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Castle Archdale Country Park

A variety of walks along the lough shore passing the deer park enclosure, wildfowl ponds, wildflower meadow and butterfly garden.

Evidence of the 1939-45 War can be found throughout the park in flying-boat docks, ammunition dumps, Slit trenches, etc. This is because Lough Erne played an important role as the most westerly flying-boat station, from which aircraft protected the allied convoys from the U-Boat threat in the North Atlantic. There is also a family cycle trail waymarked around the park.

County

Fermanagh

Distance

5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 18

Nearest Town

Lisnarick, Kesh, Irvinestown

Route Shape

Circular

Route Type

Lakeland, Woodland

Terrain

Relatively flat off road paths

Grid Reference (Start)

H173589

Grid Reference (End)

H173589

Point of Interest

Red deer, wildfowl, butterflies, wildflower, WWII remains

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Fermanagh

Route Description

There are various routes available through the Park. These are shown on the attached maps.

A popular short walk (2.2 mile) demonstrates Castle Archdale Country Park ability to combine natural beauty with evidence of its role as a vital flying-boat station in the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II.

From Castle Archdale Courtyard, follow the sign for the Woodland Walk down the hill to the caravan site where you’ll see a large green tank, one of a few surviving WWII structures, which once provided drinking water from Lough Erne to the camp. Follow the pedestrian path uphill past the walled garden. On your left is the area known as ‘Skunk Hollow’, once the sleeping quarters of Canadian aircrews named after a place in the ‘L’il Abner’ comic strip.

Carry straight on past the mature oaks to a junction, once the security checkpoint marked by a memorial stone and a lime tree arch woven together by airmen on guard duty. Go right to the car park adjacent to the Lough shore then follow the first pedestrian path to the ‘Burma Road’, cut through dense forest to give access to bomb and ammunition stores. Continue on to a T junction, go right and up the steps back to the courtyard where you started.

Ask at the Countryside Centre for more information in the courtyard.

Getting to the Start

Various starting points. Castle Archdale Country Park is situated on the main Enniskillen to Kesh road (B82). It is well signposted and can be found 1 mile on the Enniskillen side of Lisnarick village.

346 Killadeas Road
Irvinestown
Co. Fermanagh
BT94 1PP

Dogs

Dogs are allowed. Must be on the lead.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 4

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Café (wheelchair accessible) - (Mar-June & Sept onwards 11am-5pm Easter and weekends, July-Aug open daily)
Shop (wheelchair accessible)
Visitors Centre - Countryside Centre & WWII Exhibition Sundays only 12 noon – 4pm (winter opening hours) Winter opening hours will continue until further notice
Disabled toilets - (in Courtyard)
Disabled parking - (in Courtyard)
Wheelchair available - (from Courtyard Office)
Hearing loop system - (in Visitors centre)

Facilities

The Country Park is open daily from 9am- 5pm except for the Christmas public holidays 24th, 25th, 28th December and 1st January. The Country Park is open over the Christmas weekend 26th and 27th Dec.

The Countryside Centre and WWII Exhibition is open 12pm-4pm on Sundays only all year except for the Christmas public holidays 24th, 25th, 28th December and 1st January. (The Countryside Centre will be open on the 27th: 12-4pm as usual).

Toilets, car and coach parking, tea rooms (seasonal opening), "Castle Archdale at War" Exhibition, and displays of farm machinery, local wildlife and geographical/historical aspects of the park. Seasonal pony trekking, cycle hire and boat trips are also available.

Publication

A map indicating the various colour coded walks within Castle Archdale

Publication Availability

Available from the Countryside Centre in the main courtyard buildings, or available to download on this webpage.

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Ratings and Comments

★★★★★
Conaire McNeary 6 April, 2016 @ 14:28

I am a bit biased but its a beautiful place with stunning views over Lough Erne and beyond.

★★★★☆
charles mcdonnell 25 October, 2010 @ 18:03

incredible all year round

joe mahon 5 May, 2010 @ 01:00

i walk here every day best walk in Ireland

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