Cuilcagh, Co Fermanagh
Cuilcagh, Co Fermanagh
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Tue 30 October
Experiences

Take the Stairway to Heaven

Cuilcagh, Co Fermanagh is home to Northern Ireland's very own the stairway to heaven

Cuilcagh, Co Fermanagh is a well-established location for hillwalkers with a network of trails that lead in and around the Mountain Park.  Part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark the route cuts through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland. 

The Walks

The Cuilcagh Way is a waymarked 20 miles/33km route. The most popular Legnabrocky Trail section, which leads to the summit and back is a linear walk of 9 miles/15km which takes around 5 hours.

Unique Habitat & Wildlife

The trail to the summit of Cuilcagh crosses a number of distinct habitats. Meadow pipits, skylarks and hen harriers can be seen and golden plover breed in small numbers on the bog.  Foxes and Irish hares are frequently sighted and snow buntings have been recorded in winter.

Legnabrocky trail aka The Stairway to heaven

The Legnabrocky Trail was opened in July 2015 to protect the sensitive blanket bog and restore areas of peatland that had been eroded in a special area of conservation.

The wooden boardwalk begins after a 5km walk along a gravel path from the car park, before winding across the bog to the wooden staircase up the side of the mountain to the summit plateau known as the stairway to heaven.

While this ‘stairway to heaven' has made the final 1.5km of the trek to Ireland's 165th highest peak less of a slog, the 450-step wooden structure is designed to protect the ecologically important hilltop blanket bog from erosion.

The Legnabrocky Trail

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