DISTANCE

42.2 miles

Lough Erne Canoe Trail

Fermanagh

The Lough Erne Canoe Trail is one of the most popular canoe trails in Northern Ireland because it is suitable for such a wide
range of abilities. As with all canoe trails in Northern Ireland, access to the water is free and no licence is required.

The maze of bays, narrow channels of slow moving water and innumerable islands and peninsulas in Upper Lough Erne
offer a superb venue for families or those embarking on their first canoe trip.

Lower Lough Erne, north of Rossigh, is known by locals as the ‘broad lough’ and can become very rough in strong winds, so
this is an area best left to experts.

The Erne System flows from south to north, that is, from Upper Lough Erne to Lower Lough Erne. The flow is insignificant on the lough sections where wind direction is a much more important consideration and therefore this should not impact on your decision of which direction to travel.

There is a small flow along the River Erne section through Enniskillen. It is possible to paddle ‘upstream’ most of the year, however flow can become significant during periods of high rainfall so it is wise to check conditions in advance. The Arney River flows west to east from Lough MacNean Lower to Upper Lough Erne and is faster flowing Grade 1 water.

The islands and quiet shores of Lough Erne are ideal for wild camping, making it perfect for those seeking a true wilderness experience. Wildlife highlights include kingfishers, otters and grey herons whilst numerous historic lough-side features such as the iconic Devenish Tower, Crom Estate and Enniskillen Castle are well worth a visit.

DISTANCE

42.2 miles

ROUTE TYPE

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GRID REFERENCE

H37017 23835

COUNTY

Fermanagh

NEAREST TOWN

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LANDSCAPE

Lough

TERRAIN

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ON/OFF PUBLIC ROAD

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  • Access Egress Points
    Full details can be found at http://www.canoeni.com/canoe-trails/lough-erne/
  • Suitable For
    The Lough Erne Canoe Trail is the most popular canoe trail in Northern Ireland, because it is suitable for such a wide range of abilities. As with all our canoe trails, access is free and no licence is required. The maze of bays, narrow channels of slow moving water and innumerable islands and peninsulas in Upper Lough Erne offer a superb venue for families or those embarking on their first canoe trip. Lower Lough Erne, north of Rossigh Access Point is known by locals as the ‘broad lough’ and can become very rough in strong winds – so this is an area best left to the experts. The benefit of paddling on Lough Erne is that you can often start and finish from the same place, therefore there is no requirement for shuttles. However many of the local canoeing hire providers will be happy to offer a shuttle service.
  • Safety
    Canoeing is an adventure sport and as such should be treated with respect. If you are new to the sport, it is advisable to join an organized club or take some lessons with a canoeing provider, both options will offer expert coaching. Full details can be found at www.canoeni.com

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