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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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:
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Ascent from Gortlughany Car Park
by Djouce  25 Aug 2014
Park at Gortlughany viewing point CP H 168 300 A - 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 Trackback:
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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. Trackback:
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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 B. 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 C. 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. Trackback:
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Picture: Landslide
Braving the landslide!
by AdrianneB  11 Apr 2011
Walked the Northern waymarked route on Sunday 10th April 2011, took my chances with the landslide. As you can see from the photo it's not too bad, although the day I was there we hadn't had rain for a good few days. There were far boggier/difficult to negotiate spots further up the mountain. In fact my feet were wet for quiet a lot of the walk, but didn't get wet crossing the section that had lost it's bridge, use the grass humocks to the left of where the bridge used to be in the picture. Did the return trip in 2 hours 45, although I did jog the last 4 km which is on the gravel track back to the car. It's a great walk, unfortunately there was a bit too much mist to enjoy the views. But be prepared to have very wet feet. Trackback:
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madfrankie on Cuilcagh, 2002
by madfrankie  14 Oct 2002
Any guide book or description of Cuilcagh I've seen has advocated approaches from the North or North-west, but in my opinion the easiest , most straightforward route is from the road to the south at the Bellavallagh Gap (commonly called by locals The Cuilcagh Gap). Provided you have a car, of course. Trackback:
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