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Donegal NW Area
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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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 61 members. Recently by: BigFly, kmoore, MichaelE, jimbloomer, happymourneview, Aidy, chalky, kenmoore, pmeldrum, tiki, Terry-Parker, Mojoran, Vikingr2013, cody1, Lucky1
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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 662nd 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/
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Loughsalt Mountain in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: Over Loughs Salt and Greenan to Derryveagh Mountains
Contender For Best Views In Ireland?
by Aidy  26 Apr 2015
What a display this fantastic mountain put on for me today, in conjunction with the weather. I had snow and hail storms alternating with sunshine to create dramatic skies, and I have to agree with the other comments that Loughsalt Mountain is a contender for providing the best views in Donegal, which, for me, means potentially in Ireland too! I started from the southern end and in no time at all was enjoying dramatic views down over Lough Salt and Lough Greenan. Beyond that were the Derryveagh Mountains and the Bluetacks. At the summit, the entire north coast of Donegal was spread out below me from Horn Head and taking in all the northern peninsulas including the entirety of Inishowen. Absolutely breathtaking, and almost overwhelming when taking photographs. It was difficult to chose which view to include here, but in the end I went for the same one as Simon3 and slemish. I'll do a separate post to show the view towards the Urris Hills. If you get a decent day, I don't think anyone would be disappointed by this hill. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/17952/
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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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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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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: Looking Northeast
Northeast view
by Aidy  26 Apr 2015
An extra, quick comment to show the view northeast towards the Urris Hills near the centre of the horizon, with the Fanad Peninsula hidden by one of the hail storms that struck regularly. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/553/comment/17953/
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