Bicycle hire is available at a number of locations throughout the Geopark, provided by private companies.
When you arrive in either Belfast International Airport or Dublin Airport there are a number of companies to hire a car from. Prices can be compared using www.travelsupermarket.com.
*Please note you should check that your car insurance covers you to drive in both Northern Ireland and Ireland.
If arriving in Belfast International Airport there is a Translink Bus Service that will bring you into the Europa Bus Station in Belfast City Centre. Here, you will have to change on to another bus that will take you to the main Bus Station in Enniskillen.
The Geopark is located in west County Fermanagh and west County Cavan, with the main airports on the island of Ireland being Belfast International Airport and Dublin Airport; both approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from the Geopark.
No, there are numerous entry points into the Geopark.
Wild camping is only legal in Northern Ireland (County Fermanagh) if you have been granted permission by the landowner and every bit of land is owned by a private individual.
Wild camping is not permitted in Ireland (County Cavan).
An alternative to wild camping in the Geopark is staying at a campsite owned by a local provider.
For campsites in County Fermanagh visit http://www.fermanaghlakelands.com/Caravan-and-Camping-Offers-A267.
Row Campsite: www.facebook.com/rowcampsitecavan
We do welcome dogs to many of our sites within the Geopark, but you must ensure to keep your dog under control and clean up after them using the bins provided or bring it home.
With over 50 sites within the Geopark to discover and explore we do not offer tours of all the sites on a daily basis, with the exception of the Marble Arch Caves.
All sites within the Geopark have plenty of interpretative panels that explain the rich heritage of that particular area, to read at your own pace. However, throughout the year we do run a variety of walking tours at many of our sites within the Geopark.
For more information on all activities within the Geopark visit Events.
Alternatively, if you are interested in a specific tour that is not in the events section, please contact us.
No, although Cuilcagh Mountain is one of our impressive key sites as it is the highest point at 665m, straddling both County Fermanagh and County Cavan, we actually have over 50 sites within the Geopark to discover and explore.
With over 50 sites within the Geopark to discover and explore, each site has different trails of variant gradient, difficulty levels and accessibility.
Trails in each site within the Geopark will detail their specific gradient, difficulty level and accessibility so you will be able to find a trail that suits your needs.
All sites within the Geopark are located outdoors, therefore it is important to come prepared for the weather. As both County Fermanagh and County Cavan are well known for their wet climates, it is advisable to bring a raincoat and sturdy footwear with you in all seasons, throughout the year.
Remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!
For the weather forecast specific to areas in County Fermanagh visit www.metoffice.gov.uk
For the weather forecast specific to areas in County Cavan visit www.met.ie.
If you plan to climb Cuilcagh please note this is a mountain and therefore can have extreme weather conditions than can change very quickly. It is important to wear proper boots, bring extra layers and bring a warm drink and snacks.
For the weather forecast specific to Cuilcagh visit https://www.mountain-forecast.com/peaks/Cuilcagh/forecasts/665.
As the Geopark is jointly managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council job opportunities within the Geopark will be advertised in these Council websites;
For further information on job opportunities within the Geopark visit Careers & Volunteering.
If you would like to volunteer in the Geopark please contact us.
No, the UNESCO status is given for a period of four years, after which the functioning and quality if the Geopark is thoroughly re-examined during a revalidation process. If the Geopark continues to fulfil the criteria it will maintain its UNESCO status for a further four years. However, if the area no longer fulfils the criteria, the Geopark will be informed to take appropriate steps within two years. If these steps are not taken after this period of time the Geopark will lose its status.
For more information on the revalidation process visit http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/earth-sciences/unesco-global-geoparks/revalidation-process/
No, the UNESCO status is not a legislative designation and therefore, does not imply any restrictions on land management, commercial mining or quarrying, etc. inside the Geopark. However, our sites within the Geopark must be protected under local, regional, and national legislation.
The UNESCO status:
The Geopark is established across almost 20,000 hectares of private and public land. It is jointly managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council.