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13 Sep 2016

Armagh’s bilingual hillwalking group Siúil is set to recommence their monthly walking programme on Saturday 1 October. The group will be visiting the stunning Cuilcagh Mountain, which is the highest peak in counties Fermanagh and Cavan and the 125th highest mountain in Ireland. Cuilcagh Mountain is located near the Marble Arch Caves and Geopark and has recently seen the introduction of a wooden boardwalk to protect the rare blanket bog from erosion and to make the mountain more accessible to walkers.

Cuilcagh Mountain is one of the most important upland breeding sites for the Golden Plover and a prominent feeding and roosting site for the Greenland White-Footed geese, an internationally protected species. Plants such as Sphagnum, mosses, heathers, and Sundew (which catches and digests insects) thirve on the wet blanket bog around Cuilcagh. Rarer plants like the Dwarf Willow and Starry Saxifrage flourish on the steep northern-facing scarp slope and the boulder fields below. Meadow pipits, skylarks and hen harriers occur in this area while golden plover breed in small numbers on the bog. Foxes and Irish hares are frequently seen and in winter snow buntings have been recorded.Meadow pipits, skylarks and hen harriers occur in this area while golden plover breed in small numbers on the bog.Foxes and Irish hares are frequently seen and in winter snow buntings have been recorded.Meadow pipits, skylarks and hen harriers occur in this area while golden plover breed in small numbers on the bog.

The walk will be led by experienced hillwalker and mountaineer Éamonn Ó Flanagáin. The climb on Cuilcagh will commence at 11.30am at the carpark on Marlbank Road in Legnabrocky, County Fermanagh.
The group has already completed numerous hillwalks this year in the Belfast mountains, on Slieve Foy, Kilbroney Park and Slieve Donard. If you wish to take part in the Cuilcagh hillwalk on Saturday 1 October or for further information on the walking group, contact Cairde Teo at sean@cairdeteo.com or 028 3751 5229.