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An offbeat alternative for visitors to Fermanagh
Marble Arch Caves (Enniskillen)
Member Name: tiaw
Marble Arch Caves (Enniskillen)
Advantages: Interesting and impressive
Disadvantages: A bit pricey, not open in Winter
The Marble Arch Caves make up part of a global geopark, and are located in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland - about 30 minutes from the provincial town of Enniskillen.
What makes them special is that they provide from some dramatic underground cavescapes are accessible to the public to boot.
Reaching them is not always simple. If travelling by road, google maps should provide better directions than I ever will. If on a tour, then you've nothing to worry about. If relying on public transport - then you may have a problem and be forced into taking a taxi all the way from Enniskillen, which will be costly.
If you do find a way to get to the Marble Arch Caves, entry is £8 for adults, £5 for children, and there is a whole other range of prices and packages available to cast your eyes over at their website: http://www.marblearchcaves.net/
What can you expect when you enter the "geopark"? You'll be assigned a particular tour group, usually including between 15-20 people. If you are short on time, try to book ahead, so as to secure your preferred slot.
You will then be taken by a specially trained tour leader, down some slopes and into the caves. Depending on who you get, you will either find yourself with a barrage of information - much of which is probably not that neccessary. Alternatively, it'll be just the right amount. Simply depends on the tour guide of the day.
Once down in the caves, you'll have the odd and also somewhat enjoyable experience of cruising through the caves in a small craft. That's because in order to reach the main area of the underground caves, you have to move through a small water system. The voyage lasts only 5 minutes, with safety instructions provided beforehand. It's altogether very easy going, but the less mobile will have to bear this in mind when choosing to go.
Once at the other end, you are taken on approximately a 1 mile walk through the cave system. Here, you are directed towards many of it's most interesting features, such as the stalactites and stalagmites, as well as some of the reflecting pools of water. Don't expect to get decent photographs, but do expect to be impressed by the underground structures and geology.
Overall i'd say the Marble Arch Caves are well worth the visit. The total duration of the tour ranges between 1 hour 15 minutes and 1 hour 40. Leave a bit of extra time if you are just turning up. Also bear in mind that the caves are only open to the public from March to September - so entry over the winter is not possible.
Summary: Well worth the visit!
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