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Killyfole Lough

Killyfole Lough is a fresh water lough between Lisnaksea and Rosslea in east Fermanagh. There is a rich history in the area with the earliest evidence of settlement being linked to the Crannóg which is located in the centre of the lough. When the water level falls it is still visible today; it is believed this Crannóg was inhabited during medieval times. Formally a drumlin wetland area, Killyfole was flooded and dammed by the Water Service to function as a reservoir in the mid 1960s. When decommissioned, the site was sold to the local Council, who in conjunction with the local community group, developed the site as a local amenity and wildlife sanctuary. A 2.5km loop walk has been developed around the lough, of which almost 1km is suitable for wheelchairs. The route around the lough includes boardwalk sections, allowing you closer glimpses into the lough depths and wildlife. It is a beautiful, peaceful walk taking in open water, reedbeds and small pockets of wet woodland.




1.5 miles

OS Map

Sheet 27

Nearest Town


Route Shape


Route Type

Lakeland, Woodland


flat gravel, boardwalk

Grid Reference (Start)


Grid Reference (End)


Point of Interest

The Lough, wildlife and views

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Follow the path around the Lough on concrete paths, gravel tracks and board walk.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The main entrance is off the B36 road between Lisnaskea and Rosslea.


Dogs are allowed.

Accessibility Grade

Grade 3


Car parking - There are two places to park - one at the old waterworks site where there is more space here or on the Lisnaskea-Rosslea road. There is also a bird hide and fishing stands suitable for wheelchair users.
There is a picnic table at the road side car park.



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Ratings and Comments

M Johnston 7 July, 2017 @ 14:08

As a local living on the lough shore we are blessed with having this truly beautiful walk around the lake. Flat and accessible to all, its clean and well kept, with picnic tables, fishing jetties, bins, info boards and duck feed available for feeding the plentiful wildfowl. 30mins takes you round walking briskly! Prams and wheelchairs will easily use this pathway.

Angela Rooney 11 June, 2015 @ 21:47

Was upset today while enjoying a lovely walk round Killyfole to see a young man throwing stones at the wild ducks he was walking with a young teenage girl.Ispoke to him regarding his actions he seemed indifferent and said so what. It is such a shame to see people abusing this wonderful amenity.

Paula O'Hara (The Ashes at Killyfole) 18 July, 2014 @ 11:31

The Walk around Killyfole Lough continues to rise in popularity and is suitable for walkers of all capabilities with the boardwalk and gravel paths. The wildlife you see on route is fantastic and look out for the beautiful Black Swan. Guest Accomodation is available in our self catering Apartment for up to 5 guests at www.theashes@killyfole.com

Jim Beattie 2 April, 2010 @ 10:58

Just updating my comments from a year ago. The Killyfole Lough Shore path continues to be very popular with locals and visitors. Guest in my B&B comment on how lucky I am to live right beside the Lough with my own access to the pathway. We are happy to have visitors to stay and if interested my details are on www.leanderlodge.com

C Johnston 4 March, 2010 @ 15:49

As a local i love this exquisite walk, with its tranquil waters, wooded Glen, Bird hide, Jetties- large and small. It is well kept and a pleasure for young and old at all times of year. Self catering available overlooking at fermanaghselfcatering.co.uk

Shaun McKittrick 11 May, 2009 @ 10:08

We did this walk while staying down in Enniskillen in our caravan.

Beautiful walk. Well deserves its 'Quality Short Walk' tag. Flat, well maintained, suitable for prams / wheelchairs / children. We took our dogs and where pleased to see that other dog owners also choose to clean up after their dogs - very clean.

Local folk obviously take pride in this walk and there is a nice bird watching hut at the lough and enough seats to enjoy a picnic on a nice day.

Jim Beattie 4 March, 2008 @ 23:56

I live next to the lough in Leander Lodge which is a newly opened B&B. It really is a beautiful location and I'm very fortunate to live here. The path is used by a great number of people, not only locals but people travel from quite a distance to enjoy the pleasure of a peaceful stroll.

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