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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 314 members. Recently by: eejaymm, paulmcquaid, Helenha, danifergie87, doopa, Franky, IainT, Lauranna, Turlo143, 21yearsgone, declanohagan, Wildcat, Reeks2011, peter1, lw24
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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 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)
 
Climbed Cuilcagh Yesterday and It was one of the .. by mcna   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
thisbliss on Cuilcagh, 2008
by thisbliss  27 May 2008
Parked at a park in Gortalughany townland (H168301 A)! There is a good view from here and is handy as it gets you up to 300m straight off. However there is still loads to do! Walked to near end of tarmac and then took grassy track (marked on map) sharp right, over a few gates, past a megalithic tomb (unable to find it) and came to Legacurragh, a large eroded channel. Just here the Ulster way runs past, marked out by yellow posts. Then its a case of just follow the yellow stick road to the left! This takes you to the bottom of the north cliff just below the carn. Nothing too demanding in this first part. Is gentle rolling hills but takes over 1.5 hrs. Some soft ground too but nothing i wasnt prepared for from the other comments. Going up the cliff i possibly took the steepest part. Only took 15mins but wouldnt do this again as it left me strained with a 2hr walk back ahead of me. Would either take my time or skirt round the slope to a gentler climb. The carn is big! as is the whole top of Cuilcagh. Impressive and quite an unusual mountain, different from others ive climbed. Some views too. Also couldnt get over the wilderness of it all, its not that its that hard to climb, just that its in the middle of bloody nowhere! Took about the same time getting back. All in all over 4 hrs. Cuilcagh put it up to us but made it ...just about Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/3127/
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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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