Derrygonnelly has significant tourist potential, boasting close proximity to key attractions such as: Lough Navar Forest; Upper Lough Erne, Monea Castle, Tully Castle, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Lough Erne Resort and much more.
Lough Navar Forest comprises over 2,600 hectares of primarily coniferous Forest with spectacular views over Lower Lough Erne, Donegal Bay, the Blue Stack and Sperrin Mountains. A seven mile drive has been created to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Car parking facilities, picnic areas, viewpoints and short walks add to the experience. The Ulster Way, rising to a height of 244 metres, passes through the Forest. The Correl Glen Nature Trail rests adjacent to the Forest’s entrance and runs through part of the extensive Largalinny National Nature Reserve. This Reserve contains some rare plants and almost all the native Irish species of butterfly. These features combine to attract tourists to participate in heritage trail walks, sporting events and educational wildlife visits. Neighbouring walkways permit access to views overlooking Carrick Lough, with the remains of its ancient crannog still visible.
Aghameelan Viewpoint presents a panoramic view of Fermanagh and Cavan, Magho Viewpoint provides a vista of Lower Lough Erne and its islands, whilst Whiterocks and the Lough Slawn Trails provide outdoor pursuits activists with an idyllic setting to escape and enjoy the natural countryside whilst enjoying views of west Fermanagh and Leitrim. Lough Achork is the source of the Sillees River which runs through Correl Glen to eventually join Lough Erne near Enniskillen, a mecca for those wishing to participate in fishing activities or to sit and enjoy the quiet ambience and to contemplate the world as it passes bye. The Blackslee Trail provides veteran walkers with a four mile trek along Forest roads through the oldest part of the Forest before meandering to a waterfall at its furthest point. The natural geography of the Derrygonnelly hinterland provides an excellent environment for attracting
cyclists to the area.
The accommodation offer includes Tir Navar, a charming holiday village situated on the banks of the river Sillees. This was once an old creamery and the beautifully restored buildings have lost none of their original character and elegance. Accommodation sleeps up to 60 guests with disabled access, a restaurant, laundrette and conference facilities.
The village also boasts having a number of Pubs including: Old Pal’s Bar; Doogie’s Bar; and, The Cosy Bar. This area has an international reputation for traditional Irish music and hosts an annual music festival, which attracts patrons from a wide spectrum of both national and international locations.
Tullybay Holiday Homes, situated four miles from Derrygonnelly, rest on the shores of Lower Lough Erne and offer uninterrupted views across the Lough. The location is ideal for water based holidays or for those wishing to tour the North West of Ireland. Fishing boats are available for hire for those who wish to go fishing, island hopping or go shopping.
Built for Malcolm Hamilton and completed in 1618, Monea Castle forms part of the rich heritage of the local area. This imposing structure stood in one corner of a walled bawn with rounded corner towers, one of which subsequently served as a dovecote. The castle fell briefly into Irish hands in 1641, and was held by Gustavus Hamilton, governor of Enniskillen in 1688, before being burned in the 18th century and abandoned.
Tully Castle adds to the historical landscape of the area. This fortified house and bawn are set on Tully Point and were built for Sir John Hume who occupied the house until 1641 when it was attacked and burned and has not been lived in since. There is a recreated 17th Century style garden for visitors to enjoy. A visitor’s centre, located in a restored farmhouse, houses an exhibition telling local stories relating to the castle.
The parish of Botha (Derrygonnelly) is an extensive rural parish in the Northwest of County Fermanagh. It stretches to the shores of Lough Erne on the east and reaches the Barrs of Boho on the west. The local parish has several churches including: St. Patricks at Derrygonnelly; Sacred Heart at Boho; Immaculate Conception at Monea; Inishmacsaint Parish Church; as well as, Derrygonnelly Methodist Church.
The village of Derrygonnelly is also within close travelling distance to the Marble Arch Caves, a major tourist attraction not just for people living in Co. Fermanagh, but from across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and internationally. The caves are situated in a National Nature Reserve. They provide visitors with the opportunity to view naturally occurring stalactites and stalagmites. A recent excerpt from www.discovernorthernireland.com described them as follows: “The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, situated just outside Enniskillen, County Fermanagh is one of Europe’s finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.” Both Marble Arch Caves and the nearby Cuilcagh Mountain Park have jointly been recognised as a UNESCO Global Geopark due to the world importance of their geology and landscapes. The site is the only UNESCO Geopark in Northern Ireland.
Lough Erne Resort is located approximately seven miles from Derrygonnelly and as such offers world class golf facilities and accommodation fitting world leaders as evidenced by its having hosted the G8 Summit in 2013. The surrounding waterways provide a recreational haven for those wishing to explore or participate in water sport, cruising, skiing or water boarding.