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Donegal NW Area
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,   Summits in area: 71,   Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 6 For all tops   Highest summit: Errigal, 751m
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Loughsalt Mountain Hill Cnoc an Liatháin A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc an Liatháin [MacNeill*], 'hill of the little grey one') Donegal County, in Carn List, Whitish quartzite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 469m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C13321 26482 This summit has been logged as climbed by 55 members. Recently by: chalky, kenmoore, pmeldrum, tiki, Terry-Parker, Mojoran, Vikingr2013, cody1, Lucky1, dregishjake, Wildcat, turfymccloud, mark-rdc, killyman1, AntrimRambler
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Longitude: -7.792195, Latitude: 55.08545 , Easting: 213321, Northing: 426482 Prominence: 364m,   Isolation: 3.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 613267 926465,   GPS IDs, 6 char: LghsMn, 10 char: LghsltMntn
Bedrock type: Whitish quartzite with pebble beds, (Slieve Tooey Quartzite Formation)

See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 143-44) for details of the festive assembly on Ganiamore.   Loughsalt Mountain is the 557th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Loughsalt Mountain in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: From the SW.
 
Short walk and great views.
Short Summary created by simon3,  16 Oct 2012
Start from either the north or south end of the Lough. From the south you can park around C1220 2620 A and go around the south end onto paths that lead to the top. From the north you can start around C129269 B and ascend the steep ground there to the summit.

Track 2224 shows a way of extending the walk around Lough Reelan.

The attractions of this summit are the amazing views which encompass the Errigal-Muckish ridge and the Urris Hills on the Inishowen peninsula. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/5312/
 
vikinghar on Loughsalt Mountain, 2008
by vikinghar  24 Apr 2008
Slieve Lough Salt was the very first mountain I climbed as an aspiring hill-walker. Me and a mate bought a book on walking in the Donegal mountains and chose Lough Salt as our first venture and, you guessed it, we were hooked from then on, so it has a special place in my heart. Lough Salt is a name that derives from the Irish/English mix of “Lough’s Alt”, meaning the high Loughs. It stands as the highest point in a “relatively” flat surrounding area and commands great views most day and heavenly views some days. From Lough Salt you can see the full glory of Donegal, from Malin Head to the Derryveagh Mountains to the Bluestacks.

Lough Salt is mostly grassy and boggy with some well trodden paths to the top on one side and steep banks lush with 4ft heather on the other. It is a circular walk from a conveniently placed car park. From there, the top can be reached in 45 mins without stopping. I prefer a more relaxed pace and do the whole walk in about three hours. The only dangers are the cliffs above the lake, especially in a sudden mist, and a few pot holes.

Getting there is very easy. OSI Sheet 2 is the map to use. From Letterkenny take the road to Kilmacrennan and you will be able to see the characteristic saddle-top twin peaks very prominent on the horizon. Go through Kilmacrennan and about half a mile on the other side there is a turn to the right, signposted as the Lough Salt Drive. Follow this for about 3 miles until you pass a pump house at the head of the Lough itself and then come to a car park and viewing point beyond (C12200 26200).

From the car park, walking, retrace the road back past the pump house and you will see a style in the fence to your left. Climb this and look out for the style in the fence above. Follow the sheep path to go over the right hand side of the rocky knoll before you. The path will take you down past an old grotto used by sheep for shelter. If you look up to the top of the mountain from here you will see a patch of scree. Ascend the rise just to the left of the scree. Don’t go too far to the right at this point as you will reach the cliff. After the scree you will soon reach the first peak. Then follow the path to the second peak where the trig pillar is (C13400 26500 C), and don’t forget to enjoy the views.

From the trig pillar you can choose your decent. You can choose to stay along the ridge that will take you around the top of Lough Reenan, or you can choose to descend further down the ridge. The second option is a bit more adventurous and this is where grabbing onto the 4ft heather is really useful, but no real danger with either route.

Once you are down to Lough Reenan, follow the lane out to the road. Turn left and you’ll be back to the car park in no time. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/3064/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Loughsalt Mountain in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: Lough Salt's NW view
simon3 on Loughsalt Mountain, 2009
by simon3  16 Sep 2009
After returning from this summit we were assured by our hosts that it was the finest view in Donegal something strongly suggested by "slemish" in his recent comment. From a somewhat similar viewpoint to his or hers but a better day I got this picture.

Isn't it amazing? From Muckish to the Derryveagh Slieve Snaght in one clear shot. Incidentally the summits of Inishowen such as the Urris Hills were also very visible.

On another note: Lough Salt's depth has been given as around 74m which just may make it the deepest in Ireland, however there are other contenders such as Lough Leane. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/4106/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Loughsalt Mountain in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: Looking west from Loughsalt Mountain over Lough Salt to Muckish
 
slemish on Loughsalt Mountain, 2009
by slemish  31 May 2009
Having holidayed in this part of Donegal for many years I had always longed to climb the magnificent Loughsalt Mountain. Today in glorious weather I finally got the chance. I parked at a little lay-by on the road between Kilmacrenan and Glen, just to the north of the lough (129269) and proceeded up the mountain from there. Very steep indeed for much of the ascent. I found grabbing on to the deep heather was a useful support. Although it was only half ten in the morning it was very warm and the breeze was most welcome, which got stronger as I climbed. Loughsalt Mountain has three distinct summit areas. The central one is the highest reaching 469m and it's this summit that is marked by the trig pillar and a small cross. However the western summit commands the most spectacular views - especially the vertiginous sheer drop into Lough Salt itself. In fact, practically the whole of Donegal is laid out before your eyes - from Slieve Snaght in Inishowen, all the way round past Muckish and Errigal to the distant Blue Stacks. Even today with a slight haze in the air the views were incredible - on a crystal clear day they must be absolutely mind-blowing. I descended by the same route, taking care as there are extensive patches of scree on the way down and the last section really is frighteningly steep. Soon enough I was back at the car - mission accomplished! Total trip - about 1 hr. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/3790/
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Picture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-tJvnNEbSI
A McVeigh Film
by CaptainVertigo  12 Oct 2014
Gerry McVeigh has expanded his film range to cover the whole island, but I think that his special fondness is for the beauties of Donegal. It's a county that appears to be full of hidden gems, and Gerry delights in revealing these to us.
Let me quote from Garmin (Track 2224):
This is a very beautiful part of Donegal with 360 degree wonderful views of North West Donegal and beyond. The going underfoot for this walk was generally very good even after a week of heavy rain. There were a couple of very steep sections on the way back including a gully so a little extra care was needed.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable walk in a remote but lovely part of Donegal
So if you're thinking of going around Lough Salt and up the mountain, check out Track 2224, and enjoy this very informative YouTube piece.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-tJvnNEbSI Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/17726/
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Loughsalt Mountain
by three5four0  11 Apr 2010
What a day and what a view! After the easter weekends snow it was a change to be out in sunshine and in a barmy 19 degrees at that. There is not much I can add to the comments already made below, except there is space to park a few cars at the stile, mentioned by Vikinghar, where you cross from the road onto the hillside. Do leave this hill for a good day, the nice first frosts of autumn would be an ideal time for those keen photographers amongst us to visit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/4608/
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