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Croaghgorm Mountain Donegal County
An Chruach Ghorm A name in Irish (Language)
(Ir. An Chruach Ghorm [DUPN], 'the blue stack')
Height: 674 metres OS 1/50k Mapsheet: 11 for top
Grid Ref: G94832 89585 Latitude: 54.754171 Longitude: -8.081046
ITM: 594782 889576 Prominence: 541m   Isolation: 1.7km
Rating graphic. Situated in the townland of Sruell. Marked as Bluestack on 1st series of 6 maps. Locally the range is simply known as na Cruacha or the Crows.
Croaghgorm is the highest mountain in the Bluestack Mountains area and the 150th highest in Ireland. Croaghgorm is the third highest point in county Donegal. Our data has reached 65% of the goal for this summit. (Details)
   

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm in area Bluestack Mountains, County Donegal, Ireland
Picture: Summit - looking NW with Gaugin Mt on left and Ardnageer SW in centre Expand pics.
 
Updated Summary Isolated summit with spectacular views
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  29 Mar 2014 This route is via Croaghbane, Ardnageer & Ardnageer SW Top. Turn south off the R253 and enter the Reelan River Valley, where you will see a sign for Slí na Finne. Turn south here and follow the road for 200m, crossing a flat bridge. There is parking just across the bridge for a couple of cars at G963 937 (Point A). Follow the Sli na Finne track east for 50m then turn south up Glascarns Hill and on to Croaghbane. Turn directly west across very rocky terrain which features numerous crevices and large outcrops. There is a steepish final climb to Ardnageer. From here proceed 700m south west to Ardnageer SW top. Croaghgorm lies a further 1.5 km to the south west, with a relative gentle ascent across a mixture of rock and grass. The summit features a circular wind-shelter type structure a couple of metres in diameter. There are beautiful views of the Croaghnard Lough valley to the north. Time from car to top: 3.25 hours.
Point A: G963 937 (turn area map On)

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm in area Bluestack Mountains, County Donegal, Ireland
Picture: Croaghnard Valley in the evening light Expand pics.
New Comment Painful descent via Croachanard Lough
by Colin Murphy  29 Mar 2014 Having spent over three hours reaching this isolated summit from the Reelan River bridge at G963 937 (Point A), rather than re-trace my steps, I decided I could save considerable time and enjoy better views by returning via the wonderful Croaghanard Lough Valley. There is a forest to the north of the lough in which I could see a distinct track (visible in picture). I descended into the valley which was surprisingly firm underfoot, keeping to the east of the numerous streams. There is enough space between the forest and lough to allow for relatively easy walking. All went well until I was just to the north of the lough and only 100m from the forest track - the only problem was that there was no access to the track! After searching around for 15 minutes, I realised I would have to take the plunge and battle through the densely packed woodland. I finally emerged on to the track after 20 minutes of cursing, crawling, fighting and beating my way through unbending branches! The track led me directly back to my car as it happened, and saved me over an hour's journey. But was it worth it? Scratched, bruised, leggings shredded! If you decide to take this route, bring a machete!
Point A: G963 937 (turn area map On)
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm in area Bluestack Mountains, County Donegal, Ireland
Picture: Looking towards the Derryveagh range from Croaghgorm summit Expand pics.
 
by eflanaga  11 Jun 2006 From Binnasruell summit (See fro previous part of circuit) I took a bearing of 93E to take me in direction of the saddle above Sruell Gap passed earlier in the day prior to climbing Croaghbane. The terrain was not as difficult on this side of the valley as it had been when crossing from Lavagh Beg to ‘Sruell. I decided to veer slightly of course so as to come around the southern end of Spot Height 465m IG 92524 90443 (Point B). This took me along the heights above Sruell Gap with wonderful views up and down the valley and across to Croaghgorm. Aided by sheep tracks managed to maintain reasonable height. Decided to drop down to floor of gap short of the saddle as I could see what appeared to be relatively straightforward route up SW slope of the hill. Grassy slopes for tmost part, eventually reaching height before drop into gully then steep climb up rockier ground to wonderfully broad summit IG 94834 89585 (Point C). Fantastic views in every direction. This is really a beautiful mountain. Stopped for a while hunkered down in the shade of the small stone shelter with what appears to be a ‘water hydrant metal lid’ in it! What’s that about? While there heard the noise of an engine. Looking over rim of shelter I saw a tractor with man and child on lower slopes below. My wave was returned in a friendly manner and the man got on with his business, while I got on with mine, which was to take the easiest route possible over roughly 5k back to camp site on Croaghbarnes IG 99067 90066 (Point D). Decided to take a bearing of 76NE and make for Binmore above Lough Belshade and then drop on to the saddle between Croaghbarnes and Croaghbane, On the way passed some of the wreckage of aircraft mentioned by gerrym. Initial part of descent was over exposed slab and boulder & was relatively easy. However, once I passed below Binmore I realised that things were not going to work out as easy as I thought. Was faced with a series of very deep gullys, which spilled their contents into the beautiful Belshade lough below. While the exposed rock made for steady footing I was faced with ‘cliff like’ drops in places necessitating a degree of ‘switchback’ in order to reach slopes of Croaghbarnes. Making the saddle was not an option so had to drop to within 100m of lough & struggle over deep tussock grass and gorse before I could eventually begin final ascent of the day up to camp site. Once I had decamped and removed all trace of my presence I had the long slog with heavy pack on tired legs over 3K over difficult terrain following course of Corabber river to start of Edergole track IG97840 88071 (Point E) and the car a further 2K beyond. Despite difficulties encountered in latter part of Croaghgorm to Croaghbarnes stage (not recommended), entire route, was extremely challenging but enjoyable. Summiting Croaghgorm was a cause for celebration in itself as it marked my 100th summit over 500m since I started on July 4th last year with Errigal.
Point B: G92524 90443 Point C: G94834 89585 Point D: G99067 90066
Point E: G97840 88071 (turn area map On)
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm in area Bluestack Mountains, County Donegal, Ireland
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by tiktiktik3  24 Sep 2005 Bluestacks - Binmore-(Groaghgorm) 29/08/2005
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series map 11

