Thursday Doors – Castle Archdale Part 2

In part two of Thursday Doors – Castle Archdale we’ll have a look at what else there is to enjoy around the estate. This first image is of the old stables and coach houses, where there is a display of old farm machinery and equipment.

There’s a lovely campsite on the grounds with touring and static caravans on site. While we were there two limousines arrived carrying a hen party.

In the background you can see the bar, restaurant, take-away and shop complex. The fried chicken was delicious.

Very nice campsite laundry facilities.

After a very tasty al fresco lunch at one of the many socially distanced picnic tables, we set off to stretch our legs.

Following the path along the river we saw lots of activity on the water. It’s a great place for anyone who loves water sports and you can hire out kayaks etc.

The pathway led to Lough Erne and a beautiful view.

WW2 beacon on the lake shore.

Standing near the white beacon, overlooking the lake, is a war graves memorial to the crew of a Catalina flying boat which crashed in that location on 7th May 1941. A survey of the area on 8th April 2019 by Marine and Fisheries Division staff, using a side scan sonar, confirmed the identification of the Catalina aircraft lying approximately 45 metres under the water. It’s quite possible the crew’s remains are still there, so the site is protected.

I’m sure I’ll be featuring more Thursday Doors from Castle Archdale in the future, as I only saw half of what’s there, but you can find links to lots of interesting places over on Norm’s blog.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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21 Responses to Thursday Doors – Castle Archdale Part 2

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I like the laundry building. I really like it when the outside trim/structure mirrors or telegraphs the actual structure.

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  2. What a lovely place and those stables must have been pretty posh!


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  3. Teresa says:

    Wonderful place, Jean and that lake is just marvelous.

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful arch within the arch gate. Very different.

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  5. Norm 2.0 says:

    I’m very fond of the metal gate in the 2nd image. This looks like quite an interesting place to visit and I wouldn’t mind being out on the water with those kayakers too.

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  6. DrJunieper says:

    Thank you for your comment back, Jean! Wonder why it did not appear in my comments (only on the bell on top….) How are you doing by the way? It seems you are able to travel. Any restrictions where you live?

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    • At first each county was at a different level of restriction but now the whole country has been put on level three (there are five levels altogether). This means we cannot leave the county we live in unless for work and necessary journeys. Hospitalisations and deaths are very low, thankfully but the government is basing restrictions on positive PCR tests. I’m not sure this is sustainable as many jobs are being lost and the country is getting into debt again, having barely recovered from the last recession. Suicides are extremely high and there are long delays in healthcare for diagnosis and treatment of serious illnesses. Being an introvert and not a crowd lover the situation isn’t too stressful for me right now but I am missing my grandchildren a lot. How is it with you?


      • DrJunieper says:

        Thank you for giving me a good view of the situation.The mental health side is what the people in favor of the lockdown couldn’t see, and I was afraid of this going on way too long. Would not be surprised if the addictions and suicide are worse in Europe, because so many live in an apartment, not having a place outside to relax and enjoy. Feel for the economy – have they made a decision on Brexit yet? Haven’t kept up to day with things going on in Eur. politically since the summer. Sorry you cannot see your grand children. Mine are 26 hours dive away in California. A different reason, but the same feeling here. Of course haven’t seen our son in Holland for 2 years now either, but at least we can Skype. .

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        • I stopped following what was happening with Brexit as there are so many changes and debates going on with it. Your grandchildren live so far away, I won’t complain about a three hour drive again. I’m so grateful to have a garden especially in a lockdown. Can’t imagine what it must be like be stuck in an apartment.


          • DrJunieper says:

            And this recent storm of the virus makes it even harder to decide if Brexit is a viable option or not. (Since I live in America, I don’t view it anymore as a European. I think that the EU is arrogant, behind the times, and dictatorial in their the decisions (besides the fact that they have royally taken advantage of the USA -the mocking smiles at Turmp’s first speech was very revealing:( I know, they’re not smiling anymore, but I lost my faith in the European reach “for the good of the country/countries) )

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  7. Jennie says:

    Wonderful, Jean. The war grave is quite moving.

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