The most extensive of the ancient Christian sites in Lough Erne, Devenish Island is a marvelous mélange of remnants and ruins, providing a glimpse into the lake’s mystical past. In the 6th century, St. Molaise founded a monastic community here, to which the Augustinian Abbey of St. Mary was added in the 12th century. In other words, this is hallowed ground, even more so for the legend that the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah is buried somewhere nearby—if you can figure that one out. The jewel of Devenish is the perfectly intact 12th-century round tower, which was erected with Vikings in mind. A regular ferry to Devenish Island used to run in July and August from Trory Point, 6.5km (4 miles) from Enniskillen on A32, but at this writing it had stopped operating until further notice. Until it gets back up and running, the only way to get out there is to take the Lough Erne cruise offered by Erne Tours. Alternatively you could check at the jetty for a private ferryman to take you. To reach the jetty, take A32 north from Enniskillen toward nearby Irvinestown; after about 2 miles you will come to a roundabout. Almost immediately turn left (next to the gas station) down a small country road. After about 3/4 mile you’ll come to a fork in the road; turn left and look for the jetty on your right.
Fermanagh Lakelands› Attraction
1 1/2 miles (2.4km) downstream from Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT94 2FE
Our Rating Phone 028/9082-3207 Prices Admission to round tower £3; £2 seniors and children
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