Killykeeghan National Nature Reserve
On this leisurely guided walk, learn about Killykeegnaan Nature Reserve which is steeped in folklore and history. Discover the geology of the limestone landscape, its rocks, rivers and mountain. Just a stone’s throw away from the popular Marble Arch Caves and Fermanagh’s most iconic natural feature, Cuilcagh Mountain, Killykeen Nature Reserve provides visitors with panoramic views of the surrounding area.
An area built and carved by sea and ice, and home to a series of human communities for thousands of years, local life continues to this day as people go about their daily lives living on the land. Although life is much different to that of our early ancestors who arrived at Killykeeghan, many traditions remain, a tribute to the rich history and heritage, a legacy left behind. A connection between people and place with determination and persistence, and one which we can enjoy learning about today.
At a glance the surface offers panoramic views which capture the essence of the island county. Breath-taking views of Cuilcagh Mountain, the vast lakelands off in the distance, the small micro-habitats sheltering between green rolling hills and a carpet of limestone grassland. Below lays the perfect ingredients for a world of caves and passages to form. All tell a story, a timeline and sequence of events which shaped our world and the lives of those who call the area home.
This event will also consist of a visit to the Mc Grath cottage.
The guided walk will be taken by Ian Sturdee. Ian has worked for the Marble Arch Caves for 20 years, as Cave Tour Guide, Education Guide and Events Guide. Ian’s wealth of knowledge and understanding of Killykeeghan’s geology, biodiversity, history and heritage are outstanding. His storytelling skills, love of the landscape and personality bring this guided walk to life.
Bring a camera/mobile to capture your own snapshots of this wonderful reserve.
The walk begins at Killykeeghan Nature Reserve. Please meet and register your arrival with your Event Guide Ian 15 minutes prior to the walk start time. Please follow the link for directions, the meeting point is the location marked ‘Cuilcagh Boardwalk Trail Toilet & Facilities’ on the map on the following link (see directions).
What to wear
This is an outdoor event, please wear comfortable (flat) outdoor footwear and bring waterproof clothing.