Lough Erne Heritage tells the story of Fermanagh’s unique Lakelands, the people who lived and worked around the shores of Lough Erne as well as the islands. The
Lough Erne Heritage tells the story of Fermanagh’s unique Lakelands, the people who lived and worked around the shores of Lough Erne as well as the islands. The central feature of this story is the nautical heritage specifically boat building and usage which was unique to the area.
On Saturday 14th September 2019 (11:00-16:00) an Exhibition of Lough Erne Wooden boats will be on display with the opportunity to tour the shores of the only island town in Ireland.
On Sunday 15th September 2019 as well as the Exhibition (11:00-16:00) the Lough Erne Cot Championship rowing regatta will take place at the Broadmeadow starting at 14:00.
Enniskillen is the only island town in Ireland. It is located between Lower Lough Erne and Upper Lough Erne. Originally access to the town was by boat. Then the two bridges were built the East Bridge and the West or Erne Bridge. One road connected the two bridges. Access to the shore of the island was straightforward, roads that ran off the road connecting the bridges ran down to the shore. The North side of the town was the main commercial side of the town for goods and people transported by water, the other side of the town was low lying and prone to flooding, until after the 1880s drainage scheme.Ballyshannon grew up as a port entrance to the Erne, unfortunately the river falls about 50 metres between Belleek and Ballyshannon. This four-mile section could not be navigated. Goods unloaded at Ballyshannon harbour were then transported by cart to Belleek, before being loaded unto large transport Lough Erne Cots and taken to Enniskillen.As you go around Enniskillen today, the once busy landing stages for passenger steamships, sand yards or goods wharf have gone. Very little remains of the rich heritage of the people and boats that built Enniskillen. The roads built round the island shoreline have cut off direct access to the water.
14 (Saturday) 11:00 am - 15 (Sunday) 4:00 pm
Lakeland Forum Canoe Steps