The route meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over farm tracks, boardwalk and mountain path. A steep climb is required to reach the 666 metre summit of Cuilcagh Mountain. Marked blue on the attached map. The Cuilcagh Way is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.
Point of interest:Cuilcagh Mountain
Getting to the start by car:Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail in the Cuilcagh Mountain Car Park, Marlbank Road.
(Follow the signs for the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre from Enniskillen)
Take the A4 Sligo Road from Enniskillen. Turn left onto the A32 Swanlinbar Road. Turn right onto the Marble Arch road. Turn left, still following the signs for the Marble Arch visitor centre. Along this narrow road, there will be a sign on your left hand side for the Cuilcagh Mountain Park. This is where you should start your walk.
OS map:Sheet 26 (1:50 000)
Terrain:gravel track, boardwalk, bogland
Route: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 Legnagbrocky Trail is a linear route which will appeal to walkers with some experience walking in the hills. The route is quite isolated and showcases the scenic wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain. The trail meanders along a quiet farmland track before traversing a wooden boardwalk that consists of a steady climb to the mountain face. Here a stepped boardwalk climbs through steep terrain and boulders fields before reaching the summit plateau. A rough mountain path negotiates the wild summit plateau for a few kilometres before reaching an ancient cairn (the remains of a burial mound dating from the Bronze Age 2,500 – 500 BC) that stands at 666 metres (2,182 ft) above sea level. The imposing mountain flanks of Cuilcagh give this walk a very atmospheric feeling providing breathing views, the most impressive view is of Lough Atona, a lake nestled at the foot of the mountain which was carved out by the glacier during the last Ice Age approximately 13,000 years ago
Please be aware……………..
• It is important to choose a route that suits everybody in your group. You are strongly recommended to walk Cuilcagh Mountain with OSNI or OSNI Discover Series map 1:50,000 Sheet 26 available in most shops and Visitor Information Centres.
• Weather conditions on Cuilcagh Mountain can be quick to change & inhospitable all year round making way finding difficult in poor visibility at any time of the year.
• Equip yourself for walking in a mountainous area, waterproof clothing, boots, spare clothing, map, compass, first aid, food, drink etc.
• Carry a map and stay to the way marked trail. Be aware that mobile reception in the area is poor. Let someone know where you have gone and when you are expected back.
• In an Emergency: call 999 or 101 and ask for Mountain Rescue.
Did You Know? The habitat on Cuilcagh Mountain is very sensitive to the footfall of walkers and the boardwalk was constructed to prevent walkers from damaging the protected blanket bog. It is important to stay to the designated path in order to protect this beautiful habitat for future generations.
Facilities:Facilities are available at the nearby Marble Arch Caves visitor centre and Florencecourt House.
Accessible terrain:Grade 5
Accessible signage:Accessible picnic bench is available at Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Accessible facilities are available in the nearby Marble Arch Caves visitor centre or Florencecourt House.
Publication:Cuilcagh Way Booklet
Publication availability:Available from Marble Arch Caves or Fermanagh Visitor Information Centre