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Cuilcagh Scenic Drive

Cuilcagh Scenic Drive – a 50 Mile Drive Around The Highlands of Fermanagh and Cavan

This 50 mile / 80km drive around the beautiful Cuilcagh Mountians of Counties Fermanagh and Cavan encompasses all of the main attractions and viewpoints of the area.

  • Explore landscapes ranging from the wondeful limestone pavements of the Marlbank and the Cavan Burren to the Spectacular underground world of the Marble Arch Caves.
  • Tour the stunning house and gardens at Florencecourt or visit the old spa wells of picturesque Swanlibar.
  • Stop at Shannon Pot and reflect on the old legend associated with this, the source of Ireland’s longest river, or visit the many ancient monuments left behind by generations long forgotten.

The Cuilcagh area offers a range of guest accommodation and restaurants, notably in the villages of Blacklion, Belcoo and Swanlibar. Although only 50 miles long, this drive has so much to offer that a full day won’t do it justice.

The Starting Point: Enniskillen

The Cuilcagh Scenic Drive begins in the picturesque town of Enniskillen, situated in County Fermanagh. Nestled between the serene Lough Erne and surrounded by rolling green hills, Enniskillen is an excellent starting point for your journey. Before setting out, take some time to explore this charming town, visit Enniskillen Castle, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shores of Lough Erne.

The Route Unfolds: Highlights Along the Way

As you embark on your journey, you’ll be treated to a diverse array of landscapes, historic sites, and hidden gems. Here are some of the highlights you can expect along the Cuilcagh Scenic Drive:

1. Lough Navar Forest: Your journey kicks off with a drive through the tranquil Lough Navar Forest. The winding roads offer stunning vistas of Lough Erne and the surrounding woodlands.

2. Marble Arch Caves: A short detour takes you to the Marble Arch Caves, a subterranean wonderland with awe-inspiring limestone formations. Guided tours provide an opportunity to explore this underground marvel.

3. Cuilcagh Mountain: The drive takes you past Cuilcagh Mountain, known for its distinctive stairway boardwalk that leads to the summit. This is an excellent spot for a hike and a chance to soak in panoramic views of the region.

4. Upper Lough MacNean: The route meanders along the shores of Upper Lough MacNean, offering serene waterside views, and the opportunity for a picnic or a peaceful walk along the shore.

5. Blacklion and Belcoo: Crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland, you’ll come across the charming villages of Blacklion and Belcoo. These towns provide a taste of local culture, with welcoming pubs and traditional Irish charm.

6. Florence Court House: This 18th-century Palladian mansion and its stunning gardens are a testament to the opulence of the past. Florence Court House is worth a stop for history enthusiasts and those who appreciate remarkable architecture.

7. The Shannon-Erne Waterway: The drive will lead you to the picturesque Shannon-Erne Waterway, a tranquil canal network connecting the River Shannon with the Erne System. It’s a picturesque location for a leisurely walk or a quiet boat ride.

Completing the Journey: Enniskillen and Beyond

As you circle back towards Enniskillen, you’ll find yourself awe-inspired by the natural beauty, rich history, and warm hospitality of this region. The Cuilcagh Scenic Drive is an unforgettable journey through the Highlands of Fermanagh and Cavan that showcases the best of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Planning Your Journey

Before embarking on the Cuilcagh Scenic Drive, make sure to check for any road closures or detours, as well as the operating hours of visitor centers and attractions along the route. While a day trip is possible, consider taking your time to savor the journey by booking accommodation in one of the charming towns along the way.

So, grab your map, fill up the tank, and get ready for a memorable 50-mile journey through the Highlands of Fermanagh and Cavan on the Cuilcagh Scenic Drive. This is a route that will leave you with indelible memories of Ireland’s natural beauty and cultural richness.

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