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AboutAghanaglack is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. This circular walk within Ballintempo Forest in west Fermanagh is largely along forest tracks and passes a classic Dual Court Tomb which is managed by the NI Environment Agency. In its original state the tomb was roofed with large stone slabs and then covered with stones and possibly earth. An elevated site amongst the conifers, it was constructed when there were fewer surrounding trees, allowing for spectacular views across the area.
Ballintempo Forest forms one section of the largest continuous forestry track in Northern Ireland. This forest is steeped in geology, local myths and wildlife; so there is something for everyone. Keep a look out for upland birds such as merlin and hen harrier.
From the car park, follow the black route, as indicated by the way marked posts. The route takes you along forest tracks with clear views opening out along the way. The landscape throughout the first section of the walk is predominately blanket bog, previously hand cut for turf, an age old tradition on the island of Ireland. Continuing further along the track there are glimpses of Cuilcagh Mountain, Fermanagh's highest point, with its distinctive plateau-shape and stepped profile. Soon, you will pass Brimstone Rock a large outcrop of sandstone. It is commonly held that Brimstone Rock was used as a mass rock during the seventeenth century when Catholic worship was declared illegal. This is the perfect spot to take a moment to rest on the bench provided and enjoy the forest and lakeside views. Continue downhill to skirt the reedy shoreline of Lough Blockent and visit Aghnaglack Court Tomb itself. Simply follow the meandering forest track through the remaining coniferous plantation back to the car park. Please note: This Forest is managed sustainably by NI Forest Service. The walk is situated in a working forest environment and may be subject to diversions and closure from time to time.
All types of terrain
Point of interest:
Arguably the most intriguing feature along the walk is the dual court tomb at Aghanaglack. This ritual burial site dates from the Neolithic period between 4,000 and 2,000 years B.C.
Car parking available, nearest amenities Belcoo.
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark: Forest Walks Booklet.
Conditions likely to be encountered: Steps, gullies, fences, streams, boulders, severe gradients, undefined edges, overhanging branches, some rest areas, way-finding markers at trail junctions. Wheelchair access is not possible due to path gradients.
Walk interpretation panel, route way marked.
- Free (parking charges may apply)