The Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, is tucked away in the northwest corner of Ireland and straddles the border between counties Fermanagh and Cavan. This international Geopark takes in parts of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland allowing visitors to appreciate the best of what this unspoiled region has to offer.
Gently rolling drumlins and winding rivers set against a dramatic backdrop of spectacular cliffs, rugged rocky outcrops and upland blanket bog and underground cave systems set the stage for your visit. Sites like Marble Arch Caves, Cuilcagh Mountain Park and Cavan Burren Park are a must have experience by the 400,000 visitors we receive annually. Other scenic highlights include the major lake systems of the Erne, MacNean and Oughter, all combining to create a truly sensational blend of beautiful landscapes. It is not just the internationally important natural landscapes that make this area so special. Prehistoric tombs, Iron Age forts, early Christian monasteries, Plantation Castles and Glacial Erractics are scattered across the landscape, all of it reminding us of the intimate relationship that people have had with the landscape since their arrival in Ireland thousands of year ago. At the heart of the Geopark are the local people who live in it and who depend on tourism as one of the main drivers of the region’s economy.
Like all, UNESCO Global Geoparks, the Geopark focuses on conservation, education and geo-tourism, helping local communities to celebrate the links between the unique geology of their area and its natural, historical and cultural heritages. Their purpose is not just to conserve the environment but also to encourage its enjoyment and understanding by local communities and visitors alike through sustainable tourism.
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Number of Geosites
Enjoy the most beautiful landscapes and the most emblematic geosites in these unique and special territories.
The Geosites are locals of geological interest that represent the existing geodiversity and have a high educational, tourist and/or scientific level.
The geodiversity is present in the landscapes, that are the cradle for all the existing biodiversity in these territories.
Mountains and Uplands
The upland landscape of the Geopark is dominated by Cuilcagh Mountain, with its distinctive flat
The landscapes of the Geopark represent a complex Earth history dating as far back as 900 million
Uses and Customs
Geoparks are territories with a strong cultural and ethnological identity, which are represented by their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions have gained relevance throughout the centuries and became inseparable from the present and history of this regions and its people.
Between 1700 and the time of the Great Famine in the 1840s, Ireland’s population increased rapidly Farmers grew food mostly for subsistence, and due to the
The special landscapes of the Geopark have presented many issues and challenges for the people that have lived there, but they have also contributed to the
The experiences that geoparks provide, trigger authentic experiences and unforgettable emotions.
There is one commodity that is not is short supply within the Geopark and that is water and more
The rich limestone geology of Fermanagh and Cavan along with thousands of years of Eath Processes,
During your visit, geoparks have restaurants and accommodation available to complement and enrich your experience.
Museums / Interpretative Centre
Museums gather collections that allow us to better understand our existence and everything related to it. They are privileged spaces that tell us about the history of the Earth and life.
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Enniskillen Castle, picturesquely situated beside the River Erne, was built almost 600 years ago by
Cavan County Museum
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