STARTING today (Sunday, September 12), this year’s Festival Lough Erne is a week-long event with an exciting programme of activities both on and off the water.

Councillor Errol Thompson, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, said of the upcoming festival: “I am delighted that the festival is back for 2021, following last year’s enforced hiatus as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This year’s festival structure has changed to reflect the impacts of the global pandemic and will see activities take place right across the Fermanagh Lakelands.

“The programme includes so many events which have proved popular over the years as well as a host of new activities, both water- and land-based, including wellbeing events, lough shore walks, webinar talks, heritage events and food and beverage experiences. There truly is something for everyone.”

Here’s a sample of what’s on offer.

Throughout the week take the opportunity to explore the island town on board Enniskillen’s newest vessel, Island Discovery.

Blue Green Yonder will bring you on a wonderful adventure with its Moonlight Paddle or Devenish at Dawn guided paddle tours.

Alternatively, get your adrenaline pumping at the Wibit water park at Share Discovery Village.

You could also try sailing with Lough Erne Yacht Club. These sessions are tailored for those who require support to access the water and promise to be lots of fun.

If it’s dry land you’re looking for, how about an E-bike tour with Corralea, starting at the Linnet Inn?

Enjoy an evening like no other at Belle Isle Castle. Begin the evening with an informative talk on the Annals of Ulster, which were actually written at Belle Isle, followed by a food and drinks reception and a lively music session.

Lough Erne Landscape Partnership are hosting a Lough Erne Heritage Skills event at Enniskillen Castle on Saturday, September 18 and it’s all about the food and drink as well as the beautiful surroundings at Finn Lough during the Festival.

Festival Lough Erne is organised and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. For further information and to book, see