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.
Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Mountain Weather
Like all mountains, weather conditions can change quickly.
It’s recommended that you check weather conditions in advance of your visit.
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?
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.