Altachullion Viewpoint

Although there are many sites within the Geopark that are host to perfect rolling drumlins and expertly shaped valleys, it is often just as charming to soak up the parts of the landscape that aren’t just quite as perfectly formed, and instead are magnificent in all their rugged glory.

Altachullion Viewpoint provides a wonderful opportunity to see contrasting and diverse views, as well as a rare chance to see the rich northern landscapes of the Geopark dominated by Cuilcagh Mountain, alongside the gently rolling drumlin lowlands that dominate the southern part of the region.

Facilities: Car parking and interpretation.

Getting Here

Altachullion Viewpoint

  • Altachullion Viewpoint
  • Mountain View
  • R200
  • Altachullion Lower
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Altachullion Viewpoint
  • Mountain View
  • R200
  • Altachullion Lower
  • Cavan
  • Republic of Ireland
  • 54.16435032906, -7.7867828921875

Heritage

The area immediately surrounding the viewpoint is home to one of the largest expanses of intact blanket bog in Ireland, protected as a Special Area of Conservation and including many interesting plant species such as deer grass and bog asphodel. The area is also home to rare bird species such as Golden Plover, Peregrine and Merlin, which you may be lucky to spot on a beautiful clear day.

Bogland is an extremely fascinating process that requires perfect conditions in order to grow and thrive. The process is thousands of years in the making, with 1cm of bog taking 1000 years to form, which is pretty mind boggling. Bogland has been significant to local communities of this area for many hundreds of years. With families coming together to gather peat to warm their homes, it is a practice and substance of much cultural and historical significance. Even now, you will see families come together when the time has come for peat to be harvested; A practice that holds tradition and culture at its heart. Knowing this, you can easily appreciate why this view is just so special, as well as visually stunning.

We would encourage you to take a trip to this spot for some peace, quiet and a little slice of Geopark heaven.

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