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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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Aghla Beg (South) Mountain For origin of name, see Aghla Beg. Donegal County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 602.3m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: B96569 24673 This summit has been logged as climbed by 142 members. Recently by: IainT, scapania, Lauranna, Terry-Parker, jackill, Wildrover, Cobhclimber, liz50, Geo, CaptainVertigo, Aidy, kmoore, MichaelE, GSheehy, Ulsterpooka
I have climbed this summit: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -8.054486, Latitude: 55.069368 , Easting: 196569, Northing: 424673 Prominence: 368m,   Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 596519 924656,   GPS IDs, 6 char: AghlBg, 10 char: AghlBgSth
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

Although this peak is higher than either of its neighbours, Aghla More or Aghla Beg, it has always remained unnamed on Ordnance Survey maps.   Aghla Beg (South) is the 279th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Aghla Beg (South) in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: The Aghlas seen from Cloghaneely: l. Aghla Beg, r. Aghla More, centre, Ardloughnabrackbaddy
The Aghlas - Three of a Perfect Pair
by pdtempan  20 Jun 2010
Although this peak is higher than either of its neighbours, Aghla More or Aghla Beg, it has always remained unnamed on Ordnance Survey maps, hence the need to resort to the slightly inelegant but practical name of "Aghla Beg (South)" on MV. This anomaly has been pointed out by several members. For instance, denise-vosges asks: "Why this lack of recognition for Aghla Beg South, which is the highest of the three summits, yet has such a small cairn and doesn’t have a name of its own?" As it has never even been marked with a spot height on the 6 inch map, it seems likely that it was omitted because of a failure to realise that it was the highest peak in the group during the first Ordnance Survey in the 1830s. This would not be too surprising when you consider the situation over the water at the same time. There was great uncertainty about the number of Scottish peaks over 3,000 feet and their precise heights until the publication of Sir Hugh Munro's Tables in 1891. My own guess is that the Aghlas were most often viewed from the NW, i.e. from Cloghaneely, the hinterland of Gortahork and Falcarragh, and that their appearance in this view influenced the naming. The upland valley to the SE is easily accessible nowadays to motorists thanks to the road from Letterkenny to Dunlewy, and it is quite clear from here which is the highest peak, but this valley is uninhabited, so the view from this angle would be of little importance. When seen from the NW, Aghla More and Aghla Beg, although slightly lower in reality, are more prominent, whereas Aghla Beg (South) is set considerably further back, which may explain why it has received less recognition. In the picture below Aghla Beg (South) is not seen because of the mist, but it does at least give the idea of how Aghla More and Aghla Beg are more prominent. Time to build a decent cairn on the summit? Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/266/comment/5886/
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Picture: Aghla Beg (left) and Aghla Beg South seen across L. Feeane
denise-vosges on Aghla Beg (South), 2007
by denise-vosges  21 Oct 2007
The ‘Aghlas’ were my third experience of hill-walking in Ireland, after Brandon and Croaghaun (Achill). We followed David Herman's route (Hillwalkers' Donegal). We started the circuit from the little road near Procklis, from which we could see Aghla More on the right and Aghla Beg on the left. At the start we had to walk a little further north along the road than indicated in the book before we could head east, due to a "No Entry" sign. We then walked across an uncomfortable, boggy valley-floor before ascending Aghla Beg (564m), up to the surprisingly big summit cairn. This ascent was easier than expected because there were patches of vegetation which offered a smooth route through the scree slopes. From here, it was easy to reach Aghla Beg South (603m), with a very small summit cairn! From Aghla Beg South we had a view of Dooish, which we had climbed the previous day. Descending to a saddle, we crossed some rather stony, boggy ground before climbing back up to Aghla More (584m). The mist was clearing all the time, The descent was more difficult, with a rugged and boggy slope to Altan Lough in the valley. We were happy to find a path after this lough to get back our car in the falling-black night! We made it in 4 hrs 10 mins, just over the 4 hrs indicated by David Herman. Question: why this lack of recognition for Aghla Beg South, which is the highest of the three summits, yet has such a small cairn and doesn’t have a name of its own? Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/266/comment/2869/
