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Castle Archdale Forest

Castle Archdale Forest

Castle Archdale Forest

Castle Archdale Forest is a 520 hectare mixed broadleaved and coniferous lowland forest located on the eastern shores of Lower Lough Erne. The forest is a richly varied one in terms of views and features and includes ruined Castles, WWII docks & buildings, ancient woodland and views over Lower Lough Erne to White Island, Davy`s Island and further a field. 

Click here to view the Castle Archdale Forest walking routes map.

Woodland Riverside Walk

Distance: 0.8km                                         Time: 25 minutes

Grade: Easy                                                Terrain: Gravel path and tarmac road.

Route: Clockwise circular                      Wheelchair Friendly: No

Facilities: car parking, picnic area.           Grid Reference: IH 186 599

Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 17 Lower Lough Erne; Activity Map OSNI Upper and Lower Lough Erne

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

The Woodland Riverside Walk is a red waymarked circular route through thickets of woodland and commercial forest. The walk meanders along the course of a woodland river, the river gurgles and splashes on its journey to Lough Erne, bringing life to the forest. If you are lucky you may spot a kingfisher skimming over the waters in its search for food.

Leaving the river, the path takes you up through the forest driveway winding its way back to the car park. The roadside verges and welcoming flowers attract butterflies such as red admiral, speckled wood and peacock.

Tom’s Island Walk

Distance: 2.9km                                         Time:  1 hr

Grade: Easy                                                 Terrain: Gravel path and forest road.

Route: Anti-clockwise circular                 Wheelchair Friendly: No

Facilities: car parking, picnic area.           Grid Reference: IH 186 599

Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 17 Lower Lough Erne; Activity Map OSNI Upper and Lower Lough Erne

Lower Lough Erne Shoreline

Lower Lough Erne Shoreline

Tom’s Island Walks is a circular walk which showcases the best of Castle Archdale Forest. The path meanders through deep woodland containing a delightful mixture of coniferous and broadleaved trees. Skirting the shores of Lower Lough Erne be sure to stop at the picnic or resting areas on Tom’s Island to enjoy the panoramic views over the lake towards White Island and Davy’s Island.

This walk provides you with the best opportunity to glimpse the pine marten, hedgehogs, foxes and red squirrels that you can often hear foraging in the foliage. This area has been identified as an important habitat for red squirrels and is promoted by the Fermanagh Red Squirrel Group.