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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Ireland August 2012 - Day 7 & 8 - Dunmakeever and Cuilcagh Mountain

Day 7 Afternoon
Tuesday afternoon .
This is another view of Lough MacNean.

I went to visit friends Philip and Mary, and spent the day with them.
Philip has been diagnosed with a serious disease and is having chemotherapy.
Mary cooked sumptuous T bone steaks, Philip has a great appetite and a great attitude to his illness.
It was a lovely evening as we walked off our dinner with a circuit of the FlorenceCourt Estate.
Anyone seeing Philip striding out would think there was nothing wrong with him.
I'm sorry I didn't get another visit before coming home. All the best to you both.

Day 8 Cuilcagh

My twin daughters Sarah and Marie, and Sarah's fiance Phil are joining me to climb
Cuilcagh Mountain 
The twins have climbed it previously, it'll be Phil's first time.
We start to walk from what is locally known as 'Brian's Hill'.
We head over by the old peat bogs, and follow the river upstream.

Cuilcagh is important in mosses and lichens.
Looks like it got some interesting fungi too.
I took much more macro shots of Cuilcagh's flora and fauna on last years climb.
Scroll down this link for a colourful collection.

The first time I climbed up here, I learned  from my father in law about the 'Green Stripe'.
I've been coming up this way ever since even though there are easier ways up.

We're soon looking down again on the wider Glangevlin Community.

A mountain native.

It gets easier on the plateau (not that I'm inferring that Phil is resting, he's enjoying the view)

Sarah and Marie and the wee lough below...............

........................and over thirty years ago their older sisters Michele and Lynn
(Have you two been up since ? Oh yes Lynn climbed it last in 1993)

At 665 metres, Cuilcagh Mountain is the highest point in Cavan and Fermanagh. Its distinctive table-top profile is the dominant landscape feature in a region rich in geology, archaeology, folklore, history and wildlife. The mountain is topped by gritstone, which is exposed in places as dramatic cliffs looming over the upper sandstone and shale slopes. The middle slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain are covered with a thick layer of peat forming one of the best examples of a blanket bog ecosystem in the north of Ireland. Cuilcagh's lower slopes contain Ireland's finest karst or limestone landscapes, which hide many complex cave systems.

A full zoom brings up Lough MacNean and Belcoo.
Spot the raven,I never noticed it while I was taking the picture.

Lots of pictures taken at the summit.
The Triangulation Station was put up in the 1950s.
The sand, cement and aggregate was brought up on donkeys.

The name of one of the builders can still be seen in the spider.
We'll see him back at Dunmakeever.(He's my brother-in-law)

The ten second delay picture.

Now I thought I'd take a panorama.
I'm disappointed that the light wasn't better.

                      Panorama of Cuilcagh Mountain View on

It's also here on Panogio

Here are some stretches of water.
Top is Upper Lough Erne.
Below left is Upper Lough MacNean
Below right is Brackley Lake (What looks like an oversized tree is a Crannog in the lough)

We have lunch and just enjoy being up here.

Marie goes walkabout.
In the distance is Ben Bulben, while Keiran O'Conner flies over in his F172N Cessna.

We get another shot of the four of us, and Sarah and Marie add white stones to the ancient track.

Cuilcagh is part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Thanks for this picture Marie

In 2008, the UNSECO endorsed Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark of which the Marble Arch Caves are a key site, was expanded to include some of the most scenic landscapes in Counties Fermanagh and Cavan, making it the first cross-border Geopark anywhere in the world.Marble Arch Caves is the flagship attraction of the Geopark and is one of Europe's finest showcaves. Visitors explore a fascinating natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages, lofty chambers and a bewildering array of cave formations.Behind the visitor centre is the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve. For a peaceful and relaxing walk, follow the path alongside the Claddagh River. The unique ancient plant life that grows on the river banks changes with every season as does the amazing wildlife with dippers and pine martens being just some of the animals that reside there. 

There's a stile along the fence on Bursan, and we'll descend by the old track.
I think we're all a little light headed with the altitude.

I was asked
"Why didn't we come up this way ?"

It was about here we strayed from the track a little.
I always seem to lose it at the same point, yet at the gate looking back it's obvious !

N.B (At this point we had to almost run for our lives.
Billions and trillions of flying ants began emerging from the earth and getting into our clothes, hair and even into body orifii. They were also vicious biters. I still don't know how we survived them.) 

Back at Doonmakeever we're treated to our second slap up meal......
...........and below, a farm tour.
We're in unison about one thing.
We've had a great day.


  1. A true family day out Jim with lots of memories to take home with you.

  2. it was a really memorable day. we all loved it. thanks dad for leading the expedition. you're a star, and this is a really good account of it too. well done for finding out who flew overhead.

  3. Cuicagh might not be Ireland's biggest mountain Gordon, but it takes my breath away every time.

    I loved the company Sez, good that Phil thought it was great too.
    And wasn't it good to get the account of the building of the Triangulation pillar from the man himself.

  4. Glad you got a great day for it.I,d love to visit marble arch caves.Sounds impressive.I had hundreds of flying ants explode into my bathroom one year. They had a nest under the house and crawled up the pipe chase then through a hole at the sink.Sadly I Had to suck them all up with a hoover off the walls and the roof in case they escaped all over the rest of the house.With the door shut behind me it Felt like being inside a locust swarm.(There,s no hole now!)

  5. Funny you should mention beasties in the house Bob. For the past week, I've had flies coming out of the floorboards. I've been down on my knees looking for where they're emerging. I can only think somethings died in the foundation and these are emerging from maggots. Haven't seen any today, so hopefully they're done, but like you the hoover's done the job.
    It's a while since I took the boat ride down the caves. It's an impressive system.


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