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Breifne Area   NE: Derrylin 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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Slieve Rushen Hill Sliabh Roisean A name in Irish, also Slieve Russell an extra name in English (Ir. Sliabh Roisean [AMacAB], 'mountain' + uncertain element) Cavan County in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Pale orthoquartzitic sandstone Bedrock

Height: 404m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 27 & 27A Grid Reference: H23476 22638
Place visited by 37 members. Recently by: conormcbandon, Colin Murphy, Claybird007, trostanite, LorraineG60, MichaelG55, melohara, Peter Walker, IndyMan, TommyMc, jackill, frankmc04, MichaelE, FilHil, jimbloomer
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Longitude: -7.641363, Latitude: 54.152846 , Easting: 223476, Northing: 322638 Prominence: 342m,  Isolation: 8.4km
ITM: 623427 822709,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvRsh, 10 char: SlvRshn
Bedrock type: Pale orthoquartzitic sandstone, (Glenade Sandstone Formation)

This isolated peak is on the Fermanagh/Cavan county bounds and overlooks Upper Lough Erne. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 174-75) for details of the festive assemblies at Tory Hole, a cave on the western slopes of Slieve Rushen, and on Ballyheady Hill, south of Ballyconnell.   Slieve Rushen is the 923rd highest place in Ireland. Slieve Rushen is the second most easterly summit in the Breifne area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Slieve Rushen (<i>Sliabh Roisean</i>) in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: The 'summit' in a winter coat.
Heather-topped hill with good views
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  23 Jan 2023
It is possible to drive up a narrow forest road to H23164 21626 starA, (Corneen Wind Farm) where there is parking for a few cars. This will take you to about 350m ascent, however after that, depending on conditions, it can still be a difficult walk to the NNE through 1.3km of heather and reeds. The high point is a slightly elevated mound of heather sticking up out of the bog. Excellent views to the west towards Cuilcagh, Benbrack etc. Despite the relatively short distance, allow 1.5 hours return journey to car, thanks to the terrain. Linkback: Picture about mountain Slieve Rushen (<i>Sliabh Roisean</i>) in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: The flat summit
Busy hill with remote top
by wicklore  9 Jan 2011
Slieve Rushen is situated in both Cavan and Fermanagh. The county boundary – and boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic – crosses Slieve Rushen, although it doesn’t come closer than 1km of the summit, meaning that the summit itself is in Cavan. Although only 404 metres in height, Slieve Rushen is a large hill, measuring about 6 kms at its widest, and 10 kms at its longest. Slieve Rushen has attracted all sorts of commercial activity, including wind farms, quarrying and forestry operations. I discovered a full size two lane tarmac road complete with central white lines running east- west at the 200 metre elevation mark, even though it is not marked on any OS map. This was clearly built for the heavy machinery driving around the hill. I discovered it at H23425 20139 starB and I followed it east until it was blocked by a barrier at H26154 20501 starC. I could only gaze at it disappearing into the distance ahead as I turned my car around. A warning sign written in both English and Polish was a reminder of the Celtic Tiger that would have brought so many workers to the commercial activity on the hill. There are several tracks running off the road which could give access to different areas of the hill. Despite all of the evidence of commercial activity, the summit itself is a pristine area of bog and heather, with no evidence of previous walkers. There aren’t even any animal tracks to help you through the sometimes difficult heather.

I opted to park at H23164 21626 starA and take a walk across the bog for about 1.2km to the summit. There is room for a few cars here, and there are a couple of wind turbines. There are no gates or keep out signs on the approach. The last few hundred metres up to this parking spot is a steep track. From here it is a case of heading NW over the bog to the unmarked summit. The ground is curiously spongy and it is slow going in places. It was freezing when I was there, and still soft, so I imagine it’s wet and difficult at other times. Slieve Rushen is a hill with no discernible high point, with a flat heathery summit unmarked by even a stone. There is a slight heathery bump about 80 metres north of the given MV grid ref which may be slightly higher than the surrounding bog, but I think a metre here or there wont matter to many.

There are quite good views of the surrounding plains, but it is the view west to the Cuilcagh – Benbeg – Benbrack area of upland that really catches the eye. These can all be clearly seen along with further outliers like Mullaleam and possibly even Belmore Mountain to the North West. There are no doubt several other routes up this hill, which could make use of the forestry along the southern and eastern slopes, although I get the feeling the summit is not visited very often. One note of caution. Despite the many wind turbines on the hill, the featureless nature of the summit area with nothing for 1km in any direction means that this could be a tricky place to be in poor visibility. Linkback:
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Not a bad way to finish a local 100!
by Geo  8 Sep 2013
After a damp Slieve Glah and a particularly horrendous high-step over the vegetation on Bruse Hill, we followed wicklore's excellent directions and grid references up to the end of the track on Slieve Rushen. The reward after number's 98 & 99 of my local list was a nice easy, soft walk across the bog to the 'summit' of my 100th local hill woohoo! Lots of whooshy wind turbines and the sound of boy racers burning rubber on the access roads below us were our soundtrack. It was hard to exactly pin-point the summit but we went with the little 'bump' impaled by a piece of timber. Linkback:
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Picture: From summit looking west
Snowed under
by Colin Murphy  23 Jan 2023
It's amazing sometimes how winter can transform an otherwise ordinary little hill into something beautiful. Slieve Rushen is a tramp through heather to a broad mound with a slightly smaller mound marking its high point. But the views from the top on this snowy January day made the effort worthwhile. Linkback:
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