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2017-01-20

Mullaghcarn

Mullaghcarn

Mullach Cairn

Near the summit of Mullaghcarn

Highest point

Elevation
542 m (1,778 ft)

Listing
Marilyn

Coordinates
54°40′0″N 7°12′0″W / 54.66667°N 7.20000°W / 54.66667; -7.20000Coordinates: 54°40′0″N 7°12′0″W / 54.66667°N 7.20000°W / 54.66667; -7.20000

Naming

Translation
peak of the cairns (Irish)

Geography

Location in Northern Ireland

Location
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Parent range
Sperrins

OSI/OSNI grid
H5180

Topo map
OSNI Discoverer 13

Mullaghcarn (from Irish: Mullach Cairn, meaning “peak of the cairns”[1][2]) is a mountain in the southwest Sperrins, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The peak reaches a height of 542 m (1778 ft),[3] and is the 370th highest in Ireland.[4] Mullaghcarn is in Omagh District Council, on the edge of Gortin Glen Forest Park, and is the most southerly peak in the Sperrins.[4] It is 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of Omagh,[5] and is 3.1 miles (5.0 km) south of Gortin.

Contents

1 Nature
2 History
3 Gallery
4 References

Nature[edit]
Mullaghcarn is steep, and has a rocky summit. The west of the mountain is home to conifers.[6] “Acid” grassland is the most common on Mullaghcarn, and peat is not especially common, due to the draining of the eastern mountain. Heather is most common on the northern slopes. The Red Grouse can be found on heathland around Mullaghcarn.[7]
History[edit]
Mullaghcarn was home to firing ranges during World War II. These were used by the police and US Army soldiers stationed in the area.[8]
Gallery[edit]

The summit of Mullaghcarn from above

The summit of Mullaghcarn from above

Looking east from summit, towards the cairn, two telecommunications masts and helipad

References[edit]

^ Placenames Database of Ireland
^ Mills, A. D. (2003). A Dictionary of British Place-Names. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
^ “Omagh”. Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
^ a b “Mullaghcarn”. MountainViews. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
^ The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland. A Fullarton and Co. 1846. p. 440. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
^ “Bessy Bell and Gortin Landscape”. Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
^ “Bessy Bell and Gortin Biodiversity Profile”. Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
^ “Your Place and Mine – Fecarry Range”. BBC.co.uk. British Broadcasting
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