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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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A classy mountain
by hazyview  19 Jul 2019
I followed the directions (per scarecrow & others) to the second carpark & we commenced the awesome long boardwalk across the bog & up the mountain. A good challenging climb of stairs to the summit. Fabulous views all the way but the boardwalk stopped short of the summit. We climbed the fence & continued the final 150 metres to the top but the weather changed dramatically from sunny spells to heavy fog & driving rain. When we returned to the path it was suddenly fine again. We were dry by the time we got back to the carpark. Fabulous wilderness feel to this place, despite its popularity. Enjoy!

[Ed: Many of us have a diametrically opposed view about the value of this board walk. Many would believe it cheapens the experience, has led to environmental damage and access issues. Mountaineering Ireland as of 2019 is asking hillwalkers to take other routes up the mountain to prevent further damage. and are saying that the boardwalk is a short-term measure and there will substantial changes to it. This website has three shared tracks for different ways up, for example including the extraordinary curved scarp to the south.] Linkback:
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kevin dockery on Cuilcagh, 2008
by kevin dockery  21 Dec 2008
Sun. Dec. 21st 2008 9 walkers incl. myself climbed Cuilcagh to celebrate the winter solstice and arrived on the summit just before sunrise at 8.49a.m. Unfortunately the weather was very disappointing with wind, rain and mist. Despite the poor weather we celebrated with champagne, mince pies and fruit cake. After the walk we made our way to the Keepers Arms, Bawnboy for a full Irish breakfast. Our first time to dine there and it won't be the last - great food served by a friendly staff. Linkback:
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mcna on Cuilcagh, 2007
by mcna  29 May 2007
I Just wanted to add this picture of the summit Cairn because it was so huge - It can be seen from the road when driving past Cuilcagh! Linkback:
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robocaver on Cuilcagh, 2007
by robocaver  11 Jun 2007
Living in Florencecourt, and having done a PhD on the geology of this long lump of rock it's sort of part of my life. Traversed from Bellavally to Benbeg, then the summit, then Tiltinbane and down the Sruh Croppa to Killykeeghan yesterday, a truly superb walk on an immaculate day. I spotted this on a boulder which I hadn't noticed before. I'm baffled and the interweb doesn't throw any light, so if anyone can explain, I'd be grateful. Linkback:
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Easiest approach for newcomer to area
by brenno  16 Jul 2010
Will be accompanying Mrs Brenno on a corporate gig in the Slieve Russell in Ballyconnell in mid-August and am hoping to maybe climb Cuilcagh while everybody else is off dressing in silly sweaters and hitting silly white balls around golf courses. Looking for some advice on easiest approach to Cuilcagh - have been told that it's best approached from Florence Court in Fermanagh and that there's a well-defined track across the blanket bog to the peak. I haven't walked this area before so want to take trhe easiest route up. Any advice most welcome. Linkback:
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Picture: Cavan and Fermanagh County High Point
View from Florence Court
by davsheen  29 Jul 2018
View of Cuilcagh from the Florence Court Estate near Enniskillen Co Fermanagh Linkback:
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