Cuilcagh Hikers Trail

Please note that access to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain beyond the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail viewing platform is currently closed. We ask visitors to keep to the designated path and to remain within the confines of the viewing platform. The habitat in this area is fragile and we kindly request that walkers respect the environment and do not stray from the designated route. Your cooperation with this is appreciated.

The Cuilcagh Hikers Trail is a marked linear route that will appeal to experienced walkers who enjoy spectacular views and are interested in undertaking a vigorous, challenging walk in the wilderness. The terrain consists of a mountain path so some parts of the route can be very wet and boggy, particularly after a rainy period.

The Cuilcagh Hikers Trail is one of the walks on offer within Cuilcagh Mountain Park and is Section Three of the Cuilcagh Way, a waymarked route that stretches for 20.5 miles through a breath-taking patchwork of habitats in west Fermanagh. The route provides stunning views, fascinating geology, incredible wildlife, important archaeological sites and fascinating natural history. The trail can be walked in sections.

Getting Here

Cuilcagh Hikers Trail

  • Main Car Park
  • Gortalughany Viewpoint
  • 43 Marlbank Road
  • Enniskillen
  • Fermanagh
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT92 1EW
  • Main Car Park
  • Gortalughany Viewpoint
  • 43 Marlbank Road
  • Enniskillen
  • Fermanagh
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT92 1EW
  • 54.218865, -7.743401

Walking Trail

  • Distance: 5.5 miles
  • Time: 4 hours round trip
  • Grade: Difficult
  • Terrain: Gravel track, rock scramble
  • Route: Linear
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 26
  • Dogs: Dogs are not permitted

As the route begins on the mountain there is no significant climb until the steep and vigorous 300m scramble up the mountain face through rocky outcrops. Arriving on the summit you cannot miss the ancient cairn (the remains of a burial mound dating from the Bronze Age 2,500 – 500 BC). The summit provides a great vantage point to view the picturesque lowlands of County Fermanagh and Cavan and on an exceptionally clear day you can see both the Irish Sea and the Atlantic Ocean along with several surrounding counties.

Cuilcagh Hikers Trail   Map

Please be aware:

  • Weather conditions on Cuilcagh can be quick to change and 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.
  • Cuilcagh is a working farm so be aware of livestock in the area.
  • 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 112 and ask for Mountain Rescue.
  • Plan your visit, check social media for daily updates on visitors to the mountain, as the walk can take 8-10 hours on a busy day.
  • No dogs are permitted on the Boardwalk.

Events or Walking Groups

For safety, conservation and insurance reasons, walk leaders and event organisers are not permitted to organise, advertise, or run an event of any nature in, or along any section of the Cuilcagh Way, where participants exceed 20, without prior written consent from the Marble Arch Caves. Application forms are available from the Marble Arch Caves and should be submitted well in advance of a planned walk or event. Please contact mac@fermanaghomagh.com for more information.

Heritage

The trail is a richly varied one in terms of topography and features and includes walking over a glacial landscape in a mountainous environment passing by dry valleys, limestone pavement, mountain rivers and sandstone outcrops. This area is also managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds so keep alert for signs of the rare Golden Plover nesting in the area.

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