SOLD: Drumlin Wood £39,000 Freehold


Drumlin Wood takes its name from the geological feature that this undisturbed, peaceful woodland overlays. The landscape of Northern Ireland was profoundly affected by repeated phases of glaciation and it is estimated that 90% of the area is covered by glacigenic deposits. This corner of Fermanagh was under rapidly flowing ice between 23,000 and 13,000 years ago, which left behind the distinctive small rounded hills of glacial material known as drumlins. The basin of Upper lough Erne was subsequently flooded leaving the drumlins exposed as islands.

This is the description from the Landscape Character Assessment: Upper Lough Erne is a small-scale intricate landscape in the south of Fermanagh. The landscape is dominated by water as the channel of the River Erne splits and joins, widens and narrows around islands of various shapes and sizes. Low lying interconnected drumlins and flooded hollows linked by streams and the River Erne stretch across the Lough from west to east.

The immediate area around the lake is heavily wooded. Most of the islands are unihabitated and have never been cultivated, with the result that the woodlands are relatively pristine and ancient in origin. They therefore support great biodiversity with a significant number of nationally rare plant and animal species; indeed Upper Lough Erne is designated as a Special Area of Conservation and Area of Special Scientific Interest. It is an important wintering area for migrating birds including Whooper Swans.

Drumlin Wood lies on Deal Island, which is one of a number of islands that used to belong to Belle Isle Estate. Today, the island estate is an exclusive holiday destination with accommodation in the castle as well as self catering cottages, a renowned cookery school and Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Life for those living around the Fermanagh Lakes revolves around water, and an easy way to reach Drumlin Wood is to hire a boat from Belle Isle Estate. This can be booked by special arrangement through woodlands.co.uk.

The wood forms the central part of the island, with oak woodland dominating the top of the drumlin and alluvial wet woodland on the low-lying shores on the north and south sides. Both of these habitats are recognised as distinctive and of special interest in the ASSI citation. The level of Upper Lough Erne has been lowered through drainage schemes in the past, and the area of wet woodland has established itself below the original shoreline which now appears as a rocky bank forming a ring around the island, a number of metres inland from the modern shoreline.

The lack of human intervention in Drumlin Wood has resulted in the full range of natural woodland processes producing a remarkable variety for a compact area. On the top of the drumlin there are clearings under the dense shade of massive oak trees, slender ash trees stretching up to the light, patches of dense natural regneration of ash and beech where gaps in the canopy have increased the levels of light reaching the woodland floor, rotting wood at all stages of decomposition (mini beast heaven!) and blankets of ramsons (wild garlic). There is an active badger sett in the wood, and you may be lucky enough to see some of the red deer that roam around the lough's islands. The area is also known for its healthy populations of red squirrels and otters.

Drumlin Wood is a peaceful haven of tranquility, a great getaway where you can escape the pressures of everyday life and enjoy your own version of an island existence.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Wood maps

Wood map


The northern and southern boundaries are formed by frontage to Upper Lough Erne.

The western boundary is marked by a line of red topped stakes.

The eastern boundary is marked by a line of yellow topped stakes.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 27
  • Nearest post code: BT94 5HG
  • GPS coordinates: 54.245, -7.559

Location map


Drumlin Wood on Deal Island lies in Upper Lough Erne which is about 7 miles south of Inniskillen and 80 miles west of Belfast.

During Covid 19 please call to Andrew to discuss visiting the woodland.

Irish Grid Reference H229333

If you are coming from the nearest public slipway at Carry Bridge (BT94 5NF)

1.Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the slipway are already entered) .

2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is BT94 5NF at Carry Bridge Hotel as shown by the red dot on the maps: N54.283051, W7.554624

  • head upriver in a southerly direction passing the boatyard to your left and taking the left river fork until you reach Belle Isle Bridge, then follow the directions below.

If you are hiring a boat from Belle Isle Estate, you can pick it up from Belle Isle Bridge which is about 5 miles west of Lisnaskea (BT94 5HG).

1.Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the bridge are already entered) .

2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is BT94 5AW at Belleisle Bridge as shown by the red dot on the maps. N54.2443, W7.55955

  • Follow the river channel south, leaving the bridge behind you.
  • Follow the left bank as the river widens out into a broad channel with Belle Isle Castle at its head, and navigate towards Inishbeg Point, a grassy headland across the mouth of a small inlet. When you reach the point head towards the two small islands to your right - Finnis Island North and South - and pass them on the starboard bow.
  • Deal Island will be seen appearing into view behind the two small islands; it is the middle one of a group of three wooded islands
  • Drumlin Wood is in the middle of the island. Moor your boat near the "Woodland For Sale" sign and make your way up the pathway marked by the pair of yellow and red topped stakes.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

Drumlin Wood is an island gem of ancient woodland in the fascinating landscape of the Fermanagh Lakeland, less than two hours' travelling time from Belfast.

Managed by Andrew Clark

Telephone: 07977 499714

Email: [email protected]