Tully Castle Loughshore Walk

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Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, this charming walk takes in the castle grounds with commanding views of the castle ruins and the surrounding countryside. The walk continues into a mixed woodland area before breaking out into views across Lough Erne; Heron Island, Gay Island and Inishmakill Island can all be seen directly opposite the shoreline. These islands and surrounding shore are important for a variety of wild birds.

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  • Excellent short walk. Masses of wild flowers today – celandine, primroses, violets, wood anemones, wood sorrel and a few orchids. Stunning!

    Helen Osborn at 6:32 pm
  • A true gem of a walk, the best short walk around. It’s got everything, the backdrop of a plantation castle, the water’s edge and a mix of shelter and exposure.

    David Baxter at 9:05 am
  • Great information on this site. Lots of work. Thank you.

    Michael Tully at 12:34 pm
  • County Fermanagh

    Distance 1.2 miles

    OS Map Sheet 17 1:50,000

    Terrain Gravel paths, steady gradient

    Nearest Town Derrygonnelly

    Route Shape Circular

    Grid Reference H127568

    Route Type Lakeland, Parkland & Grassland, Riverside

    Route Description

    Tully Castle Lough Shore Walk is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The walk is located on a small headland jutting into Lower Lough Erne. Tully Castle stands at the top of a south-facing slope on Tully Point. During the Castles occupation in the early 17th Century, Lough Erne was a transport highway of the time. The start of the walk takes in the impressive remains of Tully Castle, situated in the townland of Tully. The fortified house and bawn built during the plantation era in the early 17th century stands on top of a south facing slope on Tully Point, which commands views around the immediate countryside and across the lough. Historically the castle is a “time capsule” as it was lived in for only thirty years. For over 350 years it lay ruined and desolate until 1974 when a programme of restoration and consolidation was undertaken to the castle, garden and footpaths. The path goes around the headland through deep woodland with a delightful mixture of broadleaved trees dominated by ash and beech. The undergrowth glows a vibrant green with mosses, lichen, wood sorrel, orchids, blue bells and ferns carpeting the ground in different seasons. Added to these surroundings are views where the woodland opens to provide glimpses of Lower Lough Erne and its surroundings. Take a moment to look at Heron Island, Gay Island and Inishmakill Island which are directly opposite the shoreline. These islands and the surrounding shore, are an important area for a variety of wild birds. Tully Castle, the gardens and cottage are managed by the Department of the Environment, Historic Environment Division and the shoreline is managed by the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and by Waterways Ireland. The highlights of the walk are the remains of the Plantation castle Tully Castle built in 1613 for Sir John Hume and the 19th-century cottage that has been transformed into an exhibition space outlining the history of the castle and surrounding area.

    Point of Interest

    Plantation castle Tully Castle built in 1613

    Getting to the start

    From Enniskillen, travel north along the A46 Shore road towards Belleek. Approximately 15km from Enniskillen, Tully Castle is signed and located on the right.

    Public transport

    Translink – journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

    Dog Policy

    Dogs on lead permitted


    Toilets and picnic benches are available on site