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Sugarloaf Mountain Mountain Gabhal Mhór A name in Irish
also Slieve na Goill an extra name in Irish
(Ir. Gabhal Mhór [OSI], 'big fork') Cork County, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Purple & green sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 574m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: V87376 52951 This summit has been logged as climbed by 87 members. Recently by: Onzy, liz50, JohnAshton, skhg, normanwhite, frankmc04, simoburn, chalky, dmc, jcincork, Mick_Kelleher, DenisMc, JohnnyTade, suiladoir, Flatout
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Longitude: -9.630352, Latitude: 51.718212 , Easting: 87376, Northing: 52951 Prominence: 126m,   Isolation: 1.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 487352 553018,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SgrlMn, 10 char: SgrlfMntn
Bedrock type: Purple & green sandstone & siltstone, (Caha Mountain Formation)

The Irish name Gabhal Mhór may seem odd as a name for a mountain, but it appears to have developed from Sliabh na Gaibhle, 'mountain of the fork'. This accounts for the anglicised form Slieve Goul found in several 19th century sources. It is unclear what exactly the fork is, but it may be a confluence of streams referred to in the name of the nearby townland, Kealagowlane (Ir. Caol an Ghabhláin, 'marsh/narrowing of the little fork'). Gabhal Mhór stands in contrast to Gabhal Bheag, Gowlbeg Mountain, its lower neighbour. For the origin of the English name, see Sugarloaf Hill in Wicklow for an explanation of hills called Sugarloaf.Claude Wall [Mountaineering in Ireland] suggested the name ‘Slieve na Goill, “the misty hill”.   Sugarloaf Mountain is the 349th highest summit in Ireland.

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Feels higher than it is
Short Summary created by thomas_g,  29 Jul 2012
Access is possible from the old Beara way track which can be reached by parking at V91700 54569 A (1 car) and following the track for about 5km. The turn to the old track is easy to miss it's at V888 536 B. The summit can be reached via the spot height 316m in what can be a slippery climb, it gets less steep the further west you go. Access is also straightforward from Sugarloaf West.
There are great views in all directions from the trig point which for some reason is painted white.
I would not recommend a descent to the east or especially the north - stick to the ridge or go S/SW.
Due to the way the peak sits above the valley to the north, it feels much higher than its 574m. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/319/comment/5079/
 
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Picture: Loooking over Bantry bay, Whiddy island in the centre
 
Shipwrecks and the French
by jackill  15 Aug 2011
The Sugarloaf with its whitewashed pillar stands sentry over Bantry bay.
The bay itself has seen the devils own share of history and tragedy.
The town of Bantry was the place where an attempt to land and launch a rebellion was made by a French fleet, with Wolfe Tone, in December 1796. The French fleet consisting of 43 ships carrying 15,000 troops had divided mid-Atlantic into smaller groups to avoid interception by the Royal Navy with orders to reform at Bantry Bay. The bulk of the fleet arrived successfully, but several ships, including the flagship Fraternité carrying General Hoche were delayed. While awaiting their arrival, bad weather intervened and the lack of leadership, together with uneasiness at the prospect of being trapped, forced the decision to return to France. Tone wrote of the expedition in his diary, saying that "We were close enough to toss a biscuit ashore." The square in Bantry is today named after Wolfe Tone.

On January 8, 1979, 50 people were killed when the French oil tanker Betelgeuse, offloading at Whiddy Island caught fire, exploded, and broke into three pieces.

The bay has had numerous shipwrecks over the years. In 1981, while clean up efforts using sonar sweeps for the Betelgeuse were under way, the wreck of the French frigate La Surveillante, which had been scuttled during a storm north of Whiddy Island on 2 January 1797, was found Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/319/comment/6074/
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Sugarloaf from the west
by liz50  22 Jun 2015
On a bright clear day in June we decided to climb Sugarloaf mountain in West Cork. Initially our intention was to access it from the south west spur at V859 516 C but were confronted by a No Entry sign on a gate. Travelling west along the road we came across a forestry road running uphill at V84955 51210 D. There is parking for a couple of cars by a brown sign for Leitrim Beg standing stone. Following the track height was gained quickly and easily to V84939 52151 E where the track ends. An old fence runs north for approx 500m where it joins the re-routed Beara way at V84950 52612 F. Follow the well marked (with yellow posts) Beara way for about a km with short diversions to take in the summit of Nareera SW top by Lough Keel and Nareera before leaving the Beara way at V86229 53270 G to the South East and over the summit of Sugarloaf west top. Drop down to the col at V86770 52799 H before the final ascent to Sugarloaf and spectacular views over Glengarriff, Bantry Bay and beyond. We retraced our steps taking the opportunity to 'bag' Sugarloaf mountain far west top on the way back. A round trip of approx 10km Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/319/comment/18156/
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simon3 on Sugarloaf Mountain, 2003
by simon3  27 May 2003
When you finally reach Sugarloaf's top you find that it has this unusual brightly painted white trig pillar shown in the picture. The mountain in the background is Toberavanaha, almost as high as Sugarloaf, but not nearly as well known. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/319/comment/517/
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simon3 on Sugarloaf Mountain, 2003
by simon3  27 May 2003
Claude Wall [Mountaineering in Ireland] said of this mountain: ‘Slieve na Goill (1,887), “the misty hill”, popularly known as Sugarloaf Mountain, is an isolated cone a few miles from Glengariff noteworthy as the best viewpoint of Bantry Bay’. I can certainly agree that it has great views over Bantry Bay but “isolated cone”, no not so. It looks like a cone from the east, such as the Glengarriff area but not from north or south. It isn’t all that isolated either. The east top of Toberavanaha is only about 750m away.
The photo is a view to the north east, towards an unnamed hill of around 375m. Fading into the heat-haze on the extreme right is Shrone Hill, another place very prominent from Glengarriff. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/319/comment/516/
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milo on Sugarloaf Mountain, 2003
by milo  29 Apr 2003
Eat your heart out Enniskerry! Glad to say no access problems climbing it from the Beara Way on Bank Holiday Monday '03 Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/319/comment/457/
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