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Posted on August 10, 2011 @ 3:55 PM in Adventure does family adventure in Fermanagh is the latest in our regular blog feature ‘ does…’ which is our opportunity to showcase the exciting outdoor activities available in Northern Ireland.

Although the OutdoorNI office is one big happy family we are not yet suitably kidded up to rate family adventure holidays.  So we caught up with the an adventurous family from Belfast who had just returned from a Family Adventure Package at Corralea Activity Centre on the shores of Lough MacNean in County Fermanagh.

Joanne and Michael with 12 & 13 year olds Jack and Molly stayed in Corralea Activity Centre’s 3 star self catering cottages and revelled in the abundance of exciting activities on offer.

“The kids were really keen to have an activity holiday this summer.  They’ve been to a few activity centres with their school and have been bitten by the bug” explained Joanne.

The package included a half day of activities each day.  “We are an active family and do a bit of mountain biking from time to time but this holiday brought us to a whole new level.  The patience and welcoming nature of the instructors and the standard of the equipment made things really easy.” enthused Joanne. 

The highlight of the week was the waterpark which is the only one of its kind in Ireland.  This floating obstacle course including a trampoline and see-saw proved a real hit with the kids.  “The kids just loved the challenge of trying to complete the assault course but not as much as they enjoyed soaking us – it was a great laugh.” joked Joanne.  One session on the water park wasn’t enough for Jack and Molly, they returned again to do battle with the sea-saw whilst their parents relaxed with the papers and a coffee.

Jack also took on Corralea Activity Centre’s newly installed mountain bike and pump track.  “Brian, the instructor was really patient with Jack and really developed his skills and confidence on the bike.  Michael and I made great use of the chicken runs” stated Joanne.

Fermanagh locals often coin the phrase about the rainy weather stating that for half the year the lakes are in Fermanagh and for the other half Fermanagh is in the lakes but Joanne and co were certainly a family for all seasons. “For the first half of the week we had Mediterranean conditions and after that it dulled down a bit.  Not that it mattered, with the wetsuits on, their was no stopping us.”

Already planning their next weekend break at Corralea Activity Centre, Joanne and family are set for plenty more shared adventures in the near future.

Check out’s Kids & Family Section for more family adventures in Northern Ireland.   

Activity Provider:

Corralea Activity Centre Ltd.
Upper Lough MacNean
BT93 5DZ
+44 (0)28 6638 6123


£742 for family (max. 5) in Corralea Cottage

£1061 for family (max.6) in Pinetree cottage

You save up to £155 (in both cases) on prices of accommodation and activities priced individually.

Normal booking conditions apply.  Subject to availability.



Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

2 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Wiseman on August 25, 2011 @ 11:58 PM

Now I feel stupid. That's celaerd it up for me

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