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Belle Isle Castle & Private Island, Cathcart's Lodge

Belle Isle Castle & Private Island, Cathcart's Lodge

Situated on the northern tip of Upper Lough Erne, Belle Isle is a 470-acre estate spread over eight picturesque island and offers a wide range of attractive self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.

Cathcart's Lodge, self-catering accommodation at Belle Isle/
Kitchen in Cathcart's Lodge at Belle Isle/
Living room with feature log burner at Cathcart's Lodge in Belle Isle/
Bedroom with double and single bed at Cathcart's Lodge in Belle Isle/
En-suite bedroom with double and single bed at Cathcart's Lodge, Belle Isle/

Cathcart’s Lodge in Fermanagh has a spectacular view of Lough Erne and is popular with anglers. There is excellent coarse fishing for bream, roach, hybrids and some very big pike. Spring fishes well for the migrating bream and roach shoals. Good bank fishing and boats can be hired which allow access to a huge choice of private swims. Fishing licence/permits are sold on site at Belle Isle.

The bungalow has sitting room, kitchen and dining area. There are two bedrooms each with one double and one single bed and en-suite bathroom. There is a bait fridge, drying machine, picnic table and barbecue. Pets are not allowed.

Perfect location for quality accommodation and privacy on this private estate. Good access with boat hire to relatively unfished swims with good banks particularly on isolated islands. Pre baiting with stewed wheat essential. Draws big shoals in from a wide area. Potential for massive bream catches but ideal depths will depend on season/weather. Baz Smith tested one spot feeding and fishing into 25 feet at 30 yards.. not a bite !! He moved about 20 yards up the bank, casting into 12 feet of depth and had a fish a cast.!! Amazing. Get the depth right and the particle, the place is full of fish.

Belle Isle offers some of the best boat and bank angling in Europe. Catches of 200 pounds of bream are common, roach can be caught every cast, and one party of four reeled in more than 70 pike in less than two days, with the biggest nearly 30 pounds. Belle Isle guests enjoy a combination of river-style, small, and large lough fishing at their doorstep. There’s also a great deal of bank available for static bait fishing or wandering with a spinning rod. Pike come readily to all techniques: fly, jerk baits, lures, and traditional methods. This is tremendous ‘doubles’ water. A two-minute walk puts you in legendary bream swims that can be exclusively reserved. Bream here aren’t shy, so there’s no need to fish lightly. Feeder fishing is the most successful method, along with float fishing, which can be great fun once the fish have moved into the swims. With so many bream, the action can be fast and furious.

"Belle Isle is a perfect location for exploring the pike fishing potential on the Lakelands. My view is it’s a Pike Heaven. A wide range of fish sizes from small jacks right through the weight system to who knows what. Without any doubt, there are 40 pounders to be caught and released. As a lifelong Pike expert I look upon the Lough Erne System as a great adventure, such a vast expanse of water perfectly suited to Pike, every day is an adventure, you never know what size of Pike you might hook next. I look forward with relish to my next trip to this scenic Pike fishing wonderland."
Gord Burton, Professional Predator Angler (the Piking Pirate)

"Roach and hybrids are prolific around the bridges on the River Erne where it flows out of the Lakelands. They seem to like the oxygenated water! However there are numerous bays and islands to explore, and a boat hired from Belle Isle provides access to some exclusive coarse fishing. Gord Burton, legendary Pike Angler, pointed out a number of vast shoals of coarse fish he spotted on his echo sounder and we pre-baited a swim of 22 feet in depth for top coarse/match angler Baz Smith. Following his instructions, we pre-baited with stewed wheat for 2 days. Baz arrived at the swim full of excitement on a really warm overcast day with rising water temperatures. He fished for 90 minutes without a bite. Being the expert he is, Baz decided to move about 30 yards up the lakeshore where the depth shallowed off to 15ft. Feeding steadily he proceeded to catch quality roach, hybrids and bream for the rest of the day. Obviously in warm weather these coarse fish preferred shallower water. We learned our lesson, next time we would pre-bait different depth swims as a precaution. Fish will only feed where conditions suit them. The difference between catching and not was purely down to depth".
Martin J Founds

Self Catering plus the option to purchase a meal package of Breakfast or Dinner and Breakfast at special prices. Meals to be taken at the Bistro Restaurant (fully licensed) on the Estate and close to all accommodations. 


LOW SEASON - Ferry & 7 nights self-catering

Car and 6 - £261 per person; Car and 4 - £364 per person

Supplements apply to high cars and vans

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