Navar Forest Park on the southern shore of Lower Lough Erne, is somewhere I’ve been meaning to visit for a while, having heard that Magho viewing point is one of the best views in Ireland. The Park has a circular, one-way drive, and soon after starting out on it we came across the less well known Aghameelan Viewpoint. We were greeted with beautiful views here over west Fermanagh, and given that this was not the main attraction in the park, it promised great things for the rest.
Looking towards Carrick Lough and Belmore Mountain.
Looking towards Derrygonnelly and Topped Mountain.
Looking towards Lough Bunnahone.
Back to the car, and we continued the drive to Magho Viewing Point. There was a car park right at this spot, and staight away the view took our breath away. Here, we were high above Lough Erne with expansive views in three directions; west to Belleek then the Atlantic, north to the far shore of the lough and beyond to Bressy Hill and further still, the Bluestack Mountains, and east to Castle Archdale.
We stayed here for quite a while, also taking in the short walk to the west, before reluctantly tearing ourselves away. A short drive from here, took us to a forestry track that we then walked up to the summit of Legg, a hill offering a different perspective on the views. The forest itself on the short walk up, was full of interesting shapes and patterns.
At the summit of Legg, there were precipitous drops to the north on to the forest below, and more views over the lough and landscape beyond.
Finally leaving the forest park, there was time for one last stop for a shot of the Old Man’s Head rock.
Highly recommended spot.