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County Fermanagh

County Fermanagh (Fear Manach in Irish) is often referred to as Northern Ireland's Lake District. Located in the south-west of Northern Ireland, the region is approx. 120 km from Belfast and 160 km from Dublin. Fermanagh is also the name of one of the 26 district councils in Northern Ireland which has almost the same boundaries as the county it is named after. It is one of the nine counties that constitute the province of Ulster. It is also the most westerly part of the United Kingdom and it borders Counties Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Cavan in the Republic of Ireland.

Fermanagh is a predominately rural region with its geography dominated by two lakes: Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne. Agriculture and tourism are some of the most important industries in Fermanagh.

It is a popular holiday destination for cruising and other water based holidays. The 70 km of lakes known as Lough Erne are now linked to the Shannon system in the Irish Republic via the Shannon-Erne Waterway Canal, making the entire system the longest navigable inland waterway in Europe. Other visitor attractions include the Marble Arch Caves, and the Belleek Pottery.

The main town of Fermanagh is Enniskillen. The island town hosts a range of attractions including Enniskillen castle which is home to the museum of The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

See Also: Lisnaskea

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