Erne Water Taxi

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See, learn, taste and touch more of Lough Erne as you become immersed in the spectacular Lakeland landscape as your sit back in one of Erne Water Taxi's chauffeur driven boats.

One of Fermanagh's most popular tourist attractions, the Erne Water Taxi experience is available via a public tour or private hire.

The best way to really see the Fermanagh Lakelands is from the water, and if your boat is skippered by Barry Flanagan, you'll see and hear so much more – from tales of island life, to the distinctive call of a moorhen.

If you opt for a private hire option there is no set itinerary and countless possibilities. Starting from Enniskillen, Ireland’s only island town, Barry will choose your route, based on his knowledge of Lough Erne’s changing currents, seasons and movements of wildlife.

As you travel, he will show you secretive creatures such as kingfishers, and intrigue you with poignant stories of the now largely uninhabited islands, from the Bronze Age to the 1980s.

For centuries, these islands were home to thriving communities making a living through farming and fishing; at the turn of the 20th century, there were around 500 residents.

Approaching one of the islands, Barry turns off the boat engine so you can hear… nothing but silence. You’ll see other landmasses, however, where there are still plenty of inhabitants: sheep, pigs and cows which have been transported here by ferry and look pretty happy to be roaming around on their very own island.

On Devenish Island, meanwhile, you can experience the peace of the sixth century monastery and see the ruins of notable churches. For many people, this is a spiritual moment. For others, it’s simply a fascinating slice of history, or a chance to savour the tranquillity.

Like your time on Lough Erne, it all seems far removed from the pace of the everyday modern world. “From Enniskillen, in 15 or 20 minutes you can feel like you have gone back in time,” says Barry. “You’re looking at landscape that hasn’t changed.”

Pick up and drop off can be arranged from any accessible jetty on the Lough, including our own jetty at Lough Erne Resort. Erne Water Taxi also offers a range of tours of Lough Erne from the 1.5 hour 'Lough Erne Hop' to a 3 hour 'Food Trail' and even a full day 'Lough Erne Expedition'.


The Island Discovery pontoon boat is the first of its kind on the Island of Ireland and it has already been turning heads.

Island Discovery is a 4 pod boat offering seating & tables for up to 12 passengers. This unique boat provides breathtaking panoramic views of Lough Erne and its shore line wowing visitors, young and old, during the public Island Town tours.

Fully electric this passenger boat holds 12 people and is available to hire also as a unique floating venue. It is suitable for a wide range of boat events including birthdays, anniversaries, office parties, sightseeing cruises, corporate charters and weddings. Cruise along the Erne taking in the sights and sounds of our beautiful Island town. The boat boasts a sundeck for a breath of fresh air and some sunshine. You can even bring a drink or two.

Services are available from March - October during daylight hours.

Distance from Hotel: 0 Miles (pickup can be arranged from the jetty at the resort)

Location: All over Fermanagh