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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 168th highest in Ireland. Cuilcagh is the highest point in county Cavan and also the highest in Fermanagh.

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thisbliss on Cuilcagh, 2008
by thisbliss  27 May 2008
Parked at a park in Gortalughany townland (H168301 starA)! 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 Linkback:
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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. Linkback:
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Ascent from Gortlughany Car Park
by Djouce  25 Aug 2014
Park at Gortlughany viewing point CP H 168 300 starB - follow road short distance west - then follow track over style to join Ulster Way at Legacurragh sink hole. Follow Ulster Way markers over boggy ground to summit. There are a few bridges over streams. Last section is very steep. Scramble to large summit cairn. Great views from Croagh Patrick to Slieve Donard from summit. Descent by same route. Distance about 13.6km. Ascent/descent about 380m. Time About 5 hours plus breaks GPS Track 2633 in tracks section Linkback:
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Route from South
by donieg  11 Dec 2019
Climbed Benbeg and Cuilcagh yesterday 29.04.2008. Weather was fine with very good visability, this is an ideal medium effort walk for walkers who have about 3.5 -4hrs to spare. I parked my vehicle at H11960 24491 starC in the townland of Altachullion Lower in the Bellavally Gap. There is a gate at this point (not locked) with a gravel track leading up to a telecommunications mast. It is possible to drive up to the mast which leaves a short climb to Benbeg or you can walk up the track to the mast and climb on to Benbeg. I then treked around to the summit onCuilcagh, visibility was excellent with great views all the way, however if the cloud was low or in misty conditions this trek could be more dangerous as the route is along a sheep track with a dangerous d rop on your right hand side as you walk towards Cuilcagh. With this in mind I took some grid references along the route which may be usefull to a person to navigate in bad visibility - Starting at Benbeg - on to H11487 26360 starD on to H11476 26525 starE on to H11515 26924 starF on to H11664 27260 starG on to H11828 27662 starH on to H11939 27839 starI on to the summit of Cuilcagh at H12355 28011 starJ. I give these reference points as I noticed CSD (experienced walker) in his comment of 22.10.2006 spoke of going off track twice by up to 90 degrees between Benbeg and Cuilcagh in low visibility - a sobering thought considering the steep drop previously mentioned. The views from Cuilcagh on 29.04.2008 were well worth the effort getting there, trekked back to my vehicle via Benbeg. I recommend this walk for somebody that has about four hours to spare and a not too difficult climb. Linkback:
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Picture: View from Cuillcagh with Blue Stacks on right, Dartrys in centre and right and Loch Atona below
Alaskan on Cuilcagh, 2006
by Alaskan  5 Jun 2006
On 3 June, my wife and I hiked up Cuillcagh using the Legnabrocky trail on the north side. The trail started from a parking area signposted Cuillcagh Mountain Park near the entrance to Marble Arch cave. The trail started in flowering white thorn trees but soon entered the bog land. For 2.5 miles, the trail consists of a gravelled road over the bog. The last 1.5 miles crossed the bog, way marked with poles, and climbed the obvious ramp near Loch Atona. The route gave some fine views of the cliff-topped north side of the mountain. From the summit, we could see the Sperrins, Blue Stacks, Donegal Bay, the Dartrys, Nephin and Croagh Patrick. It was the clearest view I've had from an Irish mountain. Linkback:
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Picture: Cuilcagh's cliffs in the eerie mist
murphysw on Cuilcagh, 2008
by murphysw  24 Jan 2008
Took the most straightforward route to the top from the Cuilcagh Mountain Park, which can be found just after the entrance to the Marble Arch Caves at about H122337 starK. For most of the approach the the mountain there is a gravel road (off limits to cars) which ends about 1km short of the ascent of the ridge at H113300 starL. From there it gets badly boggy, I went into the stuff thigh deep at one stage. The upside is that there is a line of stakes to show you the best way up to the summit plateau. The day I was on the plateau, there was a great big dirty cloud sat there, and visibility was terrible. The pole line seems to stop once you're up on the plateau (i couldn't find the next one!) Despite the summit cairn being 1km or so away it is still easy to find. Keeping the cliffs to the north in view (just! - be careful) you'll soon hit an inconvenient barbed wire fence. Head south along this until you reach a section of fencing where the barbed wire has been cut away, just where a rock provides a natural stile. Once over head due east or ENE until you can see the cliffs again. Keeping these to your left, you'll happen upon the cairn after about 20 mins. The cairn is huge, all those rocky outcrops you see in the mist and think and hope are the summit are not! You'll know it when you see it. Linkback:
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