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Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

Cuilcagh many different natural habitats mean it is a perfect place to enjoy nature.

From the summit, there are breathtaking 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.

Blanket bogs are wet, squelchy places where the peat forms from the remains of mosses and other plants in a layer typically 2-3 meters deep and supporting unique plants, animals and insects that are adapted to the water-logged ground.

Blanket bogs usually exist alongside other habitat types and on Cuilcagh, areas of heath are commonly mistaken for blanket bog as they contain many of the same types of plants and animals. Montane heath is an extremely rare type of heathland, found on the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain, which is one of only a handful of locations in Ireland.

Many streams and rivers flow off the upper slopes of Cuilcagh through the blanket bog and sink into the limestone carving out a network of hidden caves. The lower slopes of Cuilcagh are dominated by rare limestone grasslands that are awash with colour when wildflowers and herbs burst into life in the spring. Cuilcagh also supports a diverse range of animal, bird and insect life including the rare Golden Plover.

Woodford River Walk – Ballyconnell

Woodford River Walk – Ballyconnell

Start point carpark opposite supermarket, continue your path along the river till you eventually emerge into open fields on the right & the river on the left. Continue on to Annagh Woods, keeping right and enjoy the circular walk through the forest which is part of the old Ballyconnell Demesne with many native Irish trees. Keep left when path fork’s, continue along the edge of the forest till you meet canal footpath, turn left for home or if you want to cross the footbridge this will bring you into the town back to carpark.

Slieve Rushen Walk

Slieve Rushen Walk

Trail head located in Bawnboy village, follow the map out of the village to start the gentle assent into the Slieve Rushen Mountain, with stunning views the higher you go and different loops to take. Maps available from The Keepers Arms

The Bawnboy Loop

The Bawnboy Loop

Located just outside Bawnboy village from the car park follow the blue markers through the forest with a steady climb of 130 meters to the viewing area where you can see down to Brackley Lake, the walk starts to descend & bring you back to the carpark. Time 1 hours

Slieve Rushen Walk

Trail head located in Bawnboy village, follow the map out of the village to start the gentle assent into the Slieve Rushen Mountain, with stunning views the higher you go and different loops to take. Maps available from The Keepers Arms

Killykeen Forest Park

Killykeen Forest Park

This wonderful park is located 6km from Killeshandra just 30 minutes from the Keepers Arms.

There are 4 marked trails and a family cycle trail in the park. Killykeen lies on the shores of Lough Oughter, part of the river Erne System.

A variety of water fowl, birds, – mallards, tufted duck are to be spotted. Great family day out.