FERMANAGH’s newest and biggest tourist attraction may be a step closer to obtaining much needed facilities. Cuilcagh Boardwalk has become an Internet sensation with people travelling from all over the country to undertake the 7.4km scenic climb.
However the tourist attraction currently has no toilet facilities onsite, and has previously been criticised due to the lack of car parking available for climbers. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are planning to undertake a feasibility study, in the hope of improving infrastructure in the area.
Meanwhile, local businesses have been tapping into the Cuilcagh scuccess story.
Rosemary Armstong, of Arch House Bed and Breakfast, on the Marble Arch Road, Florencecourt has seen the number of people visiting increase due to the Cuilcagh boardwalk.
“I have been in business for the past 31 years, and it is only this year that I have noticed any increase in the number of people who are checking in to do the Cuilcagh mountain boardwalk. I think that it is social media and the number of people sharing the walk online that is contributing to the number of visitors – I would get a lot of people coming from the South to visit.”
Rosemary continued, “I think it still needs to be publicised a bit more, as a lot of people in the North still do not know about the attraction. Parking is an issue here but some people do use the Marble Arch Caves carpark. I have actually had people come and visit Cuilcagh, and did not know about the caves, and when they went, they loved it.
The two tourist attractions should be marketed together to increase the number of visitors to the County,” added Rosemary.