MARBLE ARCH CAVES
MARBLE ARCH CAVES
OK, WHO CAN REMEMBER WHICH ONE’S A STALACTITE AND A STALAGMITE?
Another one for the Northern Ireland bucket list!
With the Boardwalk at Cuilcagh Mountain pretty much world famous now, visitor numbers to this part of Fermanagh have soared in the last 18 months…
…but deep beneath the foothills of Fermanagh’s highest point, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is very much still a tourist hot spot, with visitors flocking to see its underwater rivers, waterfalls, caverns and rock formations.
It’s hard to believe the caves were first explored over 100 years ago.
In contrast to those candles-on-head days, the cave system is now easily enjoyed through a series of suspended walkways, short boat trips and even a pathway which actually parts a river!
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A basic level of fitness is needed though, especially with the 150-odd steps up at the end.
(Note, at present the caves do not have wheelchair access - see here for all info you need to plan your trip).
The caves close each year from November to February (and at other ad-hoc times during the ‘open’ season) due to high rainfall. So plan ahead!
At the end of your 75 minute cave tour, before heading back through the Gift Shop, head back over to the gate where you first set off earlier. There’s a great little signposted walking trail that’s worth checking out.
Keep any wee’uns in sight - even with the safety fencing around, there are still a few steep drops in the forest.
Is that tree being hugged by another tree?
Make sure you follow Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark on Facebook, for the very latest news and events at the caves and nearby Cuilcagh Mountain Boardwalk.
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A few of the places we visited - click for more pics & info >