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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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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)
absalon on Cuilcagh, 2007
by absalon  26 Jun 2007
In answer to robocaver's query re plaque on Cuilcagh ridge,it marks a point on the Caslin Way & gives bearings for Cuilceagh ,Binn Breac,Sliabh na Cille & Tiltinbane. The walk which almost circumnavigates the valley of Glengevlin begins with Slna Cille proceeding to the 3 lakes ( Altshallan,na mbreac & Knockgorm),next to Muntereolas lough,over Moneensaurin(463 on OS,BinnBreac W in MV)to Cloch na Coimirce(415 on OS),toBinn Breac &the Scalp(B.Breac NE in MV);then descend to cross the road at Bellavalley gap & proceed up to Binnbeg & along the ridge to Cuilcagh summit;from there continue on the ridge to Tiltinbane passing the aforementioned plaque on the way.The descent is to the townland of Eshveagh striking a road at H076280 A. A strenuous walk but if you enjoy the unspoiled & uncharted wilderness of west Cavan you won't begrudge the fever & the sweat. The plaque was erected in summer 06 to celebrate a birthday of veteran hillwalker Tom Caslin. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/2757/
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A tilt at Tiltinbane .. by Alaskan   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
Taking The Dreaded Boardwalk .. by Aidy   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
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