Upper Erne Trail 1 Colin Murphy


Setting out in Belturbet Co. Cavan comedian Colin Murphy cycles to the border to meet Fermanagh native Graham Little, and together they cycle to Upper Lough Erne. This is not so much a lake as a watery maze of islands, inlets and meandering waters. The two lads cycle along the Kingfisher cycle which goes all around Upper Lough Erne.


Colin Murphy

Colin having realized long ago that the best way to see Fermanagh is by water, is met by Share Adventure Centre manager Robert Livingston who sets him up with an Indian type canoe to discover “The Canoe Trail” on the Upper Lough stopping off at inlets and islands on the way. The lake truly was a motorway for the Maguires who ruled Fermanagh from their Castle at Enniskillen. In recent years the Lakelands of Fermanagh and the border counties have been opened up to both walkers and water enthusiasts by the creation of the Shannon Erne Canal which links the Shannon with the River Erne. It means you can now travel like the former inhabitants of these lakes did in ancient history from Limerick to Ballyshannon along the Shannon-Erne waterway.

Challenging national waymarked trail


Estimated Time
This is a cycle and canoe trail. However there are many trails along the way which can be hiked. Belturbet to Crom Estate - 20km - cycle on Kingfisher trail.

Terrain underfoot
Trail, road

Suitable for
A reasonable level of fitness would be needed for the whole day. Everyone can do part of the trail depending on length and activity chosen.

How to get to start point
Belturbet /Kingfisher Trail- Lough Erne.

Dogs under effective control allowed, please always clean up after your dog.