Castle Saunderson is a castle and park situated only 4kms from Clonandra Cottages. It was the former family seat of the Saunderson family, and is now in ruins. The development of the Castle Trail has seen the original walkways around the castle reinstated, and charts the history of the Saundersons, one of the most significant Anglo-Irish families, and in particular Colonel Edward Saunderson, known as the ‘Hero of the Loyalists’ and the founder of modern Irish Unionism.
Crom Castle Estate
Crom estate is situated 13kms from Clonandra cottages in County Fermanagh. The Old Castle at Crom was built in the early 17th-century by a Scottish planter, Michael Balfour. The Castle and the Estate passed to the Crichton family in 1655 when Abraham Crichton married the daughter of the previous tenant, the Bishop of Clogher. The castle survived two sieges by the Jacobites in 1689, but accidentally burnt down in 1764. According to a tradition, the fire took place when Abraham Crichton was returning in his boat from a housewarming party at Florence Court. Crichton saw a worrying glow in the sky to the south, and returned home to find his castle gutted. In the 19th-century, additional walls and towers were added to the ruins of the Old Castle for romantic effect. Today, the Old Castle ruins are a secluded monument.
Turbet Island Looped Walk
Located only 9kms from the cottages is the small town of Belturbet. Famous for its position along the River Erne, its also boasts a lovely nature walk. It features a quiet, nature filled, fully accessible walking trail, along the river Erne, which runs from the parking lot at Kilconny bridge past the Anglo Norman remnants of the Motte and Bailey, on up to the Railway Bridge (a remnant of The Great Northern Railway) and either back again to the parking lot or on into town if you are following “The Belturbet Heritage Walking Trail” .
Cavan Adventure Centre
Cavan Adventure Centre supplies numerous land and water based activities suitable for all ages – from team building activities, school tours, summer camps and specialised tours. Experience action packed adventure in one of Ireland’s most spectacular landscapes. From various naturally beautiful kayak and bike trails to a splashtastic water park, Cavan Adventure Centre is the beating heart of unforgettable outdoor fun.
Killykeen Forest Park
Killykeen Forest Park is located in a very scenic area of Co Cavan. It lies on the shores of Lough Oughter which is part of the River Erne system. The forest park consists of approx 240 hectares. The predominant species are Norway and Sitka Spruce with a considerable amount of mixed woodland including Ash, Oak and Beech. Lough Oughter is renowned for course fishing with the main species of fish being pike, bream and perch. There are four signposted walks, and a family cycle trail in Killykeen Forest Park.
Farnham Estate Forest walks
Farnham estate was once home to Lord and Lady Farnham and is now home to The Farnham Estate Hotel and Golf resort. Situated on the grounds of the hotel are beautiful woodland walks where nature abounds. The walks range in length from 1km to 3kms and walking boots are advised during the winter months.