GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Cuilcagh Mountain Walk

13 miles (21 km)

This challenging circular walk climbs to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain, the highest point in theBreifne Mountains. The mountain sits on the border betweenCounty Fermanagh(inNorthern Ireland) andCounty Cavan(in theRepublic of Ireland). It's a very popular hike with the route to the summit taking place on the waymarked Cuilcagh Way.
The trail climbs through one of thelargest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, using a boardwalk for part of the route.
The walk starts from the car park at Cladagh Bridge on the Marble Arch Road, a few miles north of the summit. From here you can pick up the trails heading south along the Cladagh River. You'll soon come to the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The Geopark features various sites which demonstrate the geological and wider natural heritage of the area, as well as the cultural heritage relating to 7,000–8,000 years of recorded human occupation since the last ice age. This includes a number ofshow caveswhich exhibit a wide range of classic cave features. Thenatural limestone caves are named after the nearby Marble Arch, a naturallimestonearchat the upstream end of Cladagh Glen under which theCladagh Riverflows.
The route continues past the caves along the Aghinrawn River to Skea Hill and Lough Atona. This area supports numbers of rare, vulnerable or endangered species. It is one of the most important upland breeding sites in Northern Ireland forEurasian golden plover, and the Merlin.
Near the lough you turn east to climb to the 666m (2,185ft) summit of Cuilcagh. There's wonderful views across Ireland and Northern Ireland with the Irish Sea and Atlantic coast visible on clear day.
After taking in the views the route descends north east to Florence Court Forest Park. The forest has colour coded, waymarked trails with attractive woodland and riverside paths to enjoy. In the park there's a walled garden and a fine viewpoint where you can see much of Fermanagh, Upper Lough McNean, Belomore mountain, Enniskillen, Brougher Mountian, Upper Lough Erne and Knockninny. There's also the Florence Court yew tree, known as the 'mother' of all Irish yew trees.
From the forest head west to Gortmcconnell Rock before descending back to Marble Arch Caves. The final section leads you along the river to return to the car park.
This walk uses a section of the Ulster Way long distance trail. You can continue your exercise by heading north from Cladagh Bridge to the nearby Lough Macnean.

Cuilcagh Mountain Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Photos

Gateway at Knockageehan - geograph.org.uk - 984305

Gateway at Knockageehan

Marble Arch Visitor Centre - geograph.org.uk - 984299

Marble Arch Visitor Centre

Cuilcagh Mountainside - geograph.org.uk - 1453712

Cuilcagh Mountainside

Cuilcagh Mountain

Mountain view

Cuilcagh Stairway

Cuilcagh Stairway

The Ulster Way to Cuilcagh - geograph-3762609

The Ulster Way to Cuilcagh

Summit view on Cuilcagh, SW into Cavan - geograph-3762620

Summit view on Cuilcagh, SW into Cavan

Trien Mountainside - geograph.org.uk - 1453603

Trien Mountainside

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Cuilcagh Mountain.gpx (right click - 'Save As')

Memory Map Route

Cuilcagh Mountain.mmo (right click - 'Save As')