Come and experience our culture and landscape
South West College is based in Northern Ireland, one of the four countries of the United Kingdom and is situated to the northeast of the island of Ireland. The College is situated in the South West of Northern Ireland a country with a long and proud history of both national and international interaction. The College is less than 90 minutes from Belfast, and offers a safe, community friendly learning environment with close proximity to the Republic of Ireland, the rest of the UK and Europe.
A place to inspire, a place to nurture and a place to grow
Northern Ireland is renowned for its inspirational locations, stunning landscapes and the friendly people. Known as the land of myths and legends Northern Ireland has much to offer from its unique stories of Saint Patrick to Titanic Belfast and its breath-taking scenery such as the Mountains of Mourne and the Giant’s Causeway.
The South West region, in particular, is one of the most picturesque parts of the country. Taking in the two counties of Fermanagh and Tyrone it consists of a mainly rural population, with rolling fields, rivers and lakes, making it an ideal setting for an inspirational learning environment. A study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in 2015 found people living in Counties Fermanagh and Tyrone rated themselves the happiest, crowning the Counties as the; ‘happiest place to live in the UK’.
So much to see, so much to do!
Marble Arch Caves
The UNESCO endorsed Marble Arch Caves straddles the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Recognised by UNESCO because of its internationally important geological heritage, the Marble Arch Caves became the World’s first Global Geopark in December 2008. The Geopark is host to one of Europe's finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
Cuilcagh Mountain Park is home to one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland. The peak itself is part of the Cuilcagh Way and from the summit you can view the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea, parts of counties Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon. The Cuilcagh Way is a waymarked route that stretches for 33km through a breath taking patchwork of habitats in southern Fermanagh. The route can be walked in sections and provides stunning views, fascinating geology, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology and natural history: enough to whet anyone’s appetite for adventure. The Cuilcagh Way is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. An impressive new boardwalk protects the rare blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers in the Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation.
With 6th Century carved figures on White Island, a 12th Century settlement on Devenish Island and Enniskillen Castle, Lough Erne is bursting with both human and natural heritage. Its shores are also home to a vast array of wildlife including peacocks, heron, swans and Irish hares. Interestingly, the waterways of the Shannon - Erne canal are the longest navigable inland waterway in Europe. The world famous Lough Erne Hotel situated on lakes hosted the G8 summit in 2013.
Game of Thrones
10 intricately carved doors from Game of Thrones® are hung across Northern Ireland, each telling the story of a season 6 episode, one of these doors can be found in 'Blakes in the Hollow' Pub in Enniskillen. Fermanagh is also home to Beric Dondarians hideout!
Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery holds a very special place in the cultural and commercial heritage of Co Fermanagh. Situated in the picturesque village of Belleek on the banks of the Lough Erne, this imposing building is home to the world famous Belleek Fine Parian China and Belleek Visitor Centre. Visitors can partake in guided tours, take a walk around the on-site museum, visit the audio visual theatre and showroom and enjoy refreshments in the restaurant. There is also a gift shop where visitors can purchase authentic Belleek products.
Ulster American Folk Park
Immerse yourself in the story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Experience the adventure that takes you from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant sailing ship, to the log cabins of the American Frontier. Meet an array of costumed characters on your way with traditional crafts to show, tales to tell and food to share.