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Upper Lough Erne Highlights

This 1 day circular paddle from the Crom Demesne takes in all the highlights of Upper Lough Erne. History, nature and tranquillity.

7.5 (12.25 Kms)
Nearest Town
Route Shape
Flat Water
OS Map
Lough Erne Activity Map
Access Point
Crom - GR H370238
Egress Point
Crom - GR H370238


Points of Interest

Crom Estate, Crichton Tower, Inis Rath, Crom Castle, Crom Boat House, White Bridge


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 many photo opportunities along the way.  Please check forecast and in particular wind strength and direction before departing.

The National Trust property Crom Estate    (GR H370 238) provides an ideal location to begin the Lough Erne Canoe Trail.  Slipway and jetty facilities provide easy access to the water with excellent car parking 100 metres from the water.  Admission fee applies to non-members.

Camping is available for those who want to arrive the night before in order to make an early start. Camping costs from £16 per night per tent and the campsite is open from St Patrick’s Weekend until the end of October.  It is necessary to pre book on +44 (0)28 6773 8118.

After launching paddle downstream towards Crichton Tower on Gad Island but don’t let it distract you from some of the earlier sites.  On your right will be the 17th century Crom Castle (destroyed in a fire), where it is possible to pull up on the shore right beside the ruins. A short walk will take you to the famous ancient yew tree.

Back on the water paddle towards Crichton Tower on Gad Island (GR H362 235), an impressive folly. Next point of interest is the Old School house (GR H357 235), now a private residence now but can be admired from the water.  Paddle past Derryvore Church and continue north where you will be flanked by ancient woodland.  This tranquil area offers a great opportunity to view Heron fishing on the bank and if you are really fortunate, deer and wild goats can sometimes come down to the lake to drink.

Inish Rath Island (GR H336270) marks the turning point, home to a thriving Hare Krishna community, it is well worth a visit but it is best to make contact before hand.

Paddle round Inish Rath and pass to the east of Dernish Island, then look for the narrow channel on the eastern side of Bleenish Island.  This will bring you into a peaceful small lough.  Again you will see a narrow channel which will bring you under the beautiful White Bridge, the exquisite 19th century boathouse, formerly headquarters of Lough Erne Yacht Club, will also be on your left.  A short paddle will bring you back to the slipway at the Visitors’ Centre.

Getting to the Start

Directions from Belfast 86 miles (138kms)
Take the M1 which turns into the A4 near Dungannon.  Follow sign along the A4 to Enniskillen. Turn left at Maguiresbridge taking the A34 to Lisnaskea.  You will pick up brown tourist sign to Crom on exiting Lisnsakea driving towards Newtwonbutler. Follow these to your destination.

Directions from Dublin 105 miles (169 kms)
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 to your right.  Continue to the Ulsterbus depot where you turn right and the Lakeland Forum and car park is straight ahead of you.

No shuttle is required for this circular trail. 


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