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Breifne Area   Cuilcagh Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 665 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 570 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A For all tops   Highest summit: Cuilcagh, 665m
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Cuilcagh Mountain Binn Chuilceach A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Chuilceach [DUPN], 'chalky peak') County Highpoint of Cavan & Fermanagh, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal Bedrock

Height: 665m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 26 Grid Reference: H12356 28017 This summit has been logged as climbed by 306 members. Recently by: Turlo143, 21yearsgone, declanohagan, Wildcat, Reeks2011, peter1, lw24, dillonkdy, aidand, paddyobpc, MichaelG55, david bourke, kitchen, Cobhclimber, maryt
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Longitude: -7.811444, Latitude: 54.200972 , Easting: 212356, Northing: 328017 Prominence: 570m,   Isolation: 2.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 612302 828022,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Clcgh, 10 char: Cuilcagh
Bedrock type: Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal, (Lackagh Sandstone Formation)

Cuilcagh lies on the Shannon-Erne watershed. The Shannon rises on the north-western slopes of Cuilcagh at Shannon Pot, a steep-sided pool where the underground river emerges. Strictly speaking, there are streams a mile or two further uphill. Originating in Ulster, the Shannon’s journey through this province lasts less than ten miles, before it enters Connacht. It forms the boundary between Connacht and Leinster for much of its length, and ultimately meets the sea in the province of Munster. Thus it is both a boundary and a link between all four provinces of Ireland. In fact, it even formed the western boundary of the ancient fifth province of Meath. Around Cuilcagh there is a belief concerning the ‘Northern Shannon’, an underground river that supposedly connects the waters at Shannon Pot to the River Claddagh, which emerges at Marble Arch Caves and then flows into the Erne. If Cuilceach genuinely is a variant of cailceach, 'chalky', the name is rather puzzling, as the mountain consists predominantly of sandstone and shale, covered with much bog and heather. Where the rock does outcrop, as at the summit cliffs, it is mainly grey. However, it is possible that the name refers to the limestone rock on the lower northern flanks. Here a number of streams disappear below ground at swallow holes named Cats Hole, Pollawaddy, Pollasumera and Polliniska, all forming part of the Marble Arch cave system. If so, the name would mean 'calcareous' rather than 'chalky'.   Cuilcagh is the highest mountain in the Breifne area and the 169th highest in Ireland. Cuilcagh is the highest point in county Cavan and also the highest in Fermanagh.

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A walk on the wild side !
by Heathcliff  25 Sep 2014
By Heathcliff 25sept.2014 completed "Cuilcagh Way" Mon.22nd Sept.This 33km loop walk from Cladagh Bridge took me 9 hours,including breaks.Part of the route is officially closed owing to a landslide (2010?) but with weather being so dry decided to take a chance.So glad I did-one of finest walks I've ever done!!
Good news is ,a board walk over very marshy ground approaching the ascent is nearing completion(Christmas?) Hopefully the path will then be officially open to walkers.Great views,variety of scenery and wonderful sense of isolation.
Experienced a problem on my descent from the summit of Cuilcagh!! Some of the way markers from the trig point are either missing or fallen leaving the safest route down unclear.There are crags on either side of the steep but safe route down and great care must be taken to avoid these!!These crags are not visible at the start of the descent making it crucial to identify the correct pathway. I spotted a fence and used this to guide me down.The Way then heads for Legacurragh along the Ulster Way.
Brilliant if challenging walk ,well worth the effort!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/17692/
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Sun. Dec. 21st 2008 9 walkers incl. myself climb .. by kevin dockery   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
I Just wanted to add this picture of the summit C .. by mcna   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
Living in Florencecourt, and having done a PhD o .. by robocaver   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
Easiest approach for newcomer to area .. by brenno   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
Tuesday 28/10/08 Climbed Cuilcagh from Bellavall .. by kevin dockery   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
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