7 Things to Do Near Castle Archdale

9 May 2022

Castle Archdale is a four-star caravan park nestled on the shores of Lough Erne, County Fermanagh. Only 10 miles from the bustling border town of Enniskillen, it offers so many things to do in and around the area. In this quaint part of the world, there are lots of versatile attractions that suit families, couples, large groups and even individuals. Trust us – we’ve tried and tested them all!
If you’re planning a weekend getaway that’s packed full of activities – then look no further. In this blog, we’ve collected our top seven things to do near Castle Archdale.


Things to Do Near Castle Archdale

As we said, Castle Archdale is merely a stone’s throw away from charming Enniskillen town: a place that’s steeped in fascinating history and stunning scenery. If you’re wondering what to explore during your stay with us – here’s some of our top favourite places to visit in Enniskillen:




Enniskillen Castle

If you’re a history buff – or simply want to make the most of your trip by learning something new – Enniskillen Castle is a great choice for any and all visitors.
Originally built in the 16th century, Enniskillen Castle now contains the Fermanagh County Museum and a museum for the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards and Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Situated in the picturesque setting beside the River Erne, the Castle offers a new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre which includes the Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre, Fermanagh Genealogy Centre, Café at the Castle, a gift shop and toilet facilities.
Tours can be enjoyed as self-guided, and there’s also lots of special exhibitions, tours and events to immerse yourself in. Make sure you check the official website before visiting so you can plan your trip.



Marble Arch Caves
The Marble Arch Caves are a series of natural limestone caves named after the nearby Marble Arch, a natural limestone arch at the upstream end of Cladagh Glen under which the Cladagh River flows.
Set in the rolling foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain, the caves were formed over 340 million years ago, and are a true marvel for the eyes! The standard guided cave tour sees visitors follow the Yorkshire Ramblers exploratory route of 1935 past hidden tunnels, still pools, delicate formations and stunning reflections. Tour lengths vary, with the average being around one hour.
Combined with this unique experience are plenty of other things to discover while you’re there. As well as underground tours, there’s also above-ground tours, scheduled events, an onsite café and a Visitor Centre that’s full of interesting facts about the caves’ history. For more, visit the Marble Arch Caves’ official website.



The Buttermarket Craft and Design Courtyard

The Buttermarket Craft and Design Courtyard consists of 19 art and craft units and a coffee shop, housed in the restored early 19th century dairy market.
Its unique position in the heart of Enniskillen makes it the central focus for the thriving craft industry in Fermanagh. If you’re just visiting, its a great place to stop-by and pick up a little souvenir to remember your trip by. It’s also a fantastic way to see the local talent, and support local makers doing what they love best.
The surrounding buildings have been beautifully renovated, housing many diverse crafts. The list is endless, but a few firm favourites at the market include pottery, ceramics, handmade jewellery, textiles, picture framing and original art.
For more information on opening times, please visit Discover Northern Ireland.



Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail (Stairway to Heaven)

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, (otherwise known as The Stairway to Heaven), is set in the stunning Cuilcagh Mountain, just 10-mile journey from Enniskillen town. The walking route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland,
traversing over a boardwalk and staircase.
The duration averages at around 2-3 hours, depending on how long you stop to take in the beautiful scenery! At the top is where you’ll be truly rewarded for your hard work, with mesmerising views that stretch for miles ahead. Lots of tourists travel all the way to this part of the world just to experience this must-see spectacle. But be prepared for a steep climb and make sure you wear appropriate walking attire that’s also suitable for the unpredictable Northern Irish weather!
This attraction is local to the Marble Arch Caves, so you can visit the official website for more
information about this above-ground activity.

Things to Do at Castle Archdale
At Castle Archdale, we offer lots of onsite activities for everyone who comes to stay. From forest walks, playparks, watersports and cafés – however you like to spend your days, it’s all here!




Castle Archdale Boat Hire and Water Sports
If you want to appreciate your surroundings and not travel too far, Castle Archdale Boat Hire and Water Sports is located at marina within the grounds of the country park.
For those who are water babies at heart or want to try something more adventurous – the boat hire and water sports activities will promise an experience you won’t easily forget.
There’s a wide range of activities available to suit anyone and everyone including:

  • Boat hire
  • Kayak hire
  • Canoe hire
  • Pedal buggy hire
  • Paddle board hire
  • Hydrobike hire
  • Cycle hire
  • Water trampolining
  • Guided canoe tours
  • Canoe school

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, you’re guaranteed to enjoy these activities. Plus, afterwards, you can head back to your cosy caravan to warm up and wind down!



Castle Archdale Walks

We have acres of room to roam. Castle Archdale Forest, part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, is a 520 hectare mixed broadleaved and coniferous lowland forest located on the eastern shores of Lower Lough Erne.
The forest is richly varied in terms of views and features. It also includes plenty of focal points such as ruined Castles, WWII docks and buildings, ancient woodland as well as views over Lower Lough Erne to White Island, Davy`s Island and further a field.



White Island, Fermanagh

White Island is situated in Castle Archdale Bay off the east shore of Lower Lough Erne. It is famous because of its remains of a 12th-century church and its eight enigmatic figures carved in stone, dating all the way back to the sixth century.
When staying at Castle Archdale, why not take the White Island Ferry which leaves the marina every hour starting at 11 am each morning during July and August, with its last run at 5 pm. With prices starting at only £4.00 per person, it is a fantastic experience, especially if you don’t want to go too far afield!


Stay at Castle Archdale

At Castle Archdale caravan park, we offer so much choice when it comes to things to do, and ways to stay. We provide fully serviced static and touring caravan sites, camping pitches, camping pods, glamping pods and even luxury vans – making it the perfect place for family, friends and individuals to stay.
What’s more, is that you can enjoy the tranquility of County Fermanagh, while still having everything you need on your doorstep. From playparks to cafes, a chip shop to even a bar – we’ve got it all right here at Castle Archdale.
For more information on how to book, please contact the team today. Or to learn more about things to do near Castle Archdale – please check out our blog page.[{{type}} Annotation]

Opening & Closing Dates

We are open from the St Patrick’s Day Weekend until Halloween Weekend for touring and camping stays.
New for Winter 2022 – Opening Aire de Service 27th December to 2nd January 2023.