We started out from Donegal Town direction Bluestacks/Letterkenny (N15). On the first signpost Bluestacks Way (mapgrid 79/95) turn left towards Harvey’s point (Lough Eske) (mapgrid82/96), continue on the road round the lough. When you come on the far point of the Lough (mapgrid 86/96) you wil see a small road going up the mountain. Follow it until you see a sign “private road” and a fence next to it, there’s also a parking spot here to leave your car. Now go on foot through the fence and follow the road until it peters out into a path. One point of interest, almost at its end, you will see a little stream comin down the mountain , follow your ears and you’ll find a magnificent waterfall, the water falls down in a deep gully with a black pool at the bottom. If you follow the goats down (its real easy) you be rewarded with a beautiful spot on some big boulders mid stream in front of the fall for a rest or a picnic before the actual climb
Once your on the move again, a little further the track ends and you have to find your own way up. We chose to go by the first gully ahead and that route seemed Ok, other ways are possible. Once on top we steered toward Binmore, through a valley of bog who takes up some time to work (find) your way through. Noted there are three little lakes (mapgrid 88/96). Once you reached Binmore things are easier again (no more bog) it’s a nice climb and the views going up while before you more and more of the Bluestack range is revealing itself, while looks behind gets you in bright weather over Lough eske to Sligo and Ben Bulbin. As you get to the top of Binmore, on your right you will see a giant’s footstep (mapgrid 89/97), think Finn Mac Cool who build the Giant Causeway made a stroll inland at one point. The moment I saw it I named it Lough Foot. Once on top you find a sheltering cairn big enough to put one or two small tents if you should be prepared for it and plan to stay overnight above. For me and my wife this was as high as we got… Although we wanted to stay a few hours longer exploring and push on over the ridge to Groaghgorm, time was against us going way past over 19u so it was wisely to head back down during the daylight that was left, all in all a more than recommended walk/climb…
Next time I try not to linger that long by the Waterfall…
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by absalon  8 Nov 2002 Fine walk from the townland of Croleck ; following stream for a while then ascend Glascairn Hill and on to Ardnageer.Follow ridge to Cruachgorm ,down & up to Lavaghmore. Descend to young forest & make your way punishingly around or through it to Croleck. Strenuous,wet at beginning & end but eminently enjoyable.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm in area Bluestack Mountains, County Donegal, Ireland
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by gerrym  28 Aug 2007 I have approached Croaghgorm from both E and W as part of routes over the central Bluestacks. It is a rugged mountain with fairly complex terrain approaching from neighbouring Ardnageer/Knockgorm on the eastern side (see for previous part of a circuit). This ascent is south west from Ardnageer over firm but rough ground into a col. I kept close to the northern slopes, avoiding more complex ground running off south which could be difficult in poor visibility. The climb ahead arched around northwards with the summit hidden in mist. There is not a great height to be climbed going by the map but this is deceptive as have to climb in and out of a series of gullies.

I came across a 3x3 section of riveted aluminium, which i presume is part of the Sunderland aircraft which crashed here during the war (as described in Walk Guide West of Ireland by P. Simms & T. Whilde). This was in a gulley just before a perfectly formed little lough prior to the final climb to the summit area. If the gulley is followed N it will reveal more parts of the aircraft, including two engine blocks, with further wreckage strewn over the hillside. There is also a poignant memorial on a rock further down the hill, including several rememberance wreaths placed over the years.
There is a cairn as climb onto the summit - the true summit is about 5 minutes off to the N.W., past the end of a newly constructed fenceline, marked by the remains of a stone shelter. The mist was beginning to lift by this time and i got glimpses S.W to Donegal Bay and N.W. to Lavagh More. Descend N.W. taking a bearing on point 597 on the map, skirting around this and the neighbouring loughs to descend steeply over grassy ground into Struell Gap.
The approach from the W was also from the Struell Gap, but in better weather and allowed me to fully appreciate the monster views from the hill, down into the deep Struell valley and further afield to the other high peaks of Donegal. Bathed in sunlight the hill and those surrounding it can take on a magical persona, rugged, rocky, wild, beuatiful, isolated and even warm (just about).
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