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Enniskillen Castle to Devenish Tower

An excellent short paddle from the county town of Enniskillen along the River Erne to Devenish Island on Lower Lough Erne.

3.5 miles (5kms)
Nearest Town
Route Shape
Flat Water
OS Map
Lough Erne Activity Map
Access Point
Fermanagh Lakeland Forum - GR H232438
Egress Point
Trory - GR H227477


Points of Interest

Enniskillen Castle, Portora Lock Gates, Portora Castle, Devenish Tower


This itinerary has been compiled using an estimated paddling speed of 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) per hour and also allowing time for lunch breaks and the many photo opportunities along the way.  Please check forecast and in particular wind strength and direction before departing.

The car park at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum offers easy access to the water.  It has both a slip way and jetty situated at the left hand side of the car park as you look at the Forum.

Shortly after launching, turn right onto the main River Erne and you will immediately come across the famous Watergate at Enniskillen Castle .  You will agree it is most definitely best seen from the water.

Continue downstream under two large road bridges keeping left under the arches.  There can be some flow here after a reasonable amount of rain fall.  You will see the police station on your right hand side.  As an extension of your trip, you can choose to follow the river around the back of the police station, which will allow you to circumnavigate the island town.

The main route continues downstream and the river narrows and becomes flanked by tall trees on your left hand side.  Portora Royal School can be seen up on the hill to your left. 

Slightly further downstream you will approach Portora Lock Gates (GR H222452), keep to the left bank which will allow you to use the channel on your left hand side as you paddle downstream.

The river will widen again into Lower Lough Erne and wind its way towards Devenish Island, the 81 foot 12th century tower offers a great navigation aid against the countryside background.

Spend some time exploring Devenish Island then a short paddle takes you across to your egress point at Trory Jetty GR H227 477.  If feeling energetic this trip can be made into a circular trip paddling back to Enniskillen, but ensure you check the flow under the bridges in Enniskillen.  The majority of time it is possible to paddle upstream but there can be a strong flow after a period of rain fall. 

Getting to the Start

Directions from Belfast 83 miles (133 kms)
Take the M1 which turns into the A4 near Dungannon.  Follow signs along the A4 to Enniskillen. On entering Enniskillen from Belfast turn left after the South West Regional College (large white building) following signs to Dublin, then turn left at the Ulsterbus depot.  The Lakeland Forum and car park is straight ahead.

Directions from Dublin 100 miles (166kms)
From the M50 take the N3 at junction 6 for Cavan, Blanchardstown, Castleknock. Follow the N3 then A509 to Enniskillen.  On arrival at Enniskillen turn right over the first bridge.  You will see Enniskillen Castle on your right.  Continue to the Ulsterbus depot where you turn right; the Lakeland Forum and car park is straight ahead of you.

The shuttle is 4 miles (8 miles return).  Trory is situated approximately 2 miles north of Enniskillen.  Follow sign for Omagh.  Turn off at brown tourist sign for Devenish Island Ferry.

Parking is possible at the egress point Trory Jetty. From there drive back through Enniskillen.
There are a number of canoeing providers based on Lough Erne who can provide a shuttle service.   



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