Show caves ready for influx of tourists after painstaking preparation
As the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark prepares to officially open to the public again on St.Patrick’s Day next week, The Impartial Reporter took a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the work staff undertake to ensure Fermanagh’s underground attraction is ready for the new season.
Staff at the famous Fermanagh caves are looking forward to a busy season, with a German tour company already arranging to visit the attraction on a regular basis, bringing in excess of 5,000 to 6,000 German tourists to the area alone this year.READ MORE ….Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
Marble Arch Caves Geo Park, Co. Fermanagh, great place to visit…kids of all ages love the caves but there are also beautiful walks in the park, Florence Court House is just down the road so is The Shannon Pot and Neven Mcguire’s famous restaurant in Blacklion. And if you are looking for accommodation Lake Avenue House B&B is the perfect place to stay……
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark – Cosmic Cuilcagh
Date and time: 25 February 2012 @ 11:00 to 26 February 2012 @ 17:00
Location: Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre
The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in West Cavan and West Fermanagh is fortunate enough to have some of the clearest skies in the north of Ireland. In recognition of this we have teamed up once again with the staff from the Armagh Planetarium to host Cosmic Cuilcagh, a weekend of star-gazing and astronomical activities at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre.
Starting at 11am on Saturday 25th February, activities will include visiting the Planetarium’s mobile stardome, star gazing walks with the Irish Astronomical Association, meteorite exhibitons and talks, and a whole host of other hands-on activities.
The event is completely free and runs from 11am until late on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. Star shows will take place at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm on both days
Marble Arch Caves Global GeoPark Events 2011
Sunday 18th of September, 2011
GeoPark Nature Walk: Killeshandra Looped Walk- Part of Fáilte Ireland’s Looped Walk Network, the forest and lake walk in Killeshandra is one of the most tranquil and relaxing of our Geopark walks. Join local wildlife expert, Heather Bothwell for this gentle stroll and find out about the wide range of trees, birds, insects and mammals that are all found along the way.Meet at town Lake, Killeshandra at 2pm, returning again at 4pm. Booking is essential for this event. Visit Marble Arch Caves Global GeoPark
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann-13th to 22nd August, 2011
The Geopark is contributing to this magnificent celebration of Irish heritage through a number of specially organized events throughout the area.
- The Tullyhaw Trail, following the McGovern Clan
Saturday 13th August 2011 from 10:00 to 17:00 Location: Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre
Admission: The cost of this event is €10 and includes a light lunch, refreshments and all entertainment. Places are strictly limited for this event so booking is essential.
Join local historian Oliver Brady as he follows in the footsteps of the McGovern Clan, visiting many of the archaeological and historic sites of the Geopark in West Cavan. The tour begins at Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre at 10am and will take in sites including Drumlane Abbey, St Mogue’s Island, Maguire’s Chair, Tullydermot Falls and the Shannon Pot. The day will finish with some light refreshments and entertainment at Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre.
- Family Friendly Day at Con Smith Park
14 August 2011 from 14:00 to 18:00 Location: Con Smith Park, Cavan
Admission: Free. Join Geopark staff for an arts and craft event as part of the Family Friendly Day in Con Smith Park, in Cavan town. Have a go at fossil rubbing, and learn how to make your own fossils whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the Fleadh. The event will take place from 2pm until 6pm, beside the Cavan Institute in Cavan Town.
- Historic tour of the Kilmore and Clogh Oughter Area
Tuesday 16th of August, 2011
- Storytelling at Clogh Oughter Castle
Wednesday 17th August, 2011 Costs €5
For more information of these and more events please go to Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark website
Going Batty: Geopark Bat Detectives
Date and time: 05 August 2011 from 21:00 to 23:00
Location: Courtyard Car Park, Castle Archdale Forest
Admission: Free however booking is essential
Join staff from the Northern Ireland Bat Group and discover more about some of our most elusive and mysterious mammals in their natural environment. The meeting point for this event is the Courtyard Car Park within Castle Archdale Country Park. Castle Archdale Country Park is located 10 miles north of Enniskillen. The event will begin at 9:00p.m. and finish at 11:00p..m.
This event is suitable for all the family. However, all children must be accompanied by adult. Please bring a hand or head torch. Warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are essential.
Booking is essential. For further information or to book your place please contact the Marble Arch Caves Visitor’s Centre via telephone on +44 (0) 28 6634 8855 or via e-mail at or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuilcagh Way Walking Guide-County Fermanagh- A Waymarked Way
A new excellent guide for walking in County Fermanagh, The Cuilcagh Way is a 33km waymarked circular route through a breathtaking patchwork of habitats in Western Fermanagh. It stretches from the low lies of Cladagh River, past Marble Arch Caves, to the blanket bog summit of Cuilcagh Mountain European Geopark. It returns via Florence court Forest Park, across the limestone pavement of Brookfield, skimming the base of the knolly Gortmaconnell Rock, to Marlbank Scenic Loop.
The Cuilcagh Way can be enjoyed in sections, and offers something to walkers of all abilities. Stunning views ans a chance to explore an astounding land of geology, wildlife, archaeology, folklore and natural history awaits you.
For more information contact Fermanagh Tourist Information Centre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7EF tel:028 6632 3110