About Cuilcagh Boardwalk

A journey across the sweeping bogland of Cuilcagh Mountain, with conservation at its core.

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Cuilcagh Mountain Park takes in 2,500 hectares on the northern slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain, at the heart of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. Cuilcagh Mountain Park was founded in 1998 with assistance from the European Union’s LIFE Peatlands Project and the Heritage Lottery Fund, to restore damaged peatland, to conserve pristine blanket bog and to increase awareness of bogland habitats and wildlife. At 665 metres (2188 feet) above sea level, Cuilcagh is the highest point and the only true mountain in this part of the island of Ireland.

Cuilcagh’s many different natural habitats mean it is a perfect place to enjoy nature. From the summit, there are breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside, including a sweeping expanse of blanket bog, stretching like a huge cloak across the middle slopes of the mountain.

Cuilcagh Mountain Park takes in 2,500 hectares on the northern slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain, at the heart of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. Cuilcagh Mountain Park was founded in 1998 with assistance from the European Union’s LIFE Peatlands Project and the Heritage Lottery Fund, to restore damaged peatland, to conserve pristine blanket bog and to increase awareness of bogland habitats and wildlife. At 665 metres (2188 feet) above sea level, Cuilcagh is the highest point and the only true mountain in this part of the island of Ireland.

Cuilcagh’s many different natural habitats mean it is a perfect place to enjoy nature. From the summit, there are breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside, including a sweeping expanse of blanket bog, stretching like a huge cloak across the middle slopes of the mountain.

This is one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland and one of the most intact blanket bogs in Western Europe. 

As well as being in a Global Geopark, Cuilcagh Mountain is designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)  Special Area of Conservation (SAC), a Natura 2000 site and a RAMSAR or wetland of international importance. All reflecting the fact that Cuilcagh hosts many rare species, natural habitats and geological features. 

Privately owned by the Sheridan family, conservation remains a key priority for the attraction and the family is dedicated to protecting this unique geological wonder.

This is one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland and one of the most intact blanket bogs in Western Europe. 

As well as being in a Global Geopark, Cuilcagh Mountain is designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)  Special Area of Conservation (SAC), a Natura 2000 site and a RAMSAR or wetland of international importance. All reflecting the fact that Cuilcagh hosts many rare species, natural habitats and geological features. 

For the Sheridan family, owners of the land of which the boardwalk is built on, conservation remains a key priority for the attraction and the family is dedicated to protecting this unique geological wonder. Whilst we continue to welcome visitors from all across the world, pre-booking car park spaces will continue to help us in our mission to protect the bogland.

Managing and protecting our bogland

Cuilcagh Boardwalk is privately owned by the Sheridan family whose third-generation land it traverses, through peatlands and bog to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain. Spearheaded by John Sheridan, a Fermanagh native and proud Gaeilgeoir, along with his wife, Sylvia, their two sons, Jack and Chris and daughter, Lisa, the conservation project is close to the Sheridan family’s hearts, as they seek to ensure the longevity and protection of this unique land for many years to come.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

The Cuilcagh Boardwalk is approximately 11km and takes on average 2-3 hours to walk. From the car park to the start of the boardwalk, the trail is 4.5km with the boardwalk including the final ascent via a steep section of wooden steps being 1.5km in length. Customers pre-booking their car park space are entitled to a 3 hour car parking slot to allow for walking the trail and reaching the viewing platform at the top of the boardwalk.

7 miles / 11km (From car park to Cuilcagh Boardwalk viewing platform) 

“Cuilcagh Boardwalk has become one of the most popular attractions in Ireland, and with that comes lots of joy but also many of its own challenges.”

– John Sheridan, Landowner
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