‘Unique’ estate where history was written has four islands and an imposing castle

The Belle Isle Estate where the mediaeval Annals of Ulster was written could be used for private and/or commercial purposes and is on the market for €8.55 million

The imposing, renovated, 17th century B+ listed castle comprises 1,442 square metres set on about 448 acres of gardens, parklands and pasture

Languishing on the western fringes of Europe, Ireland is home to an estimated 30,000 castles and castle ruins, many somewhat more modest than their royal British and European counterparts, as they were predominantly built for defence.

That said, there are numerous stunning castles dotted around the country and perhaps the finest to come to market in recent years is the aptly named Belle Isle Estate in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

The estate incorporates four private islands