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Breifne Area   N: Cuilcagh Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A 
Highest place:
Cuilcagh, 666m
Maximum height for area: 666 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 and in Cavan/ Fermanagh Counties in NI and in Ulster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal Bedrock

Height: 666m 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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As wild as you can get in NI
by simongray12190  29 Nov 2015
Cuilcagh now has the boardwalk and stairway if you approach from the northern side in the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. This makes it a much easier walk although the steep climb to the table top is not to be sniffed at. The most incredible thing about this mountain is the sheer expanse of wild land that you can see from the top of the mountain. Having explored most of NI I can say that I have been nowhere else that comes as close to being called wilderness, looking west north and east there isn't much that gives the impression of human presence. Linkback:
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Picture: Trig on a cairn
True source of the Shannon?
by TommyV  31 Oct 2018
Cuilcagh is the joint CHP of Cavan and Fermanagh, out of respect for both counties I have climbed this mountain twice, once from the Cavan side via Benbrack as described by donieg and also from the Fermanagh side on the impressive boardwalk along the Legnabrocky trail as described by paddyobpc. It's worth checking out the Marble Arch Caves too while you are in the area too. Linkback:
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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. Linkback:
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Picture: Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail
-Legnabrocky Trail
by paddyobpc  24 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 06 Jun 2016. The previous day Dillon(dillonkdy), my sister Helen and I had climbed Truskmore, Truskmore SE Cairn and Seltannasaggart SE Slope. After a rest overnight in Drumshanbo we now had our sights set on Cuilcagh to tick Fermanagh and Cavan off the list of CHP’s. We headed to the Fermanagh side of the mountain near the “Marble Arch Caves” to use the beautiful Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail. It really is as impressive as it looks in the pictures and we were again blessed with the weather all the way to the summit and most of the way down. The views and scenery on this walk are outstanding and the boulders as you walk to the summit after the main climb are unusual and amazing too. On two occasions we had to shelter from some violent Thunder and Lightning storms before we returned to the car but luckily we were not stuck near the summit when this happened. Dillon (dillonkdy) was glad to be back to the car from this one. Up and back we covered 14 km, a height gain of 470m taking us almost 5 hours including our stops from the weather. See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website ( to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Linkback:
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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 Linkback:
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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! Linkback:
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