Crehan Island

Great Britain | Europe: Atlantic

Crehan Island is very convenient to both Derryad and Geaglum Quays, Lisnaskea marina and boat club facilities, while the busy market town of Lisnaskea, with its schools, churches, medical clinic, a large variety of exciting independent shops, traditional pubs, friendly restaurants and leisure facilities are all within a 15 minutes drive. The island town of Enniskillen is less than 45 minutes by road via the A4 with Belfast (NI) and Dublin (Irl) international ferries and airports (easily accessible within a 2 – 2 ½ hour road trip), travelling North or South on Ireland’s safe and modern road networks. A helipad located at the award-winning “Watermill” French restaurant at Kilmore Quay is close by while the former World War II St Angelo/Enniskillen airport is also very convenient to Derryad Quay and Crehan Island. Unfortunately there is no building permit available for this island.

Crehan is a six acre island with many mature oaks, scotch pine and beech trees along the North West elevated shoreline, within which a well-screened general purpose wood cabin is located ideal for storage or camping.Within a sheltered bay on the Southeast shore, you’ll find a solid private wooden jetty,providing a safe harbour for both a smaller sailing craft and also a sheltered berth for a motor cruiser of up to 12 meters in length.

During the summer months with lower water levels the adjoining larger 100-acre island of Dernish can be reached via a boundary gate leading along a stone causeway. Dernish’s lush sweet pastures are also home to the well-known Kettyle herd of pedigree beef cattle, a produce highly prized and savoured throughout many award-winning restaurants in Ireland, France, Germany and farther afield. Both Crehan and Dernish Islands are part of the wider Upper Erne SPA designated region.

Crehan Island is a birdwatchers and nature lovers paradise with many species of birds, mammals and insects living on or visiting the area throughout the four seasons of the year. The island, together with neighbouring Dernish has been awarded ASSI status. The Owners work closely with the RSPB, Woodland Trust, Fermanagh Red Squirrel Group and NIEA in order to protect and manage this special place, whilst at the same time benefiting from their support and encouragement in preserving and fostering a wide range of wildlife and biodiversity. This all set within a totally private and secure environment, with no public access, providing lots of peace, tranquility and space for the owners, their family and friends to visit, enjoy, and benefit from throughout the year.

While if travelling by water from Crehan the famous scenic Erne/Shannon canal link, or Belturbet, Co Cavan riverside town are just 60 minutes upstream…or setting a leisurely course downstream sail past the Share Centre and Kilmore Quay to starboard and within 90 minutes or so you’ll reach Carrybridge hotel and marina, then a little further downstream on the port side you’ll pass the scenic village of Bellanaleck soon arriving at the historic island town of Enniskillen with its many easily accessible marinas, jetties, shopping and leisure facilities…where you can enjoy a hearty meal and a well earned pint or glass of wine, before you make the picturesque upstream return trip, this time via the Inishmore viaduct and on to Knockninny and Terraroe Bay to starboard…a great place to “drop a line” and hook a mighty jack pike or a specimen bream or perch.

Golf and surf are within a 30-minute drive from Crehan Island at Derryadd. There are no fewer than 8 superb Golf Courses to test your skills including championship courses at Slieve Russell hotel and the famous G8 Lough Erne Golf Resort hotel, to name but two.

While Donegal’s Atlantic coastline, with its many fine beaches, mountains and magical folklore, are but within a 40-mile drive to the west of Crehan at Derryad. South Donegal is ideal for sea fishing, walking, painting or perhaps some shopping at the world famous Magee Department store and Donegal Tweed outlet in Donegal town, but at the end of an exciting day, you’ll be drawn back to the peace of Crehan Island and your cruiser on the Erne waterway.The island property is offered for sale, complete with the use of an 18 foot safe classic angling boat, outboard engine and road trailer, in addition to 3 years paid up membership at the Lisnaskea Boat Club, Derryadd, a great place to cast off for Crehan just 10 minutes to the South East while the owners private jetty on Crehan is also an ideal place to moor a 12 meter motor cruiser providing savings of up to £2000 pa on most local marina costs, not to mention a great spot to fish from at dusk when the large fish are in search of supper.

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