Cuilcagh Lakelands UNESCO Global Geopark
Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark, one of four transnational Geoparks in the world as it straddles county Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Cavan in the Republic of Ireland, became the world’s first cross border Geopark in 2008. Established across almost 20,000 hectares of public land it is jointly managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council.
In November 2015, the Geopark was awarded UNESCO status. UNESCO Global Geopark status is awarded to areas with internationally important geological heritage that also have a sustainable tourism strategy so that they benefit the local and regional economy.
Previously named the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, in 2021 it underwent a rebranding exercise and is now formally known as Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark.
The Geopark is home to a fascinating variety of geology, natural landscapes and historic relics. Major lakes, gently rolling drumlins and winding rivers are set against the dramatic backdrop of spectacular cliffs, rugged outcrops, hidden caves and a fabulous array of natural habitats and species. It also contains prehistoric tombs, Iron Age forts, early Christian monasteries, and Plantation Castles – all of which have good public access all year round.
A few of the key sites within the Geopark, is the Marble Arch Caves, Cuilcagh Mountain Park and the Cavan Burren Park.
For further information on Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark, including attractions, events and education, visit Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark or call the Geopark Office on +353 (0)719853692.