There is nothing I enjoy more than discovering new cultures, exploring new countries and experiencing different places. However, travelling isn't always about jumping on a plane to a new foreign destination. Sometimes there is plenty to discover, explore and experience right on your front doorstep. I love finding new things to see and do in the place I call home, 'Ireland'.
So recently I ventured on a day trip into the sky (no joke). On a sunny day in April, I decided to go on a road trip up to County Fermanagh with my friend Lauren. We wanted to tackle 'Cuilcagh Mountain' otherwise known as 'Irelands Stairway to Heaven'.
And So We Begin ... Irelands Stairway to Heaven
We started our day off with a two hour long car journey. Safe to say our legs where in need of a good stretch. And Hey! I can't think of a better way to do that other than climbing 450 steps! 😉
The Cuilcagh carpark is connected to the boardwalk by stoney trail. Along this trail we saw some pretty rivers, some cute wildlife and luckily a great blue sky.
'Follow the yellow brick road ... '
As we approached the boardwalk we could already see the beautiful 'Cuilcagh Mountain' before us. The boardwalk reminded me of something out of the Wizard of Oz, you just need to substitute the yellow brick road for a wood path. (In my mind it makes sense).
The 'Cuilcagh Mountain' is located on the border of County Fermanagh Northern Ireland and County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland. It is the highest mountain in both counties with a height of 2188 feet. With views for miles and miles once you reach the summit.
Onwards to the Stairway to Heaven ...
We continued to follow the path of the boardwalk until we came to the stairway. I have never been so excited to climb several stairs before. We put one foot in front of the other and began our ascent. About half way up we paused to take in the beautiful views. To the left of us was a glacier formed lake, lake Atana, to the right was the the boardwalk we just walked and beyond was the breathtaking views of County Fermanagh. It truly was an amazing sight. Irelands Stairway to Heaven
On Top of the World ...
After taking our short pit stop we continued on. The higher we got the better the views. Once we reached the summit, we celebrated by taking photographic evidence. A victory photo of sorts. We then more importantly found the perfect spot to eat our lunch. Ignoring this daring sign: Irelands Stairway to Heaven
It's basically asking you to disobey it. 😉 We couldn't of asked for better weather, while we sat on a rock at the top of the summit, munching on our well deserved lunch.
After lunch we started our decent down the mountain, which is a lot easier then walking up it. It was a lovely walk, one I'd defiantly do again.
If you have any questions regarding this walk don't hesitate to ask me in the comment box below. Until next time. Slán go fóill.