Whilst Fermanagh is renowned for its lakelands, the first destination for any keen walker should be Cuilcagh Mountain, the highest summit in the County, standing at 665m (2,181ft). This area is part of the UNESCO endorsed Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark due to its unique geology and spectacular landscapes.
Recognised by UNESCO because of its internationally important geological heritage, the Marble Arch Caves became the World’s first Global Geopark in December 2008. The Geopark is host to one of Europe's finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
With 6th century carved figures on White Island, a 12th Century settlement on Devenish Island and Enniskillen Castle, Lough Erne is bursting with both human and natural heritage. It shores are also home to a vast array of wildlife including Peacocks, heron, swans and Irish hares. Interestingly, the waterways of the Shannon - Erne canal are the longest navigable inland waterway in Europe.
County Fermanagh borders four counties in the South of Ireland: Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan, as well as County Tyrone in the North. Interestingly it is the only county in Northern Ireland which doesn’t border Lough Neagh.
The Fermanagh Walking Festival is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in conjunction with the Fermanagh and Knockatallan Rambling Clubs and offers a wide range of guided walks through a land often described as Northern Ireland’s lake district. There are family walks, intermediate walks and advanced walks on all 3 days of this festival with the differing grades of walks taking place at various locations throughout the County. Find out more about both these walking festivals here.
Cuilcagh Mountain Park is home to one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland. The peak itself is part of the Cuilcagh Way and from the summit you can view the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea, parts of counties Tyrone, Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Sligo and Roscommon. If the weather is particularly favourable you might even catch a glimpse of the Nephin Beg mountain range in County Mayo.
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