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Donegal NW Area   Derryveagh Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,   Summits in area: 73,   Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 6 For all tops   Highest summit: Errigal, 751m

Summits in area Donegal NW:
Ballystrang 292mBrown Mountain 224mCark Mountain 364mCraigcannon 357mCroaghegly 245mCroaghmore 278mCrockmore 349mCrocknaneeve 155.9mCulliagh SE Top 369mEdenacarnan 192mGregory Hill 336mKnockalla 363mKnockbrin 259mLoughaskerry 252mLoughsalt Mountain 469mMeenavally 219mMoyle Hill 148mMoylemore (Owey Island) 102mSliabh an tSratha Greadaithe 285mToome 175m
Aranmore:   Cnoc an Iolair (Mullach Thiar) 227m
Derryveagh Mountains:   Aghla Beg 563.9mAghla Beg (South) 602.3mAghla More 581.2mAn Cnoc Fada 485mAn Cnoc Glas 489mAn Eadarna Mhór 416mAn Grogán Mór 457mArdloughnabrackbaddy 472.5mBingorms 578mCnoc Bhealach Gaoithe 480mCnoc na Searrach 495mCró an Locháin 486mCró Bheithe 315mCrockawama 238mCrockfadda 529mCrockfadda E Top 454mCrockfadda North-East Top 502mCrockmulroney 430mCrocknafarragh 517mCrocknafarragh SE Top 470mCruach Leac Chonaill 266mCruach na Sagart 480mDooish 651.5mDooish South-East Top 553.9mDrumnalifferny Mountain 596mErrigal 751mMackoght 555mMaumlack 480mMuckish 667.1mNa Leargacha 470.6mSaggartnadooish 506.4mSaggartnadooish E Top 478.9mSlieve Snaght 678m
Derryveagh Mtns:   Dooish South-West Top 528mDrumnalifferny North-East Top 585m
Fanad:   Ballynabrocky Hill 152mCashelmore 149mCnoc na Boirne 227mDrumavohy Hill 153m
Glendowan Mountains:   Binswilly 337mCnoc an Stualaire 418mFarscallop 420.6mGartan Mountain 357mKinnaveagh 384mLeahanmore 442mMoylenanav 539m
Gweedore:   Carn Traonach 425mCnoc Fola 314mTaobh an Leithid 429m
Horn Head:   Croaghnamaddy 252m
Rosguill:   Cnoc na Sleá 163mGáinne Mór 207m
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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, Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 667.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C00448 28709 This summit has been logged as climbed by 327 members. Recently by: comicheal, Niamhq, gaoithe, IainT, bryanjbarry, scannerman, johncromie, Wildrover, BigFly, alleny, windy, swillyqueen, Cobhclimber, maike, Geo
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Longitude: -7.993765, Latitude: 55.105634 , Easting: 200448, Northing: 428709 Prominence: 523.08m,   Isolation: 3.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 600397 928691,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mcksh, 10 char: Muckish
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

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 164th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Muckish in area Donegal NW, Ireland
gerrym on Muckish, 2006
by gerrym  2 Jan 2006
Muckish is an incredibly distinct mountain and one I have longed to climb for a number of years - cue last Sunday and a 2 hour drive from Antrim. Access is via N56 from Letterkenny and a turn left after Creeslough onto a road which heads direct for the mountain. When taramc ends there is room for several cars to park at the side of the road. Continue along the now gravel track as winds uphill through turf cuttings and moorland in varying shades of brown. The impressive northern buttresses of Muckish loom overhead as the track peters out at the head of the old quarry workings, where concrete platforms and rusting plant are the less visible scars of the quarrying operation. Follow path across stream and uphill into the ampitheatre of crags and buttresses. There is a set of wooden steps which lead to more difficult walking as skirt and negoiate rockfaces (hands will be needed). Unfortunately we lost the track here and continued uphill by way of a narrow gulley which entailed scrambling up rocks passing wooden remains of quarrying operation, heading for the winches above. A word of caution - there is quite alot of loose rock and one of my companions had a lucky escape when a substancial rockface gave way in front of him. He was pulled to one side or he would have been bouncing down the gulley along with football sized rocks. When reach winches are at the quarry itself (see pic looking down). This is a marvel at this height, just below the summit, with an extensive level area which has been quarried backed by high walls. There is an excavator with rubber tyres and an old bogey among the traces of white sand that was so precious at the time. Return to and follow the path left as rises above the quarry onto the rocky summit plateau, passing small cairns on way to trig pillar at 666m on NE of mountain. There is a large tethered cross on a cairn further NE which was erected in 2000 according to the plaque. Great views N and E over headlands and beaches towards Inishowen. To the west the Sperrins can be seen clearly and as track south over summit plateau Dooish and Slieve Snaght are backed by the Bluestack Mountains. Head SW to reach massive burial cairn in centre of plateau and continue further for views of Aglas and Errigal. There are a number of small cairns here and a perfect igloo shaped stone shelter with doorway. Headed NW here to descend the western shoulder of the mountain. This is quite an easy descent over rocky ground which becomes more heather as descend. At foot of mountain track east to rejoin the gravel road which will return to the car - all the while being drawn to look up at the imposing rock faces. Took around 4 hours in all and was more of a challenge on way up than i would have thought. There were a few other people about at the bottom but no one else up top when we were there.Visited the excellent beach at Dunfanaghy which is nearby before returning home and Muckish is a true monster dominating the skyline from here. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/1239/
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5 of us did a great climb of Muckish on Saturday. .. by strabanejohn   (Show all for Muckish)
Stunning McVeigh Video .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all for Muckish)
a true monster .. by slemish   (Show all for Muckish)
The Gap & Miner's Path .. by Carlito   (Show all for Muckish)
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