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Fermanagh & South Tyrone Area   S: Slieve Beagh Subarea
Place count in area: 15, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 17, 18, 19 
Highest place:
Belmore Mountain, 398m
Maximum height for area: 398 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 323 metres,

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Slieve Beagh SE Top Hill Sliabh Beatha (mullach thoir theas) A name in Irish, also Eshbrack an extra name in English For origin of name, see Slieve Beagh. County Highpoint of Monaghan in Ulster Province, in County Highpoint List, Shale, laminated carbonate, evaporite Bedrock

Height: 373m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 18 Grid Reference: H53184 43566
Place visited by 225 members. Recently by: pdtempan, Beti13, Solliden, Aneta.jablonska, garybuz, Paddym99, ElaineM76, Leona-S, Leonas_Escapades, Claybird007, Pepe, Annlaprof, Ansarlodge, benjimann9, abeach
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Longitude: -7.183147, Latitude: 54.338031 , Easting: 253184, Northing: 343566 Prominence: 5m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 653120 843566,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slv373, 10 char: SlvBghSETp
Bedrock type: Shale, laminated carbonate, evaporite, (Meenymore Formation)

Slieve Beagh SE Top is the 1008th highest place in Ireland. Slieve Beagh SE Top is the second most southerly summit in the Fermanagh & South Tyrone area. Slieve Beagh SE Top is the highest point in county Monaghan.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Slieve Beagh SE Top (<i>Sliabh Beatha (mullach thoir theas)</i>) in area Fermanagh & South Tyrone, Ireland
Picture: Glenbower Lough en route to the SE Top
Alternative approach from the north (Part 1)
by dr_banuska  13 Apr 2010
This is a county top I'd been planning to bag for some time, having visited the main summit a year ago from the Fermanagh side. I returned at the weekend with the dog, taking advantage of the great weather and intrigued by recent discussion of Monaghan's mundane high point, including wicklore's somewhat disturbing evidence of a big cat lurking in these bleak hills!

Unlike previous posters, I decided to approach from the northern (Tyrone) side. Owing to Harry's comments on the inaccuray of OSNI map 18 in relation to this top, I bought a copy of OSI Map 28A. I opted to park on a bend along the minor road (signposted as a dead end) at 544468 starA. This can be quite easily reached from the A4 Dungannon-Enniskillen road, by taking the 1st left past Clogher village coming from the E, signposted Ashfield. You pass Brackenridge's Folly, an imposing hilltop tower built by an unpopular 19th century landlord as his mausoleum. The start point could also be reached off the Monaghan-Clogher road.

I followed the road S to a barrier at the start of the forest - there would've been room to park here too. I headed uphill through the forest (passing a discarded microwave) to another barrier at the other end, via a short, heavily overgrown section. From here the track branches off to the right and became quite muddy, before ending altogether at 548457 starB. I continued S in the same general direction, passing a tiny brook marked on the map and aiming for a couple of lonely trees up on the undulating hillside. From the top I could see down to what must have been Glenbower Lough, one of many small loughs in these hills. From the height I could see SW towards the old mast mentioned by three5four0. In hindsight I should’ve aimed for this but instead skirted the lough and continued uphill again still in a southerly direction. Linkback:
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Picture: Taking a breather on top of Monaghan - part of Mullaghfad Forest (Fermanagh) in the distance
Alternative approach from the north (Part 2)
by dr_banuska  13 Apr 2010
The terrain got more and more featureless as I walked for what seemed like ages – quite unsettling. Luckily though, I recognized a patch of unhealthy forestry to the SW which I knew from last time was close to SB’s main summit. Having veered too far to the E, I now headed for the forestry, passing through an old wire fence and following it uphill. I knew Lough Sallagh and the SE top were nearby but because the lough is higher than much of the surrounding terrain it can be elusive.

As others have said, the SE top is on a small but distinctive bump just to the SE of Lough Sallagh. The map says the lough is 368m, just 5m lower than the peak - if anything it feels like less. An old beer tin lying in a hole was the only feature to suggest this was a county high point! What caught my attention however was a prominent ring contour nearby to the NE (in Tyrone), which was obviously higher than the SE top. Three5four0 mentioned this rise, E of the one with the mast, and I agree that anyone else up here with an altimeter should try to find out if this is Beagh’s true summit.

