Saturday 26/09/09 Devenish - Inishmacsaint - Killyhevlin
Length of boat trip: 2.4 hours
Motto of the day: Boats and people
The lake is flat. The settled weather continues. We leave Devenish and have a spin on the southern part of the Lower and pass hole 19 of the Lough Erne Golf Resort.
Then we moor at Inishmacsaint for some hours. Here the lake is so wide that it takes 15 minutes till the wake of a boat passing on the opposite shore arrives at the jetty. In the afternoon we drive back to Enniskillen and the jetty at the Broadmeadow is busy. Itís Saturday, and the sunny spells increase!
The sun is burning. A paddler demonstrates to us that an umbrella of Waterways Ireland is useful in this situation.
Our destination is Killyhevlin and we moor in second row to two smaller boats. Our neighbouring boaters are very helpful to moor safe and fender the boat. Also Ian is at the jetty and welcomes us. We relax some hours watching the arriving and passing of boats and again one of the local kingfishers flies along.
We spend the evening in Killyhevlin at the Annual Dinner Dance of the Lough Erne Branch of the IWAI (Inland Waterways Association of Ireland). The dinner is great and the apply pie sensational. We have nice talks and our special thanks go to Ian and Amanda!
Sunday 27/09/09 Killyhevlin Ė Enniskillen - Sandy Bay, Tully Castle
Length of boat trip: 3.9 hours
Motto of the day: The last settled day
The morning starts sunny and itís again mild.
We leave the Killyhevlin Jetty and drive the short way to the Ardhowen Jetty to fit the fenders and to take water. Here we meet 'Loch n Quay' for the second time this year. We drive further on to Enniskillen. The Broadmeadow Jetty is still busy but we find a free space. The Warden comes along inspecting the situation.
The sky becomes more and more cloudy but it stays dry with moderate wind on our slow drive on Lower Lough Erne to Tully Castle. The Sandy Bay is sheltered from the southwest/west wind. The higher clouds are drifting more from northwest and, as we know, this is the forerunner for unsettled weather.
Only a few boats are visiting the jetty and mostly only for a short time; the usual traffic of this Sunday can be seen in the distance on the other shore side and felt half an hour later when the wake has crossed the lake.