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Donegal NW Area   Derryveagh Mountains Subarea
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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Muckish Mountain An Mhucais A name in Irish
(Ir. An Mhucais [DUPN], 'the pig back/ridge') Donegal County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists

Height: 667.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C00448 28709 This summit has been logged as climbed by 289 members. Recently by: joekdp, Aidy, kenmoore, chalky, MrChew, doopa, DenisMc, sean-evelyn, tiki, vince_curran, Fergalh, Ulsterpooka, Rob_Lee, Benedicte, dregish
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Longitude: -7.993765, Latitude: 55.105634 , Easting: 200448, Northing: 428709 Prominence: 667.08m,   Isolation: 3.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 600397 928691,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mcksh, 10 char: Muckish

So named from a fancied resemblance according to Joyce. The mountain does indeed have the shape of a pig's back, with a curve before a steep downward drop on the S side. A quarry on the N side of the mountain was used to extract high-grade quartz sand for optical glass.   Muckish is the third highest mountain in the Donegal NW area and the 160th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Muckish in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: The Grotto
 
The rocky road to the top
by Colin Murphy  4 May 2011
Followed scapania's short summary route from the south, parking at B999 269 A (point B) and made it back to the car park after approximately 2 hours. The terrain is quite steep and boggy in the early stages but once the shoulder is reached (to the top right of the picture) it becomes a good deal less vertical - although there is still quite a considerable walk remaining to reach the summit. The difficulty then when approaching from this side is that most of the going is across a surface littered with countless small boulders, so watch your step or you'll end up twisting your ankle! Spectacular mountain though and definitely worth the effort! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/6337/
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Picture: Looking down on the Miners' Track
Brilliant Experience
by Aidy  14 Sep 2014
A few weeks ago, coming down from Carrauntoohil and Cnoc na Toinne and making my way back to Cronin's Yard, I fell in to the company of a very knowledgable Corkman - obviously a very experienced hill walker. He had walked many of the mountains in my own northern end of the country, and was particularly effusive about Muckish. As he clearly knew his stuff, I resolved to tackle Muckish sooner rather than later, and now know that he was right - Muckish is a particularly brilliant mountain.

The routes have been well described here, so I can't add much. i took the southern route, parking at the shrine, the steep climb offering increasingly good views of the rest of the Derryveagh mountains. The plateau at the top is magnificent, with a covering of rock, and many cairns, some very impressive. In addition to visiting the large cairn in the middle of the plateau, the trig pillar, and the large cairn at the eastern edge with the cross, I would strongly advise leaving time to wander round the western and nothern sides too. There are fantastic views to be had over north and west Donegal, even if it was very hazy on my visit. One spot offered a great vantage point to look across and down at the Miners' Track. It looked so impressive that I descended part of the way down. The steep, winding path was a great experience, and the abandoned mining equipment was very interesting.

An absolutely brilliant mountain. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/17678/
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skyehigh on Muckish, 2005
by skyehigh  26 Mar 2005
I can confirm dmcdevitt's suggestion that climbing Muckish from the south (Muckish Gap) is relatively simple. From a point just west of the gap, cross a shallow depression, and climb a sketchy path up the line of least resistance until Muckish's south ridge rears up on your left. A steep heathery climb is now unavoidable. Nearing the top, a gentler path leads up diagonally to your right, but you will reach the plateau soon in any event. You must walk the whole length of the gently sloping plateau to attain the summit, which is at the northern end. On a fine day, this is pure pleasure. All those sandy beaches look enticing.....
This view is taken WNW from near the summit and shows Ballyness Bay. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/1602/
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Gerrymac on Muckish, 2003
by Gerrymac  6 Jan 2003
This was the first walk of 2003 and it was a perfect day. We walked up the miners path and cut up past the cave and when we reached the top the views were excellent. This picture shows a snow covered Errigal in the background. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/278/
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simon3 on Muckish, 2002
by simon3  22 Sep 2002
This picture of the north-east end of Muckish was taken around 10 am on the Glover Highlander walk, 2002. As you can see there was bright sun, with something of a temperature inversion on the hills to the north-east of Muckish. A magical effect. The sun stayed out all day as some 250 people attempted the organised walk. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/141/
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czgf23 on Muckish, 2003
by czgf23  28 Aug 2003
Stitched digital photograph showing the route of the Glover Highlander Walk begining with Muckish on the left and ending with Errigal on the right. Picture taken from Brin Leac near Bloody Foreland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/623/
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