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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 169th highest in Ireland. Cuilcagh is the highest point in county Cavan and also the highest in Fermanagh.

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Braving the landslide! .. by AdrianneB   (Show all for Cuilcagh (Binn Chuilceach))
Any guide book or description of Cuilcagh I've se .. by madfrankie   (Show all for Cuilcagh (Binn Chuilceach))
Ascent from Bellavally Gap
by bsheils  28 Jul 2013
Climbed Cuilcagh Mountain on 26.07.13 from gravel layby at H11695 24560 A along R200 on Bellavally Gap as suggested by Kieron Gribbon's book Ireland's County High Points. Following Kieron Gribbon's route to Cuilcagh I walked about 250m on R200 road to top of Bellavally Gap to enter gated forest entrance at point L as identified by DonieG.

I followed forest track from point L as it zig zagged up through forestry to telecommunication mast at point M. From here passing the mast on my left over some soft ground I crossed over stile short distance away at H12110 25116 B onto open mountain.

From the stile is a faint track uphill from here and also a wire fence to the right which runs north/south. This fence can be followed as a handrail feature as far as H12121 25360 C from where it turns sharply away in an east-southeast direction. It struck me that this fence corner maybe a useful guide back down in conditions of very poor visibility.

Leaving the fence behind I followed the track which is intermittantly faint and pronounced along the NW facing slope of Benbeg. I took note of half bent over rusty iron post at H11911 25462 D which appears to mark the top of Benbeg. However, as much of the area around Benbeg appears to be dominated by peat hags I continued on the track for easier progress.

After leaving Benbeg I continued following the track along the southern spur of Cuilcagh close to its east facing slope. For a while there are not many landmarks along the route to take note of except perhaps a lone conifer at point P identified by DonieG. Further on I took note of cairn at H11690 27409 E and a subsequent cairn at point T again identified by DonieG when I reached the plateau on which the summit is located at point U.

A worthy excursion in good weather is to walk along the broad rocky ridge to view Lough Atona but care needed as sheer cliff walls overlook the lake.

I returned by the same route of ascent.

I agree with DonieG as to dangerous drops along the route in poor visibility and I would like to thank DonieG for the points submitted. Linkback:
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Wonderful Wilderness approached from the South .. by concorde   (Show all for Cuilcagh (Binn Chuilceach))
A walk on the wild side ! .. by Heathcliff   (Show all for Cuilcagh (Binn Chuilceach))
Stairway to be done more than once .. by scarecrow   (Show all for Cuilcagh (Binn Chuilceach))
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