Cuilcagh 665m mountain, Breifne Cuilcagh Mountains Cavan & Fermanagh Ireland at
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Breifne Area   Cuilcagh Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A 
Highest place:
Cuilcagh, 665m
Maximum height for area: 665 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 570 metres,

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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
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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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Mountain Walking Route (from Marble Arch) Closed
by murraynolan  1 Apr 2011
I am/was planning to walk Cuilcagh this weekend from the North via Marble Arch or Florence Court (9th/10th October 2010) however I just noticed this on the Marble Arch Caves website:

Published on:17 Sep 2010

Cuilcagh Mountain Walking Route Closed

Unfortunately due to a recent landslip, the walking trail to the summit of Cuilcagh Mountain at the end of the 4km vehicular gravel stone track within the Cuilcagh Mountain Park will be closed until further notice.

So, you (and I) may need to consider an alternative route. I have sought clarification and will update this comment if I hear more.

** UPDATE (1st April 2011 - no joke!) **
A visitor to my blog posted the following comment on my Cuilcagh piece.

"with talk of landslides and forestry work I asked WalkNI for their advice on a straightforward route to the top. Their advice was as follows:

The official answer is that the main route from the Marble Arch Geopark car park is still closed due to a landslide affecting a bridge, but it is known that people are still accessing the mountain from here by by-passing the bridge at their own risk. Another route that you could take would be from the Gortalughany Viewpoint carpark. Take the A32 south, ignore signs for Florencecourt and Marble Arch Caves, lookout for turn on Right signposted ‘Gortalughany viewpoint’. Follow this narrowing and steepening road to the car park at the top beyond a small, disused quarry.

From there, walk along the road then turn right towards the gate and follow this track in. Continue along the path to the limestone grassland at Leggacurragh, join the Hiker’s Trail by following the path to the west side of the valley, just by the information sign. Look for the waymarker post with Ulster Way signs and proceed from there! The last section of this route is very steep though so be prepared! Take an OSNI map too as when there is low cloud, waymarker posts cant be relied on due to low visiblity. Enjoy your walk!”
This is the map I’ll be using, the vieing point mentioned can be found in the South East of the Map:

Thanks to "Trailtrekker" for the comment. Trackback:
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Picture: Wrapped in Blanket Bog
Bleck Cra on Cuilcagh, 2005
by Bleck Cra  1 Nov 2005
Cuilcagh is sulky. Set amid a demented geology of flint-hard upcrops and punctured limestone downdrops, it rides an undefined bog track between Fermanagh Lakeland and Free State moorland, middle-distant coastland and edgy Border badland. And the common denominator that binds all its diverse little bits is …… water; lots of it. In fact, I suspect all the seven seas of planet earth drain into Cuilcagh. Evidence? I was there on Saturday! Cra has been snared - by a Spartan Red Sock, one of the numerous upshots of which was to join this cheery troupe of sauntering track rats on their entirely unexplained outing to “Sulky”: unexplained that is, until we got dried out and into many hours of Halloween revelry in the Carry Bridge. Not built for speed - but these boys ARE built for stamina. Cuilcagh sloshes around on the Fermanagh Cavan border, Vistas to the western coast, south to The Iron Mountains and inland to more water are allegedly stunning. Sadly on this jaunt, all stunning was effected on bum bones when fleeing heels regularly brought bog and buttock into crunching contact. The track is so damp in places that the good people of some outdoor philanthropic persuasion have underlaid it with black plastic to give you some chance of progressing ahead rather than down. The thing about Cuilcagh bog is - it is an unique pristine blanket bog, uncut, untouched - made by nature, with springs meandering through it, ecosystems living in it, the Autumn remnants of fantastical flora soaking in it, a siren to bog-fanciers - and a must, to be continued in the heat and relative drouth of next summer. Follow your nose from Lisbellaw to Belcoo and pick up the Cuilcagh carpark enroute. Thanks to the Red Necks for a great day. Trackback:
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rowanseymour on Cuilcagh, 2004
by rowanseymour  10 Mar 2004
The impressive cliffs on the north (climbed in summer from the north). Interesting mountain with lots of limestone "holes" to fall into... Trackback:
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MadFrankie on Cuilcagh, 2003
by MadFrankie  9 Jan 2003
The approach from the south Trackback:
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Picture: OSNI Bench Mark on the trig pillar at the summit of Cuilcagh
csd on Cuilcagh, 2006
by csd  22 Oct 2006
Cuilcagh marks the border between the Republic and the North, and has an OSNI trig pillar atop its cairn. I approached from Benbeg, to the south, and the terrain reminded me a lot of the section between Mullaghcleevaun and Tonlagee in Wicklow: very boggy, lots of peat hags, a ridge off to one side.
As the weather once again takes a turn for the worst as autumn and winter approach, it's perhaps a good idea to remind everyone of the importance of careful navigation, especially in an area like this. Having bagged 140 unique peaks in Ireland in the last five years I'm not exactly a newbie, but in the fog and maze of peat hags between Benbeg and Cuilcagh I went off track twice by up to 90 degrees. It's quite a shock to pull out the GPS and compass and find you've been confidently marching in completely the wrong direction for the past two minutes! Trackback:
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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:
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