Castle Archdale Boat Hire and Watersports

Published on: 30/08/23

Let’s Go Outers love exploring the whole of the UK, and that definitely includes Northern Ireland. So to make the most of mellow September days, we’re heading to Castle Archdale Country Park, located just 20 minutes from Enniskillen in County Fermanagh. On the shores of Lough Erne, its 230 acres boast beautiful woodland and lough shore walks, an insect and butterfly garden, wildflower meadow and deer enclosure.

Great for walking and cycling, with over 30km of forest trails including various waymarked trails. Head along the secluded enclosure of the forest, hugging the shore of Lower Lough Erne to take in stunning panoramic views across to Davy’s Island, White Island and further across Lower Lough Erne.

Castle Archdale

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Not just a country park, Castle Archdale incorporates a range of other facilities for the visitor including a marina, day boat hire, watersports, White Island Ferry Service, bike and fishing rod hire, and a caravan and camp site with Play Park. The visitor centre and countryside hub host a variety of exhibitions about the flora, fauna and history of the area, including its fascinating past as the main flying boat base during WWII. It also hosts a courtyard café with all the tempting delicacies you could hope for.

But we don’t want to stop there! To maximise this wonderful location (and earn your cake!), we’re heading for Castle Archdale Boat Hire & Water Sports, a fantastic activity centre offering a wide range of activities to suit all the family, including boat hire, hydrobikes, kayak hire, water cycle hire, White Island tour, and many more.

Catering to individuals, families, and groups of all ages, their friendly, experienced staff, services and facilities are designed to ensure that your time there is both exciting and enjoyable. With so much on offer, we’re going to dive straight in!

Paddleboard, Kayak, Canoe and Katakanu Hire

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Hire a stand-up paddleboard, sit-on-top kayak or Canadian canoe and paddle in the sheltered waters of the marina, or explore the local islands around Castle Archdale. Katakanu are suitable for up to 6 persons, offering the opportunity for group or family adventures. They are very stable, making it great fun for everyone. Buoyancy aids are provided for all activities.

Hydrobike Hire

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Take cycling off the road and onto the safety of the water on the very first hydrobikes in Ireland! Hydrobikes provide a gentle, low-impact aerobic total body workout; all depending on how fast you pedal. Take a hydrobike out for a leisurely ride, a fast cardio workout, photography session, or fishing. A fun, easy, safe, and unsinkable way to experience water sports, hydrobikes are suitable for adventurers aged 8 to 80. With carry compartments and drink holders, they’re even super dog friendly, so your furry friend can join in the fun. Or take advantage of their integrated lights to head out after dark for a new and unique water experience, seeing Enniskillen’s waterfront from a completely different perspective.

Boat Hire

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Come sail for a day! Hiring a day boat is the perfect way to explore all that the forty mile-long and five mile-wide Lough Erne has to offer. No previous experience or special licenses are required to hire boats. Full instruction is given and buoyancy aids, navigation charts, and fuel are included in the price. Choose from two styles of boat: 10 horsepower 17ft Orkney 440 and 520 Day Boats, suitable for up to 6 persons, or the spacious 20 horsepower 19ft Orkney 590 Day Boat, suitable for up to 8 persons.

White Island Guided Hydrobike Tour

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Join the craic and hop on the new, unique guided Hydrobike Tour to White Island, where your guide Joe will provide you with a unique history of the Lough and Island. Lasting 1.5-2 hours, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island, including its ancient church ruins with their enigmatic and world-famous eight figures, carved between 800 and 1000 A.D. On this tour you’ll learn history and facts, hear some tall tales, and have lots of laughs and fun.

Bike Hire

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Mountain biking is the perfect way to take in the breathtaking woodland landscape and explore the shores of Lough Erne, using the Lough side paths at Castle Archdale. Mountain bikes are available in all sizes, plus bicycles fitted with stabilizers and buggies which tow behind the bicycle are also available for small children.

Pedal Buggy Hire

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Sticking to dry land is no less exiting, with pedal-powered buggy hire! Four-seater family buggies provide unforgettable family moments as you head off around the Castle Archdale forest trails and shores of Lough Erne for a fun and scenic adventure. The two back seats each have their own pair of pedals, and the child seats at the front have seat belts to ensure younger guests are secured!

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