Slieve Beagh 380m hill, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland at
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Fermanagh/S Tyrone Area
Place count in area: 15, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 17, 18, 19 
Highest place:
Belmore Mountain, 398m
Maximum height for area: 398 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 323 metres,

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Slieve Beagh Hill Sliabh Beatha A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Beatha [DUPN], prob. 'mountain of birch') Fermanagh/Tyrone County, in Binnion List, Shale, laminated carbonate, evaporite Bedrock

Height: 380m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 18 Grid Reference: H52385 43639
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Longitude: -7.195401, Latitude: 54.338769 , Easting: 252385, Northing: 343639 Prominence: 285m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 652322 843639,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvBgh, 10 char: SlvBgh
Bedrock type: Shale, laminated carbonate, evaporite, (Meenymore Formation)

This hill straddles the counties of Fermanagh, Tyrone and Monaghan. A point just E of the summit is the highest point in Co. Monaghan (366m), but the summit itself is on the Fermanagh/Tyrone border. According to Irish mythology, Bith, a son of Noah, was buried here. He took part in the first invasion of Ireland led by his daughter, queen Cesair. However, it is likely that 'mountain of Bith' is a re-interpretation of the name and that its original meaning is more mundane: 'mountain of birch'. The summit of Slieve Beagh is marked by a cairn named Doocarn. Near the summit is a Shane Barnagh's Lough and a rocky area called Shane Barnagh's Stables. These are named after the rapparee Shane Barnagh O'Donnelly. His activities must have covered a wide area, as there is also a knoll known as Shane Barnagh's Sentry-Box in the hills above Pomeroy, some 30 km to the north-east. On the northern slopes of Slieve Beagh is Altadavin Glen, which was once a place of pagan or druidic worship. Saint Patrick is said to have banished the evil spirits into Lough Beg nearby. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 153-55) for details of the festive assembly at Altadavin.   Slieve Beagh is the third highest hill in the Fermanagh/S Tyrone area and the 995th highest in Ireland.

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Unremarkable top in bleak moorland .. by group   (Show all for Slieve Beagh)
Took a trek up Slieve Beagh this morning as part .. by paulocon   (Show all for Slieve Beagh)
Apologies in advance that this is so long! I don .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Slieve Beagh) Picture about mountain Slieve Beagh in area Fermanagh/S Tyrone, Ireland
Picture: Susie and my coat in Monaghan, while I'm in Fermanagh (shot also gives an idea of the terrain)
dr_banuska on Slieve Beagh, 2009
by dr_banuska  22 Jun 2009
PART 2: From the summit follow the same fence down until you come to the depression (again, very uninspiring) known as Three Counties Hollow where Fermanagh, Monaghan and Tyrone meet (it would be nice if there was a small marker to indicate exactly where this point is, seeing as its one of the key attractions of Slieve Beagh... I did however see a sign saying 'No shooting'!). From here you can see, to the northeast, the small rounded Lough Sallagh, which is in fact split between Tyrone and Monaghan and is worth a look. The route card recommends upsloping onto the ridge of Eshbrack (Monaghan) before finally returning to the start point but I was conscious of time and of again getting confused in the featureless landscape, so I decided to head south along the fence as I knew from earlier that it led back to the (far side of) the forest. After a while the same stream I had seen earlier could be heard then seen, this time to the left of the fence. I walked for seemingly ages through this unmerciful, reedy terrain (bad idea to wear boots with large heels) alongside the left bank of the stream, with the forest never seeming to get much closer, cursing this desolate landscape and thinking to myself that I'd finally got this hiking malarky out of my system! Finally, however, I met the forest to the right and I crossed the stream and fence and walked south along the track at the forest edge, which was much easier and very welcome terrain. Heading south here I noticed a pretty little waterfall in the stream. Incidentally, the stream forms the border between Monaghan and Fermanagh (further downstream, I had crossed it in the car just before the car park) and because it is so narrow here you can get some great quirky photos of you literally straddling the border! After a time you see a small footbridge crossing the stream on your left (this is part of the SBW and I would've crossed it eventually had I followed the route card) and here there is a path into the forest on your right. Follow this for about 1.5kms back to the car park; passing, on your way down on the right the turn-off you originally took out of the forest. Overall, Slieve Beagh was definitely memorable if not altogether enjoyable; it's probably one of Ireland’s least known areas of upland so it's nice to know you're one of the few to actually bag it (I literally didn't see another soul for hours). Sadly though, because the summit area is a huge rounded mound the views aren't generally that good. Also, I would stress again that the terrain is desolate and tough going; in poor visibility I can see how you could get disorientated and panic. I realized I had dropped the route card at one stage and spent an anxious several mins retracing my steps. I also belatedly realized I had lost my jumper that I had tied around my waist, which I never retrieved. It's blue and lilac and if anyone finds it up there please contact me as I will be delighted to see it again!! Trackback:
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In terms of height this county high point is cert .. by murphysw   (Show all for Slieve Beagh)
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