Inishmacsaint Monastery Ruins

Enniskillen, United Kingdom

Inishmacsaint (meaning 'Island of the Sorrel Plain') is a monastery located on an island off the western shore of Lough Erne, Northern Ireland. The site includes the ruins of a monastic church and an early stone cross, probably from the tenth and twelfth centuries. Inishmacsaint was founded by St. Ninnidh, (d. 523/30). The original monastic buildings were probably damaged or destroyed during the raids of the ninth or tenth centuries.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Courtney Bowles (7 months ago)
Absolutely wonderful place, free parking, more than reasonable entrance fee. So well thought out. Our boys (12,10,7 & 5) absolutely loved it! A special mention to the lady in the gift shop, who went above and beyond to interact with the boys, tell them all about the war artifacts and help them try them on. Sparked a real fire for historical knowledge in our boys. Thank you! ?
George Bruce (8 months ago)
Yet again stepped in history. Deaths and stone cold murder. There's also a trail of love doves on certain buildings in the island centre. Beautiful scenery and the people were friendly. Mother in law left her hand bag in the disabled toilets and it was handed in intact. We couldn't find the person who handed it in but definitely restored our faith inhumanity
Grumpy Old Man (8 months ago)
You have to ask yourself at what point in history do people decide “we don’t need a castle anymore, let’s own a coffee shop” then we can charge people £4 for a small pot of tea ( that works out at around £36 a gallon, and you complain about petrol prices!) Ho! And we can slap in a scone that has cost us 30p for £3 ( I put that in just to cause a storm, actually they are only £2.95, well that’s better isn’t it?
Cionnath O'Morain (10 months ago)
Ara now in fairness..the castle looks like it was erected in 1992. Its a pretty poor castle but the area is lovely. Enniskillen is an amazing town in fairness. I'd give enniskillen 6 stars but the ''castle'' 3. Well worth spending 3 to 4 days here and great bars are located here:)
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