Visit To Counties Fermanagh, Sligo & Donegal

Our Chief Executive, Duncan Dewar and his wife recently visited Counties Fermanagh, Sligo and Donegal. This is a wonderful part of Ireland and offers you the best of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 

Their journey started at Cairnryan where they boarded the Stena Line ferry to Belfast. The Irish Sea was like a ‘mill pond’ with sun shining and not a breath of wind so it was a very smooth crossing. 

They stayed at the Lough Erne Resort Hotel for 3 nights. This hotel is winner of Hotel of the Year and is a luxurious 5-Star accomodation in Enniskillen, the gateway to North West Ireland.  Nestled on a 600 acre peninsula with spectacular views of the Fermanagh Lakelands and The Faldo Course, it’s clear to see why Lough Erne Resort is renowned as one of the finest 5-star hotels Northern Ireland has to offer. 

After a very pleasant breakfast they set out to visit Belleek Pottery and parts of County Sligo 

Belleek Pottery is in the quaint village of Belleek in Co. Fermanagh on the banks of the River Erne. This Neo-Georgian building is home to Ireland’s oldest working fine china pottery. Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in Ireland’s cultural and commercial heritage. Producing more than 100,000 pieces of pottery annually, passing through 16 pairs of hands. Belleek has opened its doors to the public. They also had a tour of the factory experiencing at first hand how the pottery is made. 

After lunch they travelled into County Sligo and travelled part of the Wild Atlantic Way visiting many places including Bundoran and Mullaghmore. Mullaghmore is a beautiful, sleepy little village with a most attractive little harbour. This is where Lord Mountbatten visited regularly. Sadly, on Monday August 27th 1979 Lord Mountbatten and 3 others, including his grandson, went out on their small fishing boat and were blown up at sea. The IRA claimed responsibility for this atrocity.  

They also visited County Sligo Golf Club at Rosses Point.  It is a course carved by earth, winds and water and a true test of golf.  It is situated in the picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point just 8km from Sligo town, 50 mins from Ireland West Airport and less than three hours from Dublin and Shannon Airports.     

Back to Lough Erne Resort they enjoyed a relaxing few drinks over dinner. 

The next day was a quick tour around County Donegal. Mainly based in Donegal town, this market town is a thriving hub for shoppers. If you are looking for tweeds and woollens then you must visit Triona Design – Irish House. Their shop is right is the heart of town. For lunch walk next door to The Olde Castle Bar for a wonderful lunch. 

Donegal Castle is situated in the heart of the town.  For most of the last two centuries, many of the buildings lay in ruins, but the castle was almost fully restored in the early 1990s. 

Back to their hotel and the next day back to Belfast for the Stena Line ferry home. We would recommend this part of Ireland and Best of Scotland Holidays can put together a custom built package, including the ferry, for you. Please contact them on enquiries@best-of-scotland.co.uk or visit their website www.best-of-scotland.co.uk 

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