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Kingfisher Trail

The Kingfisher Trail has been named after the kingfisher, a bird long associated with the lakes, fishing and the tranquillity of the rural setting. This is a beautiful rural area of quiet country roads well suited to cycling as there is very little traffic. This 230 mile trail was the first mapped and signed long distance cycle route in Ireland and is still regarded as one of the most enjoyable.

County

Fermanagh

Nearest Town

Enniskillen

Route Type

Lakeland

AONB

Fermanagh

Grid Ref (Start)

H240440

Distance

230 miles (370km)

OS Map

OS 16, 17, 26

Route Shape

Circular

On/Off Road

On Public road

Grid Ref (End)

H240440

terrain

Tarmac Roads

route description

For the Kingfisher Trail, we strongly recommend following an official map which can be purchased from www.sustrans.org

The trail is designed to allow for both long and short cycling trips. The route naturally falls into two main loops so it can be cycled as two separate routes or as one continuous figure of eight.

On the northern loop you can visit the Marble Arch Caves on a subterranean boat trip and visit Ireland's oldest pottery in Belleek. On the return leg there are the wonderful forest parks at Castle Caldwell and Castle Archdale, not to mention all the incredible scenery by the shores of Lower Lough Erne on your way back to base at Enniskillen.

The southern loop starts at Carrick-on-Shannon as you pedal along the shores of Lough Allen to the Shannon Pot, where Ireland's greatest river rises. From here cycle through the magical Upper Lough Erne in Co Fermanagh and take the ferry* to Crom Estate, a National Trust property and one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

*PLEASE NOTE - The ferry must be booked at least 24 hours in advance (Tel: 028 6773 8118).

getting to the start

Fermanagh Tourist Information Centre Wellington Road Enniskillen Bus: www.translink.co.uk

traffic

Route follows minor roads, but traffic increases through larger towns.

facilities

Toilets, Cafes and Bars in most towns along route Many B&B's to choose from

information for People with a Disability

The route many sticks to minor roads. More information of disabled access can be found at Enniskillen TIC.

available publications

Discover Kingfisher Trail Cycle Route Map, Sustrans, NCN.

Available from sustrans shop, www.sustrans.org

Cycle hire

Blessingbourne Estate
Blessingbourne Estate FIVEMILETOWN
Email: info@blessingbourne.com
Phone: info@blessingbourne.com
Web: blessingbourne.com

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