Castle Archdale Country Park

Walking Route

A variety of walks along the lough shore passing the deer park enclosure, wildfowl ponds, wildflower meadow and butterfly garden.

Evidence of the 1939-45 War can be found throughout the park in flying-boat docks, ammunition dumps, Slit trenches, etc. This is because Lough Erne played an important role as the most westerly flying-boat station, from which aircraft protected the allied convoys from the U-Boat threat in the North Atlantic. There is also a family cycle trail waymarked around the park.

Distance:

5 miles

Start Point:

H173589

Finish Point:

H173589

Point of interest:

Red deer, wildfowl, butterflies, wildflower, WWII remains

Nearest town:

Lisnarick, Kesh, Irvinestown

OS map:

Sheet 18

Terrain:

Relatively flat off road paths

Route:

There are various routes available through the Park. These are shown on the attached maps.

A popular short walk (2.2 mile) demonstrates Castle Archdale Country Park ability to combine natural beauty with evidence of its role as a vital flying-boat station in the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II.

From Castle Archdale Courtyard, follow the sign for the Woodland Walk down the hill to the caravan site where you’ll see a large green tank, one of a few surviving WWII structures, which once provided drinking water from Lough Erne to the camp. Follow the pedestrian path uphill past the walled garden. On your left is the area known as ‘Skunk Hollow’, once the sleeping quarters of Canadian aircrews named after a place in the ‘L’il Abner’ comic strip.

Carry straight on past the mature oaks to a junction, once the security checkpoint marked by a memorial stone and a lime tree arch woven together by airmen on guard duty. Go right to the car park adjacent to the Lough shore then follow the first pedestrian path to the ‘Burma Road’, cut through dense forest to give access to bomb and ammunition stores. Continue on to a T junction, go right and up the steps back to the courtyard where you started.

Ask at the Countryside Centre for more information in the courtyard.

Facilities:

Country Park Opening Times:
1 October-30 March - 9.00 am-4.30 pm daily
1 April-31 May - 9.00 am-7.00 pm daily
1 June-30 Sept - 9.00 am-9.00 pm daily

Toilets, car and coach parking, tea rooms (seasonal opening), "Castle Archdale at War" Exhibition, and displays of farm machinery, local wildlife and geographical/historical aspects of the park. Seasonal pony trekking, cycle hire and boat trips are also available.

Accessible toilet facilities:

Yes

Accessible terrain:

Relatviely flat unsurfaced paths

Publication:

A map indicating the various colour coded walks within Castle Archdale

Publication availability:

Available from the Countryside Centre in the main courtyard buildings, or available to download on this webpage.

Getting to the start by public transport:

Various starting points. Castle Archdale Country Park is situated on the main Enniskillen to Kesh road (B82). It is well signposted and can be found 1 mile on the Enniskillen side of Lisnarick village.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre
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