Free parking is available at various car parks throughout Castle Archdale Country Park, with a large car park available at Castle Archdale Marina.
Castle Archdale is great for walking and cycling, with over 30km of forest trails including various waymarked trails. Head for "Old Castle Archdale" to see the Old Castle, destroyed during the 17th Century Irish Rebellion and check out the WWII features situated along the Burma Road, including the bomb store and petrol store.
Call by the Archdale Visitors Centre where you can see various exhibitions, including ‘Castle Archdale at War’. The exhibition highlights Castle Archdale’s important role in WWII. A café and Countryside Centre are also housed in the Courtyard. There is also a butterfly garden, wildflower meadow and deer enclosure.
Head along the secluded enclosure of the forest, hugging the shore of Lower Lough Erne and taking in stunning panoramic views across to Davy’s Island, White Island and further across Lower Lough Erne.
Bike hire is available from £4 per hour
Castle Archdale Boat Hire & Watersports are delighted that the Lady of the Lake Tours has decided to moor at Castle Archdale Marina.
The Lady of the Lake is a spacious luxury double deck pleasure cruiser. The Lady of the Lake is complete with air conditioning, licensed bar, on board catering facilities and sound system. Lunch & Dinner Cruises can accommodate up to 38 people and Sailings can are available for 56 passengers.
The Tour is approximately 90minutes and operates daily during July and August at 11.30. They also have a number of exciting tour packages so you can experience the beauty of Lough Erne in many different ways. Including private tours, corporate events, birthday cruises or celebrate your wedding.
The Lady of the Lake Tours are operated by Manor House Hotel and are booked through calling 028686 22200
White Island is a 15min boat trip from Castle Archdale. On the island you will find the ruins of an ancient church built on the site of an earlier monastic settlement with intact arched Romanesque doorway.
The island is world famous for its eight carved figures that sit in a line along the interior north wall of the church. Most were carved between 800 and 1000 A.D. and are wearing the long tunics of churchmen.
It is believed that Vikings attacked and destroyed the monasteries during the 9th Century with many of the inhabitants meeting a gruesome end.
The island is also thought to be located at a meeting of Ley Lines, with many of visitors from around the world use different techniques and devine intervention to find the same crossing point.
The Ferry operates at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 14.30, 15.30 and 16.30 during July and August.
We also operate a reduced schedule at weekends from Easter through to the end of June.
Our 4 Seater Family Buggies will provide you and your family with unforgettable moments.
The two back seats each have their own pair of pedals and the child seats at the front have seat belts so that your younger guests are secured!
Hire one of our Family Buggies and head off around the Castle Archdale forest trails and the shores of Lough Erne.
As well as the health benefits Kayaking and Canoeing is an entertaining and excellent way to see around the shores of Lough Erne. Castle Archdale Boat Hire and Watersports offer Sit on Top Kayaks and Canadian Canoes suitable for all levels.
This activity is not supervised; Children must be accompanied by an adult. You should be able to swim and be comfortable in the water.
If you are not confident try one of our Canoe & Kayak Tours or book your Kids onto the Canoe School.
Watertrampoling is an inflatable floating tramploine situated in the marina. Watertrampoling is a big favourite and one of the most fun activities on the water. Watertrampolining is done under the watchfull eye of our supervisor, and wetsuits and lifejackets are provided.
We also offer a combine 1hr Kayaking Session and 30min watertrampoling package which great value.
This is the perfect activity for wet and dry weather conditions.
Launched in 2018 our Canoe School is now in its second year following rave reviews. The Canoe School is the perfect way for kids to learn new skills and for parents to be able to go off and join there own activities. The Canoe School offers:
- 2 half days coaching on sit on top kayak and canadian canoe skills
- Coaching on water safety
- Lough Erne Island exploring (subject to weather conditions)
- Water-trampoline sessions
- Coaching by Level 1 & 2 Qualified Canoe Instructors
The Canoe School runs throughout July and August on Monday & Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm, and suitable for ages 6+.
Users are advised to book early.
We now offer guided Canoe Tours where an expereinced Instructor will take you on a tour around Lough Erne. We have tour packages from 2hours to a full day. With options to stop off at various islands and also lunch at various hotels and restaurants.
Come and enjoy a truly unique experience.
Canoe Tours are not available to book online. Please call 07834493480 to book.
A trip to Fermanagh is not complete without experiencing a day boat excursion on Lough Erne. Our day boat hire allows you to independently explore the beauty of Lough Erne at your own pace and in your own style, from the perfect starting location. So take to the helm and hire one of our fantastic day boats.
At Castle Archdale Boat Hire & Watersports we offer the premium Orkney manufactured boats with honda engines, console steering and controls (not tiller steer).
Lifejackets and fuel are provided. Boats are also pet friendly.