Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark
The Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, which straddles counties Fermanagh and Cavan, became the world’s first cross border Geopark in 2008. Established across almost 20,000 hectares of public land it is jointly managed by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Cavan County Council.
In November 2015, the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark was awarded UNESCO status making it Northern Ireland’s second only UNESCO supported location alongside the Giant’s Causeway in Co. Antrim. UNESCO Global Geopark status is awarded to areas with internationally important geological heritage that also have a sustainable tourism strategy so that they benefit the local and regional economy.
With over 50 sites across the UNESCO Global Geopark, it is home to a fascinating variety of geology, natural landscapes and historic relics. Major lakes, gently rolling drumlins and winding rivers are set against the dramatic backdrop of spectacular cliffs, rugged outcrops, hidden caves and a fabulous array of natural habitats and species. It also contains prehistoric tombs, Iron Age forts, early Christian monasteries and Plantation Castles – all of which have good public access all year round.
A few of the key sites within the UNESCO Global Geopark, is the Marble Arch Caves, Cuilcagh Mountain Park and the Cavan Burren Park.
For further information on the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, including attractions, events and education, visit www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com or call the Geopark Office on +44 (0)28 66321815.