Church Street): Known for their mouthwatering creations.
  • Folk (Darling Street): A patisserie that serves great coffee. Check out their Instagram here.

With so many delicious options to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect meal to satisfy your cravings during your stay in the charming town of Enniskillen.

House Manger Tips:

If you are interested in Horseriding try the Forest Stables nearby. They have  quiet animals to suit beginners as well as schooled horses for advance riders

For  a nice walk nearby try Lough Jenkin. Ascend the climb to Jenkin Hill where you will be rewarded with stunning views of Jenkin Lough, cut across the boardwalk to see the blanket bog up close and rest a while at the picnic benches at Jenkin Lough to recuperate

When is best to visit Triumphal Arch Lodge?

The best time to visit Triumphal Arch Lodge depends on your personal preferences and the activities you’d like to enjoy during your stay.

Here are some factors to consider:

Weather: Fermanagh is great to visit at any time of the year. Summer offers more opportunity for outdoor activities. Wintertime it is lovely and coast and a great place to retreat to. There will also be less crowds. indoor attractions and cosy pubs, like Charlie’s Bar, a traditional music hotspot in Enniskillen, can be enjoyed year-round.

Events and festivals: Check the Fermanagh Lakelands website for a full list of events happening throughout the year. Plan your visit around the events that interest you the most.

Keep in mind that Irish Landmark Trust holidays become more affordable the longer you stay. With so much to see and do in the area, consider booking a few extra nights to make the most of your visit to Triumphal Arch Lodge and Co. Fermanagh.

Please note that these suggestions are meant to help you plan your trip and are based on information available as of Spring 2024. Always check individual websites for the most up-to-date opening times and booking details before finalising your itinerary

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