Cuilcagh Legacurragh Valley Trail

The Legacurragh Valley Trail is one of the walks on offer within Cuilcagh Mountain Park and is Section Four 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, mystifying wildlife, captivating archaeology, and natural history and can be walked in sections.

The trail is a marked linear route through some of Fermanagh’s finest scenery that perfectly showcases the Geopark’s abundant wilderness, mountains, valleys, forests, and rivers. The trail is sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the roads, making for a perfect escape from busy urban life.

Facilities: Car parking, interpretation, picnic area.

At the further end of the walk, you will be greeted by Florencecourt House, where further facilities include a playpark, shop, tea rooms, toilets, and a number of other walking trails.

Getting Here

Cuilcagh Legacurragh Valley Trail

  • Gortalughany Viewpoint
  • Marlbank Road
  • Marlbank
  • Fermanagh
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT92 1EW
  • Gortalughany Viewpoint
  • Marlbank Road
  • Marlbank
  • Fermanagh
  • Northern Ireland
  • BT92 1EW
  • 54.218865, -7.743401

Walking Trail

  • Distance: 4.2 miles
  • Time: 3 hours round trip
  • Grade: Difficult
  • Terrain: Forest road, gravel path, open bog, and tarmac lane
  • Route: Linear
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Map: Discoverer Series OSNI Sheet 26
  • Dogs: Dogs are not permitted

This route begins in a mountain area and has a wealth of interest in terms of landscapes and heritage and involves walking through open moorland which is buzzing with nature as well as long stretches along shady woodland paths to discover tranquil rivers, a diversity of flowers and rustic farm ruins. The trail meanders frequently through ever changing scenery which is relatively flat with no severe climbs but some gradual descents. It offers a great escape through charming landscapes with potential for a glimpse of red squirrels, pine martens, deer, and butterflies along the way. Walk highlight attractions along the trail include Florencecourt House and Gardens which was the former home of the Earls of Enniskillen. The 18th Century house is set in a dramatic forest setting overlooked by Benaughlin Mountain, looming in the east with its dark green forested flanks rising to 373m.

Cuilcagh Legacurragh Valley 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

In terms of landscapes and heritage, Legcurragh Valley Trail does not disappoint. One of the most exciting features is having the opportunity to walk through open moorland which is buzzing with nature. As well as this, you’ll find long stretches of shady woodland paths, that are host to a diversity of flowers, rustic farm ruins and serene rivers.

The trail meanders through ever changing scenery which is relatively flat with no severe climbs and instead some gradual descents, meaning it’s a great walk for all the family. The charming landscapes are home to red squirrels, pine martens, deer, and butterflies, which you may be lucky to spot on your travels.

Highlight attractions along the trail include Florencecourt House and Gardens which both belonged to the former Earl of Enniskillen and is now in the care of the National Trust. The 18th Century house is set in a dramatic forest setting overlooked by Benaughlin Mountain, looming in the east with its dark green forested flanks rising to 373m. A great spot to soak up some of Enniskillen’s colourful history.

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