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Vicky Herbert

After ten years of guiding for the National Trust at Crom Castle, County Fermanagh, Vicky has expanded her horizons to include the Lisnaskea and Newtownbutler areas of east County Fermanagh and the Belturbet area in adjoining County Cavan all in the vicinity of Upper Lough Erne. She has walking tours around Lisnaskea where she lives. The first takes in the Moate Ring, an ancient monument with a wealth of history to it. It was originally a burial mound, possibly a passage grave and then adapted to be part of the central “roadway” of fortifications up the spine of Ireland. It then became the crowning place of the Maguire chieftains of Fermanagh by the Earls of Tyrone from the 13th century. There are many other old forts in this vicinity which makes the whole area very significant. Her second walking tour is in and around Lisnaskea, Fermanagh’s second town. Visitors are taken to the historic buildings such as the Workhouse and Castle Balfour and then to Aghalurcher Church and Graveyard which dates back to the 9th century. It was the original burial place and church of the Maguires of Fermanagh and is dedicated to St. Ronan. Other tours by bus include Galloon Island a 6th century monastic site and a visit to the town of Belturbet which has a fine restored Station House and a Norman Motte and Bailey on Turbet Island. There is so much history in this area she loves sharing it with people. She is the author of six books on the people and places of east Fermanagh. See our Bookshop for details.