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
Place visited by 413 members. Recently by: Andy1287, Grumbler, nupat, m0jla, Krumel, mallymcd, Oileanach, IrishGirl2014, shkiboo, itshimkeith, Tullyroe, Atilla-the-Bun, bertandally, Roswayman, mgriffin
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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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Braving the landslide! .. by AdrianneB   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
Any guide book or description of Cuilcagh I've se .. by madfrankie   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
Ascent from Bellavally Gap .. by bsheils   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
Wonderful Wilderness approached from the South .. by concorde   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
A walk on the wild side ! .. by Heathcliff   (Show all for Cuilcagh)
 
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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/165/comment/20578/
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