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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 310 members. Recently by: doopa, Franky, IainT, Lauranna, Turlo143, 21yearsgone, declanohagan, Wildcat, Reeks2011, peter1, lw24, dillonkdy, aidand, paddyobpc, MichaelG55
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Longitude: -7.811428, Latitude: 54.201026 , Easting: 212356, Northing: 328017 Prominence: 570m,   Isolation: 2.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 612303 828028,   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 170th highest in Ireland. Cuilcagh is the highest point in county Cavan and also the highest in Fermanagh.

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A southern view of Cuilcagh ridge taken from The .. by walker_hollick   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
Staircase to heaven/hell? .. by Heathcliff   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cuilcagh in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: Cuilcagh Summit and Ridge from Benbeg
mcna on Cuilcagh, 2007
by mcna  29 May 2007
Climbed Cuilcagh Yesterday and It was one of the nicest walks I have done in a long time. This was our second attempt at Cuilcagh as we failed on our previous attempt from the north a few months ago – the weather was misty, the ground frozen, mountain was invisible and so was our spirits so we turned back and did Benaughlin instead! This time we approached from Benbeg – please see that for first part of the walk. It was much shorter than our failed attempt from Florence court and I highly recommend this route as there are very few steep climbs and the ground is good. However it was a very clear day on the featureless ridge and it would be a nightmare to navigate on a foggy day! From the summit of Benbeg it took us about an hour and a half to walk to Cuilcagh (not counting the numerous photographic breaks) I rounded the summit of Benbeg and followed an intermittent track that I picked up and lost the entire way to the summit! Dropped down through bog to the col and up again onto the ridge. Picked up a fence and followed this to just before the final ascent – on a good day the visibility is fantastic and you can pick your route out very easily – I had a route card, map and compass at hand and kept an eye on bearings just in case but I navigated solely on vision. Now we had the choice of going on up a nice gentle slope to the flattish summit but we choose the more adventurous route round the east face and reached the summit with a scramble through boulders and then walked the short distance to the massive summit cairn – this thing was huge! We had our lunch in a wee wind break shelter someone had kindly built on the east side of the cairn and we sat there for an hour! Breath-taking, inspiring views that allowed us to pick out all the distant mountain ranges. Words don’t do the view any justice – you need to see it to believe it –this is why I get up early on a weekend morning, drive for miles pull myself through heather and bog – just to sit somewhere like this. When we pulled ourselves away from the top we traced our steps back to the col and dropped down through the heather and skirted the bottom of the slopes through long grass and heather. Made out way over to the tree graveyard (see Benbeg), picked our way through felled, rotten trees and branches out onto the forest track, and followed this back to the car. Fantastic day – total walking time of 5 hours and one I would do again in a heartbeat! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/2716/
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Parked at a park in Gortalughany townland (H16830 .. by thisbliss   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
On Sat. May 23th 2009 a group of 20 made their an .. by kevin dockery   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
Ascent from Gortlughany Car Park .. by Djouce   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
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