Thursday 09/09/2010 Knockninny - Tully Inishmore - Bellanaleck - Enniskillen - Devenish - Davy's Island 5.3 hours
The morning is bright blue. A hire boat starts before us and the skipper chooses the wrong way around Creaghnarourk Island. Due to the high water level he is lucky and doesn't run aground. We have often been told that this is a common navigational error but now we have seen it ourselves. Some people think that the navigation on the Erne is more easy than on the Shannon. In our opinion both can be tricky and have spots where boats are sometimes going off the navigation channels unintentionally.
Today we enjoy a trip to Davy's Island on the Lower with four stops at Tully Inishmore, Bellanaleck, Enniskillen and Devenish.
Even at Tully Inishmore the water level is up (photo below on the left). The photo on the right side shows the water level of last Monday morning.
Going further downstream we meet a kingfisher before Bellanaleck. There we moor at the jetty of the closed filling station and have a chat with Eric. After two further stops the Lower Lough welcomes us, amazingly calm and glassy.
When moored at the jetty at Davy's Island Fred arrives in his canoe checking on the progress of the tree felling on the island and we have a nice chat about the forest, his boat and the last winter. Meanwhile a kingfisher rests for a short moment on his canoe.
Crowds of ravens circle screeching around the island missing their familiar sleeping-places. In WW II the natural forest of Crevenishaughty, Davy’s Island and some hills on the shore were seen as a danger to aircraft taking off or landing. Hundreds of ancient oak and other native trees had been felled around Castle Archdale. After the war the Forestry Service took over these islands and replanted them with non native Sitka Spruce and not with native hardwood. Now they are removing the coniferous forest with heavy machines and hope that native trees will grow on the compressed ground. I hope that there are no rabbits on the islands which like to browse leafs of young oaks.
Friday 10/09/2010 Davy's Island - at anchor - White Island 3.2 hours
The wind increases in the morning and the lake is a bit choppy, but it's sunny and warm.
Today we anchor at two different places on the Lough and enjoy swinging around while listening to birds, the soft surge of the lake and wind in the trees.
A kingfisher hunts in the water under overhanging branches and a male Azure Damselfly rests on the upper deck. Hunting trouts are jumping out of the water. The sun is burning and we relax.
Late in the afternoon we drive back and moor at White Island together with three boats of ABC, two of them with nice Irish crews we had met before at Crom Castle.