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kernowclimber
2010-11-23 18:43:19
Delectable Donegal
Donegal, a magical corner of Ireland: remote, not on the way to anywhere, a land of wide open spaces and big skies. Friel's Donegal, a place of jagged coastline and treacherous cliffs, shimmering loughs, heathery moors and bogs hemmed in by mountains. Its primitive charm and its wildness have also spawned some of Ireland’s finest musicians. Their languid, ethereal tunes, many sung in the haunting cadence of Gaelic, conjure up images of this timeless land. You don’t just ‘see’ Donegal, you ‘feel’ it.
We set out mid afternoon to climb Mackoght and then Errigal. The air was cold and crisp atop Mackoght. Mist drifted periodically up over the shattered scree covered NE face of Errigal which looked virtually unassailable from this angle. Joining the tourist path we quickly attained the summit to feast our eyes upon sublime 360 degree views. The setting sun cast a pool of rosy light upon the scalloped face of Aghla More and the loughs of Dunlewy and Nacung blushed pink. On descent the full moon rose and stars began to wink in the firmament. The moonlight reflected off the bog pools like shattered shards of a giant’s mirror and was so bright it was possible to see without torches.
After booking in at Errigal Hostel, we headed for Tábhairne Leo with its colourful clientele. One wore apparel like that of a Puritan preacher complete with broad rimmed black hat; another sported peacock feathers in her 1920’s hairdo. The place was packed to the rafters as the musicians struck up, the rhythmic beat of the bodhrán contrasting with the plaintive, mellow notes of the flute. ‘Níl sé ina lá’ sang the band, ‘níl sé ina lá is ní bheidh go maidin’, as my mind began to wander. ‘De ye know ‘Tuoer-kee?’ enquired a woman at our table. Smiling banally, I wondered what on earth ‘Turkey’ had to do with me being from Cornwall... the Guinness began to flow more freely. Knowing we wouldn’t have made it ‘til the morning we quietly slipped away following the draw of a raffle in aid of Donegal Mountain Rescue.
The land steamed as the morning sun gently released it from the icy grip of the night. There’s something about the quality of the light in Donegal - a translucence that enlivens the russet heather, green mosses and warm bands of coloured rock in the cliffs of Slieve League, exposed and polished by the storms of countless ages, and contrasts with the deep blue of the sea and sky. The cliffs truncated by ice and ocean are stupendous, the sea so far below the waves appear silent. On a perfect autumn afternoon we took the cliff path, scrambling the airy arête at Kerringear and One Man’s Pass to the summit. Panoramic views unfolded: Benbulben, Nephin, Achill Island, and even distant Croagh Patrick. Inland a sea of mountain-tops receded in tumultuous waves as far as the rounded head of Slieve Snaght and the cone of Errigal. We completed our circular walk via the Pilgrim’s Path to Bunglass as night fell and the moonlight shimmered over this enchanting landscape.
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Farbreague: from Arderin
ewen 5 days ago.
Walked to Farbreague from Arderin. There is a track that some kind soul has marked with sticks and ribbon. When I say track, it is really a worn down trough in the bog.The multicoloured pipe at th...

  
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Robber's Pass Hill: Minor heathery lump. Overcivilised and underwhelming.
Collaborative entry Last edit by: simon3 3 days ago.
This oddly named hill is more a very minor heathery bump incorporated into the system of tracks laid out by the Wicklow Mountains National Park. It can be reached from any of the western car-parks...

  
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Tonelagee: Fore!!!
ewen 5 days ago.
Did from the Wicklow gap car park following track 2378.This starts immediately opposite the top entrance to the car park next to the main road. 5 days before there had been snow but now the path w...

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Brandon Hill: Grand on Brandon!
MountainBoy 6 days ago.
Me and my Dad climbed this from the farm track off the Graiguenamanagh-Instioge road on 26/11/16. Right after we got out of the car, we were faced with the dilemma of whether to go straight ahead ...

  
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Croaghmoyle: Easy walk up to great views
Fergal Meath 6 days ago.
Low lying cloud/mist/fog discouraged me from putting the effort into going up Nephin today. On the way home I parked at the start of the Croaghmoyle service road and followed it past a wind turbin...

  
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Slieve Binnian - more track work ?
gernee 4 days ago.
Revisited Slieve Binnian for the first time in years on Friday - frost underfoot, blue skies and rolling mist contributed to a great walk, despite disappointment at seeing some of the track work u...

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ewen
ewen 5 days ago.
Now living furth of Scotland and getting to know the Irish hills. If you come across a Scottish hill Walker with dodgy knees and walking sedately, stop and say hello.

  
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Ben of Howth: Loop walk starting from Howth Harbour
Joshua3 6 days ago.
There is a nice loop walking signposted from Howth Harbour taking in the cliff path, summit and going close to the top of the Ben. The Black Linn walk is about 8 km and comfortably completed in un...

  
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Binnian-Lamagan Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
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Spelga Loop
David-Guenot a week ago.
walk, Len: 12.7km, Climb: 739m, Area: Pigeon Rock Mountain, Mourne Mountains (I...

  
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Carrigroe: Sea of cloud
Kennyj 6 days ago.
Unusual low cloud today heading towards Carrigroe

  
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Stags of Broadhaven (central): Climbing
IainMiller a week ago.
The Archipelago of the Stags of Broadhaven are a group of five steep rock islands with Teach Dónal ÓCléirigh rising to a height of 97m above the atlantic. The Stags live about 2.5km north of the c...


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