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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: -7.811444, 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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cuilcagh in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: View from the way up Benbeg
 
Taking The Dreaded Boardwalk
by Aidy  22 Sep 2015
My sister is getting interested in hillwalking, but after a "bootcamp" on Saturday morning, wanted something not too taxing, and asked me if I would go with her up the new boardwalk on Cuilcagh. I was reluctant, as when I saw photos I thought it was an eyesore, and a dilution of wilderness. But I agreed, planning to go on to Benbeg to add a bit of difficulty. It was a surprisingly long way from the car park on the Legnabrocky Trail before we even got to the boardwalk, although we could see it from quite a way off. When the gravel track ran out, it made crossing the bog and ascending the steep slope very easy. On the plus side, it stopped at the edge of the summit plateau, and there was a wilder feel to the walk over the boulder strewn landscape to the large cairn and trig. We continued on to Benbeg where my sister waited at the low point on the saddle, and I went on to the top. I needlessly had an absolutely torturious time getting through the peat hags, as I discovered on the way back that if you stay on the eastern edge of the saddle, near the steep drops, the going is much easier. It was a long walk for my standard, and I have to admit, going back down Cuilcagh, and not having to wade through bog, I was a bit less ill-disposed to the boardwalk. On balance, I still wish it wasn't there though! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/18322/
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walker_hollick on Cuilcagh, 2005
by walker_hollick  27 Feb 2005
A southern view of Cuilcagh ridge taken from The Playbank Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/1501/
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Staircase to heaven/hell?
by Heathcliff  2 Mar 2016
Heathcliff-The controversy surrounding Cuilcagh continues to swirl,like dark clouds, around its noble head. The drive to increase tourist footfall, at the expense of the natural environment,may lead to a mushrooming of these projects island wide. The perceived success of this construction( cost £250,000) can only, if left unchallenged, accelerate the process. Let us try to keep the wilderness wild!
The staircase section at the end of the Boardwalk attracts the inexperienced walker and facilitates their access to the mountain top, with all its inherent dangers.
I believe that from an aesthetic and from a safety point of view, the staircase(plus handrails) is a misguided assault on the integrity of one of this islands finest mountains. I urge all likeminded members to share their views with walkNI and with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council(FODC).They assure me the matter is under review. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/18452/
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Picture: Cuilcagh Summit and Ridge from Benbeg
 
mcna on Cuilcagh, 2007
by mcna  29 May 2007
Climbed Cuilcagh Yesterday and It was one of the nicest walks I have done in a long time. This was our second attempt at Cuilcagh as we failed on our previous attempt from the north a few months ago – the weather was misty, the ground frozen, mountain was invisible and so was our spirits so we turned back and did Benaughlin instead! This time we approached from Benbeg – please see that for first part of the walk. It was much shorter than our failed attempt from Florence court and I highly recommend this route as there are very few steep climbs and the ground is good. However it was a very clear day on the featureless ridge and it would be a nightmare to navigate on a foggy day! From the summit of Benbeg it took us about an hour and a half to walk to Cuilcagh (not counting the numerous photographic breaks) I rounded the summit of Benbeg and followed an intermittent track that I picked up and lost the entire way to the summit! Dropped down through bog to the col and up again onto the ridge. Picked up a fence and followed this to just before the final ascent – on a good day the visibility is fantastic and you can pick your route out very easily – I had a route card, map and compass at hand and kept an eye on bearings just in case but I navigated solely on vision. Now we had the choice of going on up a nice gentle slope to the flattish summit but we choose the more adventurous route round the east face and reached the summit with a scramble through boulders and then walked the short distance to the massive summit cairn – this thing was huge! We had our lunch in a wee wind break shelter someone had kindly built on the east side of the cairn and we sat there for an hour! Breath-taking, inspiring views that allowed us to pick out all the distant mountain ranges. Words don’t do the view any justice – you need to see it to believe it –this is why I get up early on a weekend morning, drive for miles pull myself through heather and bog – just to sit somewhere like this. When we pulled ourselves away from the top we traced our steps back to the col and dropped down through the heather and skirted the bottom of the slopes through long grass and heather. Made out way over to the tree graveyard (see Benbeg), picked our way through felled, rotten trees and branches out onto the forest track, and followed this back to the car. Fantastic day – total walking time of 5 hours and one I would do again in a heartbeat! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/2716/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/3127/
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kevin dockery on Cuilcagh, 2009
by kevin dockery  26 May 2009
On Sat. May 23th 2009 a group of 20 made their annual trip to Cuilcagh which is organised by an intrepid veteran hillwalker. As soon as we started the walk at Bellavally Gap it started to rain heavily and heavy mist shrouded the mountain. The wind gathered strength as height was gained. This ensured a miserable trek to the summit. The plan was to continue onto Tiltinbane but it was decided to shorten the walk. After a quick snack on the summit we retraced our route back to the Gap. Some of walkers were suffering from the effects of the atrocious weather conditions. I've never experienced such awful conditions in my 74 visits to Cuilcagh.Just before we finished the walk, the rain and mist cleared. Better luck next time with the weather. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/3786/
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