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simon3 on Aghla Beg (South), 2002
by simon3  30 Sep 2002
Aghla Beg (South) is also known by the tongue-twisting Ardloughnabrackbaddy and is the highest of a triangle of summits known as the "Aghlas" between Muckish and Errigal. Its north-eastern face is very steep sided, leading to Lough Aluirg shown here in the picture. Unusually the lough appears unshadowed and very blue as a result of good weather with blue skies. The heights at the top of the picture is a view along the broad back of Muckish. Between Muckish and L. Aluirg is the complicated high ground around Crocknalaragagh (471m). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/266/comment/150/
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zeaphod on Aghla Beg (South), 2004
by zeaphod  5 May 2004
Climbed as a good a to b walk on on 02/05/04. One car at the Muckish gap, another at the end of the track to Lough Altan. Followed the Glover route over Crocknalaragagh, then up the middle saddle between Aghla beg and Ardloughnabrackbaddy. This gives easy access to both these summits. Drop down south to the lough, taking in Aghla More if time and weather permit (it didn't for us). About 5 hours easy pace. The "track" back to the valley road is covered in a nice shallow sucking bog. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/266/comment/957/
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ahendroff on Aghla Beg (South), 2009
by ahendroff  27 Aug 2009
Wed 26 Aug 2009, 3pm Aghla Beg (South) summit was my last 600m MV top. Nothing more to climb all now lower than that magic 600m mark. Full of joy inside, tho' slightly muted outside. Different emotions from when I finished the 2,000 footers in 2006. Don't know why. Perhaps the first time's the sweetest? Like my last 2,000 footer (ironically also in Donegal), the "curse" of the last summit returns - zero views. Progress nearly stopped by normally benign stream that metamorphed into a raging river. Boots off. Step in. Water almost waist high, and I'm 6ft 1. Weather unforgiving - low cloud base all day, misty, prolonged light rain, wind 20mph gusting to 35mph, winds NW/WNW blasted straight at Aghla's. Sharp contrast to walk day before in the Bluestacks. Sharp contrast on return as well. Car window smashed, door handle damaged, door doesn't open, shattered glass everywhere ... on the seats , on the mats. 1,263 euro worth of damaged so was I told by the repairers. Nothing disturbed or taken from car. Not even MP3. Odd. Never experienced such nonsense on R251 at base of Mackoght in years of hillwalking. Normally safest place to be. Effects of reccession? Yeah, any excuse. These low-lifes and time-wasters are disturbed. Sick in the mind. Get a job. Life's got more to offer. But will they ever realise their talents? Sadly, realistically - no. Whenever I venture into the hills or mountains, some people I know tease out safety issues. Tho' I always feel the mountains and hills are the safest place to be. The unforgiving world of man is what I worry about.... for me the message definitely hit home tis' day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/266/comment/4057/
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Picture: Aghla Beg South (right) viewed from Aghla More over Lough Feeane
eflanaga on Aghla Beg (South), 2006
by eflanaga  11 Jun 2006
Dropping down to broad and very windy col from Aghla Beg’s northern summit IB 96154 25300 A (See for first stage of walk) the eight Mid Ulster Walking Club members on this walk retrieved the packs, which we had discarded just a few minutes earlier. There then followed a short but steep ascent over firm ground to the higher southern summit where GPS reading was IB 96589 24665 B (604m). Ascent only takes a few minutes. Again, Muckish dominates view to east with Loch Alurig separating it from Aghla Beg far below. The mass of rock which makes up Dooish & Saggartnadooish can be seen across the R251 due south, with Poisioned Glen, Slieve Snaght etc SW, and of course the impressive Errigal along with Aghla More & Mackoght are close by due west. After a short stop for a few photos we turned our attention SW towards Aghla More a relatively short distance away. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/266/comment/2397/
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