Walking

Walking trail

Crom wildlife walk

Walking trail

Discover a tranquil landscape of islands, woodland and historic ruins. Crom is one of the UKs most important nature reserves.

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Map

Map route for Crom wildlife walk

Start:

Visitor centre, OSNI grid ref: H332244

1

Start at the visitor centre to discover more about the wildlife at Crom. It's in an old stone estate yard overlooking Upper Lough Erne. Its barns are a roosting site for bats, with seven different species inhabiting this area. Look at the walls to see the little holes that act as their doorways. Turn left as you leave the yard and walk along the old carriageway towards Crom Castle for a short while before turning left again through a gate into the parkland.

2

Follow the path to the Old Castle. Here you'll encounter one of the oldest yew trees in Ireland. Estimates of its age vary between 400 and 1,000 years. Be careful not to stand on its roots as they're quite delicate.

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3

Continue along the loughside, past a pretty boathouse, before crossing the White Bridge onto Inisherk Island.

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4

Make a little loop of the island, passing a walled garden.

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5

Cross back over the bridge and turn left, taking a path through trees with Upper Lough Erne on your left and the grounds of Crom Castle to your right.

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6

Reach the castle's main drive and continue walking until a path breaks off to your right near the small inland Lough Nalughoge.

7

Continue on to return to the Visitor Centre and Carpark.

End:

Visitor centre, OSNI grid ref: H332244

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Crom wildlife walk

Terrain

The grounds are partly accessible to wheelchair users. The grass and woodland pathways are free of slopes with reasonably smooth and level surfaces, but can be muddy.

There are other waymarked paths offering shorter walks.

Crom wildlife walk

Contact us

Telephone: 028 6773 8118

Email: crom@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/crom/

Crom wildlife walk

How to get here

Address
Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, BT92 8AP
By road

3 miles (4.8km) west of Newtownbutler on Newtownbutler to Crom road or follow signs from Lisnaskea, 7 miles (11.3km). Crom is next to Shannon-Erne waterway. For sat navs: BT92 8AP.

By ferry

Ferry from Derrymore church (book 24 hours in advance),

By bus

Ulsterbus 95, Enniskillen to Clones (connections from Belfast), alight Newtownbutler, 3 miles (4.8km).

By bicycle

2 miles (3.2km) of National Cycle Network Route 91 (the Kingfisher Trail), runs through the property.

Crom wildlife walk

Facilities and access

  • Afternoon tea, toilets and gift shop available in the visitor centre