On Tuesday we set off at 5am. It was just light enough to see the markers leading us out onto the Broad Lough, and rain was threatening. There was a slight southwesterly breeze, but stronger winds were forecast for later today, and for most of the week.
At first, we could see the famous Cliffs of Magho. (Lightened here so that you can see them in all their splendour!)
However, as we progressed along the south side of the Broad Lough, the cloud came down to cover the cliff tops, and we could also see torrential rain falling, on the north side of the lough, but fortunately it bypassed us.
Ten miles of open water seemed much further than that! We were relieved to reach Tully Castle mooring by 6-45am. There were two cruisers on the mooring, but there was plenty of room for us.
We walked through the woods to visit Tully Castle. This castle was built in 1613, but was then attacked and burnt in 1641. The herb garden is contained within a maze of hedges, in front of the castle.
There is not a lot to see through the windows!
Tully Castle mooring is very sheltered, with calm water, but these waves were rolling in, just round the corner.
We walked up the hill to see Inishmacsaint Church and the Celtic Cross there.
Andy and Catkin went for a closer look at the Celtic cross, which dates from the 6th century.
Next day we sailed round to Carrickreagh, which is sheltered by islands, from the main lough. There is good walking there in the woods, up to a viewpoint over the lough.
It gives a wonderful view over the lake.
Strong winds being forecast for the next few days, we sailed back to Devenish Island on Saturday evening at 8pm. We passed the Lough Erne golfcourse, which was designed by Nick Faldo. The annual subscription here is £25,000.
The sky was very pretty on the way.
It took an hour to get to Devenish west mooring, in time to see a super sunset.