In order to preserve Ireland’s largest blanket bog and ensure social distancing, visitors are now asked to pre-book parking for the Stairway to Heaven climb
On the May Bank Holiday weekend, Cuilcagh Boardwalk unveils an easy-to-use online car park booking system. The booking system will operate on a first-come-first-serve basis and marks the beginning of new, sustainable development plans for the popular Irish attraction.
The Cuilcagh walking trail, which is four miles in length and ends with a final ascent via a steep section of wooden steps locally nicknamed The Stairway To Heaven, has seen a steady rise in the number of visitors each year since it opened, thanks to its Instagram-worthy views.
As summer approaches, Irish hikers are expected to flock to the Co Fermanagh walking trail as COVID-19 restrictions ease. As we have seen at popular beauty spots around the country, crowds can lead not only to poor adherence to social distancing, but also irresponsible parking.
Parking irresponsibly not only prevents emergency services from accessing in the case of an injury on the trail, but also causes damage to the landscape.
Lower daily numbers will also ensure the protection of the grounds and surrounding habitat, the original cause that led to the construction of the boardwalk by UNESCO-endorsed Marble Arch Caves Geopark, with the paths meandering through one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland.
To book a slot, hikers must visit theboardwalk.ie and select the desired timeslot. Bookings will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis and will be available for three hour slots for £6 per car. Twenty car parking spaces will be available per hour. Customers will then receive a booking confirmation to gain entry to the premium car park close to the trail.
With the enforcement of the new booking system, premium car parking will be limited to pre-booking only, unless there are timeslots remaining on the day. The new booking system marks the beginning of development plans for our car park and new on-site toilet facilities.