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) Picture about mountain Slieve Beagh in area Fermanagh/S Tyrone, Ireland
Picture: Shane Barnagh's Lough which apparently holds buried treasure!
dr_banuska on Slieve Beagh, 2009
by dr_banuska  22 Jun 2009
Apologies in advance that this is so long! I don’t know when to stop; hopefully though someone might it useful. This is an area of upland I'd been intrigued by for some time and finally attempted it earlier this year, bringing my much suffering canine companion Susie with me. I'd already walked part of the Monaghan section of the Slieve Beagh Way (SBW), around the Penal Cross, but was keen to reach the summit 'where three counties meet'. I took an alternative route to the previous posters, included in a nice set of route cards called Walk South Ulster (if anyone wants a copy I can scan & email). I approached from the R186 Monaghan/Clogher road; Knockatallan and its walks are signposted a little north of Tydavnet. I passed the minor road signposted 'Three Counties Hollow', then the Slieve Beagh Hotel and at the main crossroads (signed Scotstown left & Roslea/Fivemiletown straight ahead) I took right up a minor road uphill. After almost 5kms you cross into Co. Fermanagh (speed limit signs give it away) and shortly after there is a carpark on the right along the SBW at Muckle Rocks, part of Mullaghfad Forest. Walk along the track into the forest, where you almost immediately take a right, then after about 1km take the track branching off to the left. Follow this north and when it ends continue across the start of the boggy land until the end of the line of forestry on your right. The card says from here 'turn slightly to the right onto the brow of the ridge' and when on it 'turn north again and walk towards the small mound in the distance'. Unfortunately I didn't quite pick out these features in the mostly nondescript, boggy landscape all around and ended up veering much too far to the right, northwest of the line of the forest, until I met a wire fence and small stream just beyond it (more on these later). While I was eventually able to find my way again, I would basically try to just head due north at the end of the forest. After some time you see a small clump of forestry ahead, head towards this and you come to the reedy lake known as Shane Barnagh's Lough and to the east of it, a small rocky hillock, Shane Barnagh's Stables. These features ordinarily wouldn't warrant much interest but I was delighted to come across them I knew I was on the right path, plus they broke up the monotony of this desolate landscape; also there's the legend of the 17th century cattle rustler and his treasure apparently buried at the bottom of the lough! The small summit of Doocarn is the highest point in the area, behind the clump of rather unhealthy looking forestry up ahead. To reach it, skirt to the right of the foresty, cross the fence and head north then left. I must warn that the summit area is very uninspiring; in fact there were two very minor bumps and hope I walked up the right one! The views aren't bad though: I could see Cuilcagh off to the southwest and the Sperrins to the north, and closer the wind farm between F’miletown and Fintona. Trackback:
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PART 2: From the summit follow the same fence dow .. by dr_banuska   (Show all for Slieve Beagh)
In terms of height this county high point is cert .. by murphysw   (Show all for Slieve Beagh)
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