Cuilcagh 665m mountain, Breifne Cuilcagh Mountains Cavan & Fermanagh Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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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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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! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/18322/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/18401/
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Stairway to be done more than once
by scarecrow  27 Aug 2017
3rd/4th CHP - Headed for Marble Arch Caves and carpark is 60m beyond entrance on left. We had camper so stayed over night so we were ready to leave first thing the next morning. it cost 5 euro to park there which was no issue for us at all. Weather was wet with a few moments of dry so wear proper footwear. There is a path which can become slightly water logged at times but it leads directly to the boardwalk. This is amazing and after a night of solid rain the grip is brilliant. The top was covered in mist and very mucky after all the rain. This only took 3 hours up and down from carpark. There is also someone serving coffee and fresh homemade cakes in the carpark, really impressed. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/19704/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/20128/
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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: 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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/18452/
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