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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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The impressive cliffs on the north (climbed in su .. by rowanseymour   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
The approach from the south .. by MadFrankie   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
Cuilcagh marks the border between the Republic an .. by csd   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
In answer to robocaver's query re plaque on Cuilc .. by absalon   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
A tilt at Tiltinbane .. by Alaskan   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cuilcagh in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: View from the way up Benbeg
 
Taking The Dreaded Boardwalk
by Aidy  22 Sep 2015
My sister is getting interested in hillwalking, but after a "bootcamp" on Saturday morning, wanted something not too taxing, and asked me if I would go with her up the new boardwalk on Cuilcagh. I was reluctant, as when I saw photos I thought it was an eyesore, and a dilution of wilderness. But I agreed, planning to go on to Benbeg to add a bit of difficulty. It was a surprisingly long way from the car park on the Legnabrocky Trail before we even got to the boardwalk, although we could see it from quite a way off. When the gravel track ran out, it made crossing the bog and ascending the steep slope very easy. On the plus side, it stopped at the edge of the summit plateau, and there was a wilder feel to the walk over the boulder strewn landscape to the large cairn and trig. We continued on to Benbeg where my sister waited at the low point on the saddle, and I went on to the top. I needlessly had an absolutely torturious time getting through the peat hags, as I discovered on the way back that if you stay on the eastern edge of the saddle, near the steep drops, the going is much easier. It was a long walk for my standard, and I have to admit, going back down Cuilcagh, and not having to wade through bog, I was a bit less ill-disposed to the boardwalk. On balance, I still wish it wasn't there though! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/18322/
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