Cuilcagh Boardwalk is a famous walking route suitable for all ability levels. If you’re planning to explore it then it’s best to go prepared and know in advance how to make the most of your time there. We’ve pulled together key information about the boardwalk, including where to park, what to expect and top tips from the local park ranger, Dr Kate Crane. 

Where is the Cuilcagh Boardwalk located? 

Situated on the doorstep of the Marble Arch Caves, the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail (also known as "the Stairway to Heaven") is 10 miles from the island town of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The boardwalk is a 2-hour drive from Belfast and 1 hour 40-minute drive from Derry. The boardwalk is most easily accessed by car, however public transport links are limited. The nearest bus station is over 6km away.

How long is the Cuilcagh Boardwalk? 

The boardwalk trail is a round trip of 11km from the car park to the viewing platform, at the top of the mountain. 

Passing through a fascinating limestone landscape, before you reach the boarded walkway, the walk begins along a gravel path from the car park which is a total of 4km long. 

Once you reach the boardwalk, you will then begin the ascent of Cuilcagh Mountain, which is 1.5km long. This section of the trail is constructed out of wooden planks, forming a boardwalk which protects the delicate blanket bog underneath.  

As you reach the peak, a steep set of steps leads to the infamous viewing platform, which provides breathtaking views of the nearby lowlands and a chance for a well-earned rest before beginning your descent. 

Ranger Kate’s Tips

Dr Kate Crane, a ranger for the Cuilcagh Boardwalk and nearby Marble Arch Caves, has responsibility for the management and protection of the trail and local landscape. 

Kate recommends coming prepared with water, snacks, suitable footwear and weather appropriate clothing. At all times of year wet weather gear is advisable – you can expect 4 seasons in a day here. In summertime, bring insect repellant and suntan lotion – there are lots of midges, and it’s easy to get burnt as there is no shade.  

The nearest facilities are at Marble Arch Caves, 0.7 miles away from the trail car park. Opening hours differ each month, so be sure to check these in advance. There are also toilets available at Killykeeghan Nature Reserve, 1 mile from Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail, open daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm. 

It is especially important if you visit during the cooler months to bring sturdy walking boots, and waterproof, warm layers. All year round, the weather on Cuilcagh Mountain and the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail can change suddenly and turn unfavourable. It is important to be prepared for this. 

Of the changeable weather, Kate says “It is often difficult to believe the difference in conditions from the car park  to those you will encounter at the top of the mountain. The temperatures can be sub-zero in the winter, and it is important to be prepared for the exposure, as well as cold and slippery conditions.” 

Finally, to keep Cuilcagh tidy for all our visitors, please bring your rubbish home. We support the #LeaveNoTrace campaign, and ask that all visitors respect the environment. Stay on designated paths and follow the Leave No Trace principles, ensuring that this beautiful area remains unspoilt for generations to come. 

Essential information for planning your trip 

Timing: The boardwalk is open year-round, but it is best to check the official website HERE. 

Planning: Check in advance of travelling for any planned or unexpected maintenance or seasonal closures. Plan your visit for during daytime hours to fully appreciate the stunning views. Be aware that the trail can be very busy during peak times of the year, such as the Easter and Summer holidays. 

Weather: We recommend checking the weather forecast in advance of your trip, regardless of the time of year. For the best views from the mountain peak, plan your climb for a day of high visibility.  

Parking: There is a car park located at the start of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail which can accommodate a limited number of cars for £6 per car. This is privately owned and operates a pre-booking system which can be accessed HERE. There is free parking available at the Killykeeghan Nature Reserve 1 mile from Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail.  

Bring a picnic: There are no facilities at Cuilcagh Boardwalk and the nearest facilities are 0.7 miles away at Marble Arch Caves. It is recommended you bring water and snacks to keep energy levels up and perhaps a flask on colder days. After you have completed the boardwalk, consider heading over to the café at the Marble Arch Caves to enjoy locally made traybakes, or to Enniskillen just 10 miles away where there are lots of great restaurants and eateries, including The Firehouse or Street Kitchen.

Time: Allow 3 to 4 hours to complete your walk.


The Cuilcagh Boardwalk doubles as an opportunity to experience the untouched beauty of County Fermanagh's wilderness and a hiking trail, so make sure to take advantage during your next trip to this part of the world. Arrange your visit, enjoy the spectacular scenery, and allow the Cuilcagh Boardwalk to guide you on a remarkable journey through the heart of County Fermanagh.

Marble Arch Caves
Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark

Marble Arch Caves- Magical, Unique and Memorable. The Marble Arch Caves is a major tourist attraction, set in the picturesque foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain, just a short journey from the Island town of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail
Walking & Hiking
Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail

The Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail meanders through one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in Northern Ireland, traversing over tracks, boardwalk and staircase. A steep climb is required to reach the viewing platform which provides breath taking views of the surrounding low lands.