The Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail: Walking Ireland’s Stairway To Heaven (Guide)

Everything you need to know before you go

The chances are you’ll have seen pictures posted on Instagram from people that have walked the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail.

They’re generally of the section of the walk that you’ll see in the photo above, taken at the top of the boardwalk, of the many steps leading to the bottom of the stairs.

Often referred to Ireland’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’, the view that you’re treated to from the top of the Cuilcagh Boardwalk is pretty damn special.

What you’ll get from reading this guide: everything you need to know for a hassle free visit, like:

  • How to get there
  • How to avoid parking woes
  • Walk distance
  • Loads more

Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail

cuilcagh mounran fermanagh
Photo by Matt Dean

The trail we’ll be chatting about below is called the ‘Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail’.

Here’s everything you need to know.

About the trail

This is one of several walks that you can take on the long distance Cuilcagh Waymarked Way – a 33km walking route that encapsulates Cuilcagh Mountain and the surrounding area.

The Cuilcagh Legnagbrocky Trail is a pretty straightforward route which will appeal to walkers of medium to high fitness levels.

climbing cuilcagh mountain
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

This isolated walking route showcases the scenic wilderness of Cuilcagh Mountain over the course of a moderate walk.

The trail meanders along a quiet (unless you arrive on a sunny Saturday morning like we did) farmland track before traversing the now iconic wooden boardwalk that consists of a steady climb to the mountain face.

Getting to Cuilcagh Mountain

I’ve been here twice over the past couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed both visit.

By car

We left from Dublin and found it pretty handy to find.  If you’re leaving from the capital, also, here’s the route to take.

The total journey time is just over 2 hours without stops.

For those of you travelling from elsewhere, just pop ‘Cuilcaigh Boardwalk‘ into Google maps and it’ll take you there.

cuilcagh mountain boardwalk
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Via a tour

This tour is ridiculously good value. 

It departs every Sunday At 7am and costs €58 (this includes a pass to the Marble Arch Caves.

A handy way of getting there and back if you haven’t got access to a car.

Driving? Parking can be a disaster, so take note!

Parking at cuilcagh boardwalk
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

When you arrive at the car park at the entrance to Cuilcagh Mountain, you’ll be asked to fork out £5, but they’ll take five euro if you haven’t any sterling.

It’s a 1km walk from this car park (the first of two) to where the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail starts.

The second car park is about a two minute drive along a narrow dusty road.

cuilcagh with a bitta snow
Cuilcagh Boardwalk during snowfall by @stevieb123 on Instagram

Here’s where you’ll encounter trouble if you arrive at Cuilcagh Mountain later in the morning.

As there was no one manning this extremely snug car park on the two occasions that I visited, there was havoc with people trying to manoeuvre and park.

We ended up on a grassy mound, which was fine, but others were stuck for a while as cars tried to turn and navigate their way back out.

dublin to cuilcagh mountain
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Cuilcagh Walk Time

We walked from the second car park, strolled along the boardwalk and then climbed the stairs to the top.

We then turned around and headed back down to the car.

This took 2 hours and 45 minutes. This includes around 20 minutes spent at the top admiring the view.

cuilcagh mountain
There’s loads of places to take a few minutes to admire the view that surrounds you: Photo © The Irish Road Trip

I found the climb pretty handy.

During this walk I did a fair bit of arsing around with cameras, so we had plenty of time to catch our breath whenever it was needed.

One thing that made the climb slightly challenging was the wind. It was super blustery from start to finish, so we were constantly battling against it.

Bring some form of windbreaker and you’ll be laughing!

As you get closer to the top it does get quite steep, but there was no point where it got to Croagh Patrick climbing-on-your-hands-and-knees-steep.

It’s a very manageable climb to the top.

Even if you did happen to climb Cuilcagh Mountain on a wet day, there’s a tonne of grip on the boardwalk, so I can’t imagine it ever becoming slippy to walk on.

cuilcagh legnabrocky trail blog
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Cuilcagh Mountain Weather

Like all mountains, weather conditions can change quickly.

It’s recommended that you check weather conditions in advance of your visit.

Here’s two websites you can use for checking the weather at Cuilcagh

Frequently Asked Questions

I published this guide back in 2017.

Since then, I’ve been getting weekly emails from those planning a visit. Here’s some of the most frequently asked questions about the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail:

Where is the stairway to heaven Northern Ireland?

You’ll find it on Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh.

Here it is on Google Map.

How long does it take to climb Cuilcagh mountain?

We did the walk from the second car park to the top of the boardwalk and back.

If you plan on following a similar route, it’ll take between 2.5 and 3 hours.

How do you pronounce Cuilcagh?

Personally, I say ‘Cul-cah‘, but you often hear people pronounce it ‘Kwel-cahh

Is Cuilcagh mountain open?

Cuilcagh has closed for several reasons over the past number of years.

If in doubt, the best way to confirm is to visit the Marble Arch websites.

Wrapping up – Is Cuilcagh worth the visit?

Yes.

Personally, before getting to Cuilcagh, the only photo that I’d seen of the place was from the top, staring down the boardwalk – what people don’t show you is the insanely picturesque views you can soak up during the climb.

The view of the richly coloured countryside in the distance was worth the trip alone.

getting from cuilcagh to dublin
Photo © The Irish Road Trip

And that's a wrap!
The Dublin to Cuilcagh road trip is one I’d wholeheartedly recommend. Have you given it a try? Or do you plan on giving it a go sometime soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. LOVE this post. I’ve been thinking of doingvthis hike but hadn’t done any research into how feasible it actually was.from Dublin. Nice work, sir, you’ve really helped me see how doable it is!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment! It’s well worth a lash, and it’s a nice handy spin from Dublin – just wrap up well. It’s the windiest place on earth! 🙂

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