Lough Erne Cruise to Lusty Beg Island (2018)

Well would you believe it? it has taken three attempts before we managed to

Rainbow over Enniskillen moorings
Rainbow over Enniskillen moorings

 

cruise to Lusty Beg Island on lovely Lough Erne. You see Marion isn’t a lover of waves. In fact even small waves upset her enormously.  So I have learned not to plead with her and for the sake of piece on board I have learned to just give in to her. This has led to a happier boat and more gentle cruising.

 

Castle Caldwell on Lough Erne

And so it was that we struggled to make the crossing to Lusty Beg Island and when we did finally manage to get there it was on the calmest day you will ever witness. I say that cos you will, I hope join us by way of the video below.

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Lough Erne Cruise

A Lough Erne cruise that has all four seasons in one cruise up the lake. We start out south of Enniskillen on upper Lough Erne then head north passing the dominating Enniskillen Castle that over looks the river right in the heart of Enniskillen town. The weather is a mixed bag and our mission is to try to get to the restaurant island of Lusty Beg. Do we make it? Well you will just have to wait to see the answer to that one.

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Crom Castle Estate adventure on Lough Erne

Crom Castle and the whole Crom estate is well known as a wonderful recreational facility. Providing facilities for boaters as well as campers, Crom Castle also have pods as well as apartments to rent. The whole thing lends itself well to a good relaxing holiday experience. We headed out from Belturbet with Marion still suffering from a bad cold and you’ll notice her voice on the video is somewhat husky!

Given that the summer of 2018 has been one of the best on record it comes as no surprise that we enjoy more lovely sunshine on this trip. Crom castle and estate has been compared with Lough Key forest park and it’s a fair comparison too.

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A visit to the White island stone figures and RAF Castle Archdale on Lough Erne

White Island should be on the top of you boating bucket list, it’s a marvel to see. Close by is the old RAF base of Castle Archdale. During the second world war Catalina and Sunderland seaplanes set out from this Lough Erne base through the Donegal Corridor and on out into the Atlantic where they hunted down German U-Boats.

Catalina & Sunderland service dock in Castlearchdale on Lough Erne
Catalina & Sunderland service dock in Castle Archdale on Lough Erne

From the pics opposite you can see how the aircraft would have fitted into the service dock like a hand fitting into a glove.

We also take a look at Boa Island and the Janus figure. This was an ancient Celtic idol. It is a two sided figure with a male and female face standing back to back. Now getting to Boa Island on lough Erne by boat is a little difficult because there is no landing jetty in the island. We were lucky enough to be able to arrange a lift from nearby Castle Archdale. Boa Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge.

Catelina & Sunderland service dock Castle Archdale
In the background you can see some of the caravans from Castle Archdale caravan park.

In the pics opposite you can see the clear out line of the aircraft that would have moored here to get repairs or general maintenance work done.

There is also a barge anchored just to the left of the service docks.  It’s a pity about the algae bloom in the water at the time. The westerly wind blew a lot of the algae into this bay which just added to it.

As far as we are aware this is the only remaining

RAF Castle Archdale Catelina & Sunderland service dock
RAF Castle Archdale Catelina & Sunderland service dock

example of such a dock in Europe. In the video we  inadvertently referred to the refuelling jetty as the last one but this is the one we should have referred to. Hope you enjoy the video.

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When things go wrong on Lough Erne

Join us on a cruise across Lough Erne the broad lough all the way to Belleek. See what happens when things go wrong and how helpful we found people to be and of course how we got out of trouble on the lake. We negotiate changeable weather on Lough Erne and enjoy a cruise on an overcast day across lower Lough Erne (also called The Broad Lough) and safely into a superb mooring in the Town of Belleek. It’s here that we confirm our suspicions, that the alternator isn’t charging our domestic batteries. Now our fridge runs off these same batteries and without them getting a charge we run the onerous risk of drinking warm beer. A fate I would not like to face.

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Discover the Erne System and visit to The Ulster Canal and Belturbet.

Well the Shannon Erne Waterway has been great but now we are on Lough Erne and what a great waterway the Erne system is. It’s correct to call it the Erne System because it’s way more than just two lakes. Once we cruised onto the Erne we headed towards Belturbet.

The sun was out we were captivated by the beautiful scenery, or at least that’s my excuse. See we missed a marker and very nearly ran aground. And the gas thing is that this all happened as I’m recalling a story to Marion about the last time we passed this way and how we missed the very same marker then too. Still we managed to avoid disaster and got back on course before we touched the bottom.

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