Ancient Monastic Site
Accessible by Boat
and Devenish Monastic Site
Devenish Island is a very special place and if you have time you should try and get to visit this ancient monastic site. It was founded in the 6th century by Saint Molaise on one of Lough Erne’s many islands. During its history it has been raided by Vikings (837AD), burned (1157AD) and flourished (Middle Ages) as a parish church site and St Mary’s Augustine Priory.
There are ruins from different time periods on site; the earliest being St Molaise house (small church) and the round tower which are 12th Century. A second church from the 13th Century, which was extended over time, was the lower church. St Marys Augustinian Priory on the hilltop has been dated from the middle 15th Century to early 16th Century with a church, tower and small cloister. In the graveyard stands a distinctive, unusual, intricately carved stone cross from the 15th Century.
It is important to remember that children must be accompanied on the island and there is a daily ferry service throughout July and August between Trory Point and Devenish Island.
The Tourist Information Centre in Enniskillen can give you the most up to date information on commercial boat tours on Lower Lough Erne taking in Devenish. These include Erne Water Taxis, MV Kestrel and the Lady of the Lake which also offers a great dine and cruise experience.