Cuilcagh Mountain is 665 metres high and is located on the border between County Fermanagh and County Cavan. It is the highest point in both counties, and is a very accessible walk for most hikers. It is about a 2.5 hour drive from the North Coast, and if you’re using a sat-nav, be sure to set your location to the Marble Arch Caves, otherwise you will end up on the County Cavan side, half an hour in the wrong direction. Once you reach the caves, follow signs to Cuilcagh Boardwalk. Parking is available nearby.
The map below shows the County Fermanagh and the County Cavan points of entry. The Marble Arch Caves are the correct starting position for the boardwalk.
Funded by the European Union, the Cuilcagh Mountain trail and boardwalk is a new, innovative pathway up Cuilcagh Mountain. The boardwalk is a wooden bridge walkway over a blanket of bog which wraps the mountain, allowing walkers of all abilities access to the spectacular views. The walk begins on a normal gravel path which leads to the boardwalk. It is approximately 1 hour from the car-park to the boardwalk, and approximately 4 – 5 hours from start to finish.
Once you reach the boardwalk, the path gradually inclines at a steady rate preparing the legs for the closing push to the top.
The final section of the walk is a 450 step staircase to the summit. Small lay-bays provide perfect places for photographs and well earned rest-bites.
The views from the top are definitely worth the ascent, and well placed boulders provide fantastic resting spots to sit back and enjoy the scenery.