Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas.Wild deer, pine marten (who are a member of the weasel family) and many rare species including butterflies can all be found on the estate. Also inhabiting the surrounding area are all eight species of native bats and an outstanding array of rare lichens. The 2,000 acre demesne contains ancient woodland, tranquil islands, estate cottages and Old Crom Castle, all linked by the breathtakingly beautiful landscape designed by W.S.Gilpin in the 19th century. Enjoy an inspirational walk through the woodland and along the nature trails, where you can also enjoy spectacular views along the Kingfisher Cycle Trail.If you are enjoying a boating holiday along the Shannon-Erne Waterway there is even a jetty for boats to stop at. For the fishing enthusiasts there is an opportunity to partake in coarse angling and pike fishing. On the estate itself there are historic buildings, holiday cottages and a campsite, children’s play area and wildlife exhibition.
Love them or hate them, there is no getting away from the fact that the National Trust do a fantastic job when it comes to preserving Britains past for tomorrow’s future. This couldn’t be any more true that here in Northern Ireland. Here at the Crom Estate in Co. Fermanagh, that previous statement comes to life. Since the estate was bequeathed to the trust back in 1987, they have done an amazing job of bringing the house etc back to life and all this good work isn’t just limited to this estate, but that of Florence Court and the Castle Coole Estates also. I had a great time exploring all of these sites and one thing I can promise, is that the staff at all three sites will make sure your visit is just as rewarding! All in all, no visit to Northern Ireland is complete without visiting at least one, if not them all!