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Castle Archdale – Rossigh

This ½ day paddle explores the highlights of Lower Lough Erne. Take in modern history at Castle Archdale’s World War Two Sea Plane Base and ancient history on White Island with its 13th century church and seven enigmatic stone figures.

County
Fermanagh
Distance
5 (8.25 Kms)
Days
½
Nearest Town
Kesh
Route Shape
Linear
Grade
Flat Water
OS Map
Lough Erne Activity Map
Access Point
Castle Archdale Country Park - GR H173589
Egress Point
Rossigh - GR H179556

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Points of Interest

Castle Archdale Forest Park, World War Two Sea Plane base, White Island

Itinerary

This itinerary has been compiled using an estimated paddling speed of 2.5 miles (4 kilometres) per hour and also allowing time for lunch breaks and the many photo opportunities along the way.  Please check forecast and in particular wind strength and direction before departing.


Launch from the slipway or jetties at the marina in Castle Archdale Country Park.  Entrance is free to NIEA Country Parks.


Paddle out through the sheltered marina turning northwards after the white cairn.  The lough can get very rough here, especially in a strong westerly breeze so please be sure to check the weather forecast in advance. Follow the shoreline eastwards, passing between Davy’s Island and the mainland.  Here you will be following in the wake of many World War 2 sea planes.  During the 1939-1945 war, Castle Archdale was a Coastal Command base for Catalina and Sunderland flying boats.  On your right you will see remains of the refuelling jetties and service area.


Turn north towards White Island and land at its jetty on the south east corner.  White
Island is home to the ruins of a 13th Century Church and seven enigmatic stone figures
that look pagan in origin but date to the 9th or 10th century.


Following your exploration of White Island turn south past your start point and hug the eastern shore and enjoy a relaxing paddle on your way to Rossigh.  The entrance to Rossigh is marked by a series of red and white navigation marks. 

Getting to the Start

Directions from Belfast 90 miles (144 kms)
Take the M1 which turns into the A4 near Dungannon.  Follow sign along the A4 to Enniskillen. From Enniskillen follow the A32 – signs for Omagh. After two miles, turn left at the roundabout onto the B82 following signs for Kesh.  You will see sign posts for Castle Archdale Country Park as you approach Lisnarick. Once in the park follow signs to the marina.


Directions from Dublin  113 miles (180kms)
From the M50 take the N3 at junction 6 for Cavan, Blanchardstown, Castleknock. Follow the N3 then A509 to Enniskillen.  On arrival at Enniskillen follow sign for Omagh. After two miles turn left at the roundabout onto the B82 following signs for Kesh.  You will see sign posts for Castle Archdale Country Park as you approach Lisnarick. Once in the park follow signs to the marina.


Shuttle
The shuttle is 4 miles (8 miles return). Rossigh Bay is a few miles south of Castle Archdale on the road to Enniskillen.  It is brown signposted from the main road.  Car parking is available at both venues, however no overnight parking is permitted at Rossigh. 


 

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