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.
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.
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.