The Cuilcagh Boardwalk trail, sometime referred to as the ‘stairway to heaven’ is situated just outside Enniskillen in County Fermanagh. The 12km (return) hike is negotiated by a section of boardwalk, providing protection to the blanket bog beneath.
After 4km of boardwalk, you start the ascent of Cuilcagh Mountain. It’s steep but the constructed steps make it relatively straightforward. We visited during summer but in Northern Ireland good weather isn’t always guaranteed. The rain started as we made our way from the carpark and visibility reduced quickly.
The first section of the hike passes through an area of limestone, often referred to as “The Fertile Rock” due to its flower rich pastures. Visible along the hike (when it isn’t training) are abandoned Irish cottages, dry stone walls and potato cultivation ridges (“lazy beds”). It should be noted that the walkway does get quite busy. Even in bad weather there can be a lot of congestion on the latter 2km climb on the stairway.
Note: Access to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain beyond the viewing platform is not permitted. All photos captured with the iPhone 11 as even with weather sealing it was too wet to bring out a camera.
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