County Fermanagh, famed for its breathtaking scenery, has officially been named the friendliest place in the whole of the UK.
The idyllic county came out on top in a new survey searching for the UK’s most neighbourly places. Northern Ireland beat off England, Scotland and Wales, with Fermanagh topping the list of counties ahead of Armagh and Antrim.
All of Northern Ireland’s counties made the top 10 friendliest spots across the UK – with the province dominating the top six.
Fermanagh’s breathtaking natural landscape means it is a positive treasure trove of great restaurants, hotels and other hidden gems. Tourist attractions such as exploring the history of Castle Coole and Florence Court attract tourists from across the globe. Whilst lovebirds on holiday are known to enjoy the romance of a sunset cruise.
Perhaps most iconic of all though, is the 5-star Lough Erne Resort – which gained global headlines after it hosted the G8 Summit in 2013, with world leaders including US President Barack Obama, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel – to name just a few!
Alternatively, for a ‘Staycation’ with a difference, you should check out Finn Lough Resort in picturesque Enniskillen which offers glamping at its most opulent. The bubble domes at the Finn Lough Resort feature a 180 degree transparent wall and roof which promises to let you get “back to nature” from a bespoke four-poster bed.
In this romantic woodland retreat you’ll also have an ensuite bathroom, Nespresso coffee machine, fluffy robe and slippers and daily breakfast!
Alternatively, for those slightly less brave, you can still be at one with nature in the incredible chalets on offer on Lusty Beg Island.
It’s not the first time Co Fermanagh has been recognised for its friendly nature – just last year the Lakeland county was named the happiest place to live in the UK!
Meanwhile, County Antrim has experienced something of a tourist revolution ever since popular HBO series Game of Thrones began filming, with fans of the hit show coming from across the world to participate in the many tours. Popular destinations such as the Giant’s Causeway; Old Bushmills Whiskey Distillery; and newly reopened The Gobbins Cliff Path & Visitor Centre have also benefited from the influx of foot-traffic.
Belfast’s foodie revolution has also been drawing in the crowds, with newly awarded Ox and Deanes Eipic claiming the highly-coveted stars in September of last year. Whilst the exploding Cafe Culture has meant we are now benefiting from more options than ever before.
Meanwhile, we don’t blame people for travelling all the way to Tandragee in County Armagh to experience the Tayto Crisp Factory – we certainly don’t regret it!
The findings emerged after a study by the Big Lottery’s Big Lunch.