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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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On 3 June, my wife and I hiked up Cuillcagh using .. by Alaskan   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
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Picture: Cuilcagh's cliffs in the eerie mist
murphysw on Cuilcagh, 2008
by murphysw  24 Jan 2008
Took the most straightforward route to the top from the Cuilcagh Mountain Park, which can be found just after the entrance to the Marble Arch Caves at about H122337 A. For most of the approach the the mountain there is a gravel road (off limits to cars) which ends about 1km short of the ascent of the ridge at H113300 B. From there it gets badly boggy, I went into the stuff thigh deep at one stage. The upside is that there is a line of stakes to show you the best way up to the summit plateau. The day I was on the plateau, there was a great big dirty cloud sat there, and visibility was terrible. The pole line seems to stop once you're up on the plateau (i couldn't find the next one!) Despite the summit cairn being 1km or so away it is still easy to find. Keeping the cliffs to the north in view (just! - be careful) you'll soon hit an inconvenient barbed wire fence. Head south along this until you reach a section of fencing where the barbed wire has been cut away, just where a rock provides a natural stile. Once over head due east or ENE until you can see the cliffs again. Keeping these to your left, you'll happen upon the cairn after about 20 mins. The cairn is huge, all those rocky outcrops you see in the mist and think and hope are the summit are not! You'll know it when you see it. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/2948/
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Braving the landslide! .. by AdrianneB   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
Any guide book or description of Cuilcagh I've se .. by madfrankie   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
Ascent from Bellavally Gap .. by bsheils   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
Wonderful Wilderness approached from the South .. by concorde   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
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