Tully Castle

Tully Castle nestled on the shores of Lower Lough Erne is the impressive remains of a fortified house and bawn built during the plantation era in the early 17th Century. The site contains a walking route taking in the grandeur of the castle, passes a traditional Irish cottage which houses an interactive exhibition before skirting the loughshore.

Facilities: coach and car parking, toilets, interactive exhibition, interpretation, boat jetty, picnic area and the Tully Castle Walk.

Getting Here

Tully Castle

  • Main Car Park
  • Lough Shore Road
  • Church Hill
  • Fermanagh
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT93 6HP
  • Main Car Park
  • Lough Shore Road
  • Church Hill
  • Fermanagh
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT93 6HP
  • 54.4577812, -7.8054589

Tully Castle Walk

  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Grade: Easy
  • Terrain: Mostly forest track
  • Route: Circular
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Dogs: Dogs must be kept under control and waste disposed of

This charming walk takes in the castle grounds with commanding views of the castle ruins and the surrounding countryside.

The walk continues into a mixed woodland area before breaking out into views across Lough Erne; Heron Island, Gay Island and Inishmakill Island can all be seen directly opposite the shoreline. These islands and surrounding shore are important for a variety of wild birds.

Tully Castle Walk   Map

Heritage

The castle was built for a Scottish planter, named John Hume. The story goes that during the Irish Rebellion of 1641, Rory Maguire, (a young man whose family had formerly owned the land Tully Castle is built on) set out to reclaim what was rightfully his.

It’s said that when he arrived at the castle, on a cold Christmas Eve night, along with an army to help him, he was greeted by a castle full of women and children. Because of the lack of male strength to ward off the mob, Lady Mary Hume is said to have surrendered to Rory, giving him the castle as a means to protect the people within her care. However, she was met with a dreadful fate, as the Maguires instead of taking the castle in good faith, decided to burn it to the ground, causing serious injury to those inside. After this, the home was never restored, and therefore never lived in again.

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