Fermanagh Area Plan 2007
Economy: Zone 3 Colebrooke Estuary
The sensitivity of the landscape character of this zone and its importance for wildlife and nature conservation suggest limited potential for tourism or recreational development. Lisnaskea is the main settlement within this zone. The town already has an important role as a local tourist centre with a hotel, recreation centre and a range of facilities and services for tourists. This tourism role could be further consolidated and developed and should benefit from the designation of part of the town centre as a Conservation Area.
The flat lowland estuary, which extends through the majority of this zone, has delicate landscapes and considerable nature conservation interest which require careful protection. The shallow inner bays of Upper Lough Erne have extensive areas of soft shoreline and therefore limited potential for development. Only very small scale facilities for fishermen may be feasible and there may be suitable sites on harder shores with existing road access. Most of the inland loughs also have soft shores but there may be potential to develop facilities to observe the bird life and nature conservation interest.
The Colebrooke River, valued by fishermen, provides some waterway linkage within the area. There may be potential to develop additional small scale riverside facilities, but local conservation interest would be a major consideration. Inland from the river and lough shores there may be potential for very small scale tourism development, provided it relates to existing buildings.
The special heritage and nature conservation interest of the zone could be used to develop facilities catering for specialist pursuits.