Lough Navar Forest & Magho Cliffs
Lough Navar Forest near Derrygonnelly contains lakes, peat bogs, exposed cliffs and some amazing viewpoints. The north-facing sandstone scarps are botanically important for arctic-alpine species, most notably one-sided wintergreen, yellow mountain saxifrage, shady horsetail, holly fern and green spleenwort. Hen harriers, sparrowhawks, jays and ravens may be spotted throughout the year while crossbills and cuckoos also occur. Woodcock breed in the clearings while smaller birds, which are more likely to be heard than seen, include coal tits, goldcrests, treecreepers, and siskins. Red deer and feral goats can be seen from the forest tracks. The area is rich in insects with common hawker and black darter dragonflies being frequently seen while in August peacock butterflies occur in large numbers feeding on devil’s-bit scabious.
Within the Lough Navar forest are many way-marked walking trails highlighting short and longer walks. Particularly lovely is the Blackslee Waterfall trail which is edged with deciduous scrub and so in springtime there are many primroses, anemones, wild garlic, bluebells and violets.
Magho Cliffs Walk
The viewpoint is the stunning background for 2 way-marked walks: one a steep 1 mile/1.5km assent and the othere a leisurely 0.4m/600m trail. Marvel at the magnificent views over Lower Lough Erne and the Erne estuary, with its islands and promontories. There are also panoramic views of Mullaghmore and Slieve League.