SOLD: Cuilcagh Wood and Meadows £45,000 Freehold


Fermanagh some of the prettiest woodland in Northern Ireland, and at Cuilcagh Wood you can acquire a young woodland with hedgerow trees, some open ground and outstanding waterfront. The whole area used to be farmed, as is evidenced by the field boundaries formed from banks, ditches, hedges and stone walls. As on other nearby farms, dense woodland has primarily established itself on the more inaccessible areas. At Cuilcagh Wood this has taken place on the sloping, rocky ground leading down to the shores of Lough Macnean. However, now that grazing has ceased on the meadow land further up the hill, young pioneer species such as birch, alder and willow have started to establish, and this growth is sure to thicken up over the coming years.

The access to the wood, which is exclusively for Cuilcagh Wood, has good views of the Black River and its valley, and the Leitrim hills. The fledgling growth of alder and birch in this area gives a blank canvas for a new owner to plant some of their favourite trees. This wood has its own exclusive parking area which is sheltered by birch trees and surrounded by wiild flowers commonly seen in woodlands such as dog rose, primroses, orchids and violets grow. The meadows between these field boundaries are species rich with flowers such as speedwell, lady's smock, marsh lousewort, tormentil, common vetch, ragged robin, red clover, marsh thistle, meadowsweet and orchids as well as the ubiquitous buttercup and daisies, among others.

As you meander along the grassy ride you will soon reach a rustic bench, from where you can admire one of the best vistas in the county - of Upper Lough Macnean's wooded shores framing a distant view of the distinctive flat top of Cuilcagh Mountain.

Cuilcagh Wood has still more surprises up its sleeve as the ride leads you down towards the lough and into a mixed natural woodland of birch, alder, willow and hazel. These are the same "pioneer" species that would have colonised Ireland after the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last ice age. A rudimentary path has been cleared which winds its way down through the trees and across the old stone walls which formed the boundaries between tiny fields many years ago, to the lough shore at the foot of the slope. Look out for the blue paint on the trees which marks the pathway. Don't miss the stately oak tree as you near the end of the path. Oaks are a climax species, and they only begin to dominate woodland after the pioneer phase has been underway for some time. Woodland flowers abound in this area, with plentiful violets and primroses, as well as small groups of orchids thriving in the cool, shady conditions.

Finally you reach the real jewel in the crown - your own private south facing beach, with outstanding views across the lough to Cuilcagh Mountain 10 miles away. On a fine spring day this secluded spot is like nowhere else, with the sun arcing across a clear blue sky as you relax on the beach, or wade out into the gently shelving shallows. To your right, the western shore lies in the Republic of Ireland, adding to the uniqueness.

Upper Lough Macnean is split between Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland and Counties Cavan and Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. It offers excellent coarse fishing, and lies in a beautiful wooded setting, surrounded by limestone hills.

Cuilcagh Wood is in an endlessly fascinating area which is richly diverse in terms of ecology, geology and politics. The wider landscape is referred to as the Fermanagh Caveland within the Northern Ireland Landscape Assessment. The acclaimed Marble Arch cave is part of the larger UNESCO Marble Arch Geopark, which was the first such region to span an international border. As described by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the Geopark has over 50 incredible sites including breath-taking viewpoints, magical waterfalls, wonderful wetlands and fantastic forests. The border counties of Cavan, Leitrim and Donegal provide the opportunity to get to know another country. Lough Erne is a boating paradise, and Enniskillen is a fine town with a wide range of shops. Belleek is world famous for its pottery. Blacklion and Belcoo are charming border villages with good accommodation and a range of shops and services.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.

Wood maps

Wood map


The northern and western boundaries are marked by hedges and stock fences.

The eastern boundary is marked by a line of red stakes / red painted tree trunks.

The southern boundary is formed by the shore of Lough Macnean Upper.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 17
  • Nearest post code: BT93 5EL
  • GPS coordinates: 54.3368, -7.9774

Location map


Cuilcagh Wood lies on Drumkeenagh Lane, about 5 miles north west of Belcoo, close to the border with Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland. It can be reached from Enniskillen in about half an hour.

1.Click here for Bing Maps Directions enter your own postcode, (the coordinates for the end of Drumkeenagh Lane are ready entered) .

2. For Satnav: the nearest postcode is BT93 5EL on Lattone Road, as shown by the red dot on the maps: the coordinates are: N54.337877 W7.796184 for the entranceway.

Travelling from Enniskillen take the A4 to Belcoo. In the village turn right towards Garrison and stay on this road for 5½ miles when you will see a small sign on the left announcing Drumkeenagh Lane.

Take Drumkeenagh Lane and follow it for 300m until you reach a steep concrete lane on your left; take this and the entrance to Cuilcagh Wood is a short distance up on the right.

Please park in front of the gate without blocking the lane.

Please do not continue any further along Drumkeenagh Lane or up the hill past the entrance to the wood as these lead to private residences.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

Free copies of two woodland books

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

Fermanagh in a microcosm - Cuilcagh Wood showcases the best of Fermanagh scenery, with far reaching views of mountain and lough, beautiful wild flowers, natural woodland and includes lough frontage and shore.

Managed by Andrew Clark

Telephone: 07977 499714

Email: [email protected]