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West Fermanagh Loop
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West Fermanagh Loop

The landscape west of Enniskillen is as rugged and beautiful as it comes. This is a long, tough day with challenging terrain but the scenery keeps pulling you through this incredible landscape. This circular route leaves Enniskillen Town Centre using part of the Kingfisher Trail National Cycle Network 91 and traverses along the quiet country roads of Route 3.

CountyFermanaghDistance73 miles
Nearest TownEnniskillenOS Map17
Route TypeLakeland, Parkland and Grassland, Riverside, UrbanRoute ShapeCircular
AONBFermanaghGrid Ref (Start)H240440
Public RoadsOn Public RoadGrid Ref (End)H240440

Terrain

Well maintained tarmac roads

Point of Interest

Lough Navar Forest, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Florence Court

Route Description

Leave from Enniskillen and follow route 3 onto the Derrygonnelly Road following the route carefully as it twists and turns onto Greystone Road through the townland of Rigg. Upon approaching the next junction, you can loop through Boho, past the High Cross and around Ross Lough National Nature Reserve (NNR). Alternatively cross the Monea Road and begin the steady, steep climb to the road running high above the B81 and Lower Lough Erne. Pull in at Derrygonnelly for a quick map check, clip back in and pull yourself over to Correl Glen NNR. At this point detour into Lough Navar Forest for alpine-like climbs to the viewpoint on the Cliffs of Magho. It is steep but worth every pedal stroke. Upon exiting the forest drop down into Garrison where there are spectacular views of Lough Melvin stretching off in the distance below.

Pick up the Kingfisher Trail, Route 91, on the return leg for a flat, fast sprint into Kiltyclogher. Beyond Kiltyclogher the route begins by climbing gradually above Lough Melvin and drops down into the border town of Belcoo. From here it's a very steep climb to the magnificent Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark – if you're making good time then it's well worth the 75 minute tour. Upon passing the caves drop down through the village of Florencecourt but be careful of the rough tracks through the National Trust's property. Directional signage through here still to be completed. Finally, follow the National Route 91 along the quiet back roads back into Enniskillen Town Centre.

Getting to the Start

To get to Enniskillen from Belfast take the M1 and continue to follow the A4 West bound passing through Fivemiletown.

Traffic

Quiet country roads, busy through Enniskillen

Facilities

Cafés, public houses, restaurants, toilets, accommodation

Information for People with a Disability

This route has accessible toilet facilities.

Well maintained tarmac roads.

Available Publication

The Kingfisher Trail

Sustrans Shop

Links

Cycle Hire

Corralea Activity Centre Ltd
Upper Lough MacNean, Belcoo, Corralea
Phone: +44 (0)28 6638 6123

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