I then headed back via the rise with the mast at 532440 starC. From there I could see the forest I’d started from and I headed towards it. This time I passed to the W of the hillside marked on the map as Packulla, and spotted what seemed to be loughs Eshbrick and Glenbower (again) to the E. While the terrain on the whole was tussocky and reedy, it was largely dry (away from the loughs) and so wasn’t any worse than that I’d covered recently in the Sperrins. I would suggest this as an interesting alternative approach to Slieve Beagh, though longer than those from the S and SE – maybe better for a second visit. PS – Thankfully I didn’t come across any pumas, though I must admit the possibility played on my mind, especially if the dog suddenly stopped in his tracks focused on a spot in the distance! Linkback:
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Picture: By Order Monaghan County Council
A Purgatorial Encounter
by CaptainVertigo  29 Mar 2015
I always get excited about putting forward the clocks in late March. To my mind it signals the end of winter, regardless of weather. In practical terms there is an immediate addition of light at the conclusion of the working day. Easter is never far behind, and the Hillwalking Year is ready to kick off.
But just as every Easter must be preceded by a Gethsemane moment, it appears to me that the serious walker must mark the end of winter with some kind of fitting purgatorial experience. A real encounter with late March misery cleanses the hillwalker's spirit so that the renaissance to follow will be all the more dramatic. The problem for the zealot is to find a place that will bring all the miseries together, and of course, s/he will need to watch Met Eireann carefully in order to avoid the calamity of good weather.
I was terribly lucky to find such a coagulation of the agonies yesterday at carefully chosen Slieve Beagh East Top. My research indicated that it was one of the bleakest spots on the planet, a cross between the Kalahari desert and the Panamanian swamps, and I was not to be disappointed. Of course you don't just "turn up" any old time for what is essentially a homage to the dying winter. You wait til late in the day as the gloom is descending, and if you have been careful about the weather, the wind will be getting up and the rain coming down in sheets. So it was for me. The local authority clearly appreciates what its got because it has created a network of impenetrable roads at the base of our obscure object of desire. To cap it all, the Council lovingly maintains an orange coloured sign in the vestiges of the Republic stating ROAD CLOSED AHEAD at the entrance to the only logical start point to the ascent. Knowing that one is not wanted feels so "right" when you're on a mission like this.
The traverse to Monaghan's highest point was everything I had hoped for , and more. Truly, irredeemably, comprehensibly miserable, every squelchy moment . There were times when I felt that the sky was merging into the bog, and I was no longer an individual: I was simply part of the brown soggy mess. It was fantastic. I loved every moment of it. I couldn't have been happier if my car had been stolen while I was away. Linkback:
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Picture: The foolishness of borders.
Three counties hollow international meeting point.
by simon3  17 May 2010
The surrounds of Slieve Beagh and its Monaghan county spur are barren bogland, difficult underfoot and with the occasional lake.
This picture views the summit, the slight bump on the central skyline from about 500m west. This is a quiet undeveloped place which is also the border between Northern ireland and the Republic. In fact the area is known as Three Counties Hollow. The line of the near fence is the division between Tyrone on the left and Fermanagh on the right. The fence turns right (at about half way up the picture - not so obvious in this picture) and at that point the land on the far side of the fence is in Monaghan. The point where the three counties meet is at the corner of the fence, some 380m w of SBSET Linkback:
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three5four0 on Slieve Beagh SE Top, 2009
by three5four0  25 Oct 2009
Followed Harry Goodman's excellent route description to Slieve Beagh South East Top, from the parking area by the locked gate at Barratitoppy, following the tracks described above and over Eshbrack, pt 365 to Slieve South East Top. My altimeter flicked between 370 & 375 on top of the hummock (perhaps a buried cairn?).

But here is the thing, the grid ref for Slieve Beagh East Top & Harry Goodman's GPS reading both give the summit as being outside (down hill from) the 370 contour at 532437 starD, Surly this should be 532436 starE? The 532437 starD ref marks the summit just above the letter o in Lough Sallagh, whilst the 370 contour cuts through the word Lough. What is the error with modern GPS?, i was using OSNI D edition sheet 18 map, incase there is a slight difference in map versions. But perhaps more interesting was the next couple of tops i was to traverse on my way to Slieve Beagh.

Directly north from the Slieve Beagh South East Top, past Lough Sallagh, there is a ring contour at 380, with a mast and ruined shed on its summit, however east from this was a larger ring contour again at 380 metres. Except this ring contour to the east looked significantly of a higher elevation than the one with the mast on top of it, so we set off towards it. When reached the altimeter gave a reading of 385 metres all around the summit area & didn't flicker at all. We continued westwards to the second ring contour, with mast and a ruined wooden hut, 370 metres was the reading round the mast area, with one flick up to 375 and then back to 370 metres. My altimeter gives the height in increments of 5 metres at a time, however, when the height of a top reaches, say 3 metres above the last 5 metre measurement, it starts to flick between the last reading and 5 metres above it, above 3 metres and it gives the next 5 metre interval as the reading.

So the East top not only appears to be higher than the top with the mast but actually is, well according to my altimeter at least. But Slieve Beaghs summit is listed at 380 on MV, could this unnamed ring contour be the actually summit rather than Doocarn? On we walked, pasted Lough Sallagh again and up to the cairn (watch out for the holes in the cairn!) and the small rise beside it. Reading 380 metres, then 385 metres, briefly!, and back to 380 metres again, with no more movement. Oh dear!

Whats needed here, is for future MV visitors to measure the heights of these tops on their GPS, and hopefully we would get height readings from several different brands of GPS. If different makes of GPS agree on the heights of these tops well and good, the issue will be settled. In the meantime it would be wise to visit both, after all it makes for a longer walk. Linkback:
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Picture: Slieve Beagh summit
Slieve Beagh SE - October 2012
by Jaak  16 Oct 2012
I took the route described by Harry Goodman and others and found it straightforward, as the weather was reasonable and there was moderate visibility. However, it was very wet and soggy in places. The top is one of the most unimpressive you will encounter and I would imagine it must be very difficult to locate in mist or fog without using GPS. I recorded the top as: H 53185 43566 starF. The attached photo shows the decorative artwork that exists at the summit and at other locations in the vicinity.

I doubt if many of us would have heard of Slieve Beagh SE if it were not the highest point in Co.Monaghan – it just proves that everything has a place in life.

The route itself is well described, so there is little to add. My biggest difficulty on the day was reaching the starting point recommended by Harry G. I got off to a bad start by missing the road out of Monaghan and getting caught up in a labyrinth of small roads, lanes and boreens, all of which were without signposts of any shape or form. I got very strange looks from a woman after I arrived back at her house for about the fourth time !!! Lesson learned – do your homework on minor roads in advance of setting out. Linkback:
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