Beal Tairbeirt (The Ford of the Surrender)

Pop. 1,228.

A market town on the east bank of the River Erne, midway between the waters of Lough Oughter and Upper Lough Erne, Belturbet is an ideal coarse fishing centre. A two-hour river cruise is available during summer months.

Around Belturbet

The site of an abbey founded by St Colmcille is at Drumlane, 4 miles (6 km) to the south via the village of Milltown. The ruins, beautifully situated between Drumlane Lake and Derrybrick Lake, are of a fourteenth-century church and a round tower 45 feet high. On the Annalee River, 9 miles (14 km) south-east of Belturbet, is the pretty village of Ballyhaise, where there is an agricultural college. Canning, the English statesman, spent his early years here. There is good trout fishing on the Annalee.

Seven miles (11 km) west of Belturbet near the Fermanagh border is a well-known coarse fishing centre, Ballyconnell. According to tradition, it is named after Conal Cearnach, a first-century hero of the Red Branch Knights, who was killed here by the men of Connacht in revenge for the slaying of their king. Above the village rises Slieve Russell (1,331 feet), providing extensive views.

Work is in progress to open the canal between Ballyconnell and Ballinamore, the Shannon and Erne will be again inter-navigable, providing the longest navigable waterway in Europe.

Nine miles (14 km) north-west of Ballyconnell, between Slieve Russell and Cuilcagh Mountain, is the village of Swanlinbar, once famous for its mineral springs. The only road connecting the north-western extremity of County Cavan with the rest of the county climbs steeply up to 1,100 feet in Bellavally Gap between Cuilcagh Mountain (2,188 feet) and Benbrack (1,652 feet). On the western side of the gap is Glangevlin, a wild glen hemmed around by mountains. Here, on the western slope of Cuilcagh Mountain, the River Shannon has its source - known as the ‘Shannon Pot’. The mountains of this range provide interesting climbing and ridge walking.

North of Glangevlin in the county border takes in part of Upper Lough Macnean, which County Cavan shares with Counties Leitrim and Fermanagh. Lower Lough Macnean, about a mile (2 km) further east, is in County Fermanagh except for a small area near the village of Blacklion.

 Activities in Belturbet

Bike Rental
Bicycle Hire Padraig Fitzpatrick Cycles
Bicycle Hire On Yer Bike Tours

Coarse Angling
Oliver International Fishing Centre
Coarse Angling Belturbet

Game Fishing
Angling Belturbet

Golf Courses
Belturbet Golf Club

Pleasure Cruising
Erne Dawn Turbot Tours Limited


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