Lough Navar Scenic Drive
From Enniskillen, follow A46 for 8 miles. Take road on left with sign for 'Forest Drive' The main purpose of this 11km/7 miles drive through Lough Navar is to reach the Magho Viewpoint overlooking Lower Lough Erne. Along the route of the Scenic Drive are many other features well worth a visit. The forst is open throughout the year. Admission charges are displayed at the entrance.
The starting point for this walk is the Aghameelan Viewpoint. The route which is fairly well way marked involves a walk of about 6 km / almost 4 miles taking approximately 2 hours. If you do not want to do the full walk there are several longish uphill sections.
In recent years the original conifer plantation has been clearfelled and replanted. This has opened up many fine views of the area you will be walking through and the surrounding countryside.
The route to the waterfall is at first along an old forest road before becoming a narrow poorly deformed track. The conifer plantation in this area was planted in 1946, The Forest Service hope to retain this plantation of mixed conifers well into the twenty-fist century as a form of 'Heritage Stand'. During the walk, pause and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this very beautiful area.
From this point there are spectacular panoramic views over Lower Lough Erne. The high ground in the distance includes the Blue Stack Mountains in County Donegal. To the left on a good day you can see Slieve League in Sough-West Donegal, distance of about 57 km / 36 miles.
Do take time to walk along the cliff top footpath towards the west as far as the surface footpath goes. The distance is under 1km just over half a mile. This walk does enable you to get a real feel for this part of Ireland.
Shortly after passing the Old Man's Head at the bottom of the steep hill, you can see Lough Achork to the right. There is a well surfaced footpath around the lake involving a short walk of about 1.3km / about 3/4 mils, taking about half an hour.
The best way round us in a clockwise direction. At the far end, the first bridge you come to is where the Sillies River leaves Lough Achork. This river is also known as the 'Silly River' because it does not seem to know where to go as it winds its way through the countryside before entering the River Erne near Enniskillen.
The Correl Glen
Opposite the entrance to the Scenic Drive is a National Nature Reserve known as the Correl Glen. The surfaced footpath at first follows the Sillies River before climbing to higher more open ground where splendid views are obtained. The path on this fairly short 'loop' walk us quite narrow and has serveral steeper sections and also a few steps.
Approximately 10 miles from Enniskillen on A46.
This interesting walk near Tully Castle is mostly beside the shoreline of Lower Lough Erne close to its broadest point. The distance of the walk is about 2 km / 1¼ miles taking under an hour to complete.
Following changes to the original route, which takes you around the outer walls of the castle, the new route starts from the car park for Tully Castle. Follow a path from near the cottage towards the castle and lake. The lakeside path is in places very near the shoreline and does tend to get damaged by the water. For most of the year the path is passable. Sturdy footwear is advisable. Th lakeside section of the walk is through natural woodland and offers a wide range of plant life (no charge).
Approximately 9 miles from Enniskillen on A46
A roadside car park is the starting point for this short lakeside walk beside Tully Bay along a walk through natural woodland containing a good variety of wild flowers and plant life. The walk is so named after the late Jason Hassard who kindly gave the land for this pleasant walk.
Ely Lodge Forest
Approximately 5 miles from Enniskillen on A46
The area is fairly mixed conifer/hardwood forest offers a variety of walks. The marked walks involves a total distance of about 5km / 3miles taking about 1½ hours.
It is easy however to divide the routes shown into a series of shorter walks, all of which follow well surfaced paths and forest roads.
The best starting point is from the large layby beside a telephone box. From this point you can drive the short distance to a second car park beside the lake.
Picnic tables are available at both places. If walking all the way to the Carrickreagh Viewpoint do take particular care when crossing the main Enniskillen - Belleek road (A46).
At various places along the route it is possible to see parts of the Ely Lodge Estate. This was the childhood home of the Duke of Westminster.