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S Donegal/W Tyrone Area
Maximum height for area: 451 metres,   Summits in area: 11,   Maximum prominence for area: 266 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 12, 17, 6 For all tops   Highest summit: Cruach Eoghanach, 451m
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Cruach na Míol Hill Croaghnameal A name in English
(Ir. Cruach na Míol [SÓD], 'stack of the midges/cattle') Donegal County, in Carn List, Psammite, pebble beds, marble, schist Bedrock

Height: 438m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: H03800 79300 This summit has been logged as climbed by 13 members. Recently by: chalky, Garmin, dr_banuska, Fergalh, madfrankie, Harry Goodman, Aidy, mark-rdc, BogRunner, Brambler, sandman, three5four0, gerrym
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Longitude: -7.941897, Latitude: 54.661796 , Easting: 203800, Northing: 379300 Prominence: 143m,   Isolation: 1.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 603748 879293,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg439, 10 char: Crghnml
Bedrock type: Psammite, pebble beds, marble, schist, (Mullyfa and Deele Formations)

Cruach na Míol is the second highest hill in the S Donegal/W Tyrone area and the 774th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach na Míol in area S Donegal/W Tyrone, Ireland
Picture: Croaghnameal from the forest track.
A rewarding climb.
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman,  15 Oct 2013
Park at H0075579144 A and walk ENE along the road, by now a stone and gravel forest track. Follow it along for 2.8 km passing on the way a wind farm on Meenadreen. At H0316279517 B, where the track crosses the front of a large cleared area, leave it and go SE up over rough but manageable ground of peat and some forest debris to a clear gap in the treeline ahead H0338279410 C. The top of the hill lies some 500m further along, up a steep and hummocky grass covered slope. It is marked by a cairn H0376879310 D and further enhanced by a nearby hilltop tarn, Croaghnanmeal Lough.Out and back is a walk of some 7km the bulk of which (5.6km) is along a good forest track. An approach can also be made from the south where a minor road crosses the S flank of the hill around the 300m contour at approximately H042785 E. From here it is a short climb NNW of approximately 1km to the top over trackless ground. Views extend across NW to nearby Croaghmeen and the greater Bluestack tops beyond, SW across Donegal Bay to the tops of SW Donegal and the Dartrys and SE across Lough Derg to Fermanagh and the high ground of Brefine. A walk over this hill can be combined with one to Croaghmeen by descending N over the lower top to the col between the two hills at H0387080200 F and following the short summary route for Croaghmeen from that point, a round of just over 10km. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/664/comment/5423/
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach na Míol in area S Donegal/W Tyrone, Ireland
Picture: looking SW from summit cairn
gerrym on Cruach na Míol, 2009
by gerrym  19 May 2009
Cruach na Miol is at the S end of the low rugged range of hills stretching from the deep Barnesmore Gap to Lough Derg. These hills are like a stunted mirror image of the higher wild Bluestack Mtns to the north of Barnesmore.

Cruach na Miol is within easy reach of the car from the west - with a track reaching deep into the valley between it and Croaghmeen, and from the south with a road reaching high on its flank. In my mind though this would be doing an injustice to this hill and its siblings.

To fully appreciate the area start from the Barnesmore Gap (042872 G) and climb to the top of Cruach Eoghanach towering over the road hemmed in below. As turn to gaze south an area of bleak hills, peppered with loughs, stretches into the distance. Cruach na Moil is at the end of this long gaze and the distance between is the time for appreciation. On the way mans attempts to tame nature (windfarms) are a limited distraction as head over the top of Croagmeen (where i camped due to deliberate late start to increase my appreciation).

Drop down past wooded slopes to find four more wind turbines nestled away in the valley before an untaxing 25 minute climb to the cairn and nearby small lough. The views are far reaching past L Derg and its islands and the millions of trees to the south, north past the windfarms to the high wall of the main Bluestack ridge, the only real sign of civilisation is to the west and Donegal Bay.

A dander of nearly 15 miles and seven hours which could easily be done in a summer day but think of the joy of spending a night up here with no one else around versus the quick easy dash from the car of other routes - you decide! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/664/comment/3771/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cruach na Míol in area S Donegal/W Tyrone, Ireland
Picture: Looking North over Croaghmeen to the Bluestacks
Punching Above Its Weight
by Aidy  15 Sep 2013
Climbed yesterday afternoon having approached from Castlederg on the Tullycar Road. Parked on a laybay on the right side of the road as soon as the trees ended on the right hand side leaving Killeter Forest. There would be shorter routes, also on this South side of the hill, but its a short ascent anyway, and a small hill rising from the road gives great views of the entire hill for picking out a route.

From here I set off on a vaguely North West direction. With no clear path, the ground was difficult enough for walking, with much weaving round boggy pools, and a lot of mini peaks and troughs. However, there is not much distance to cover, and there were plenty of excuses to stop for photos as new views constantly revealed themselves with altitude.

There is a cairn and a small lough at the summit, with much better views than its height would suggest. To the North is the Bluestacks, to the west Donegal Town, and beyond to Slieve League, Southwest to the Dartry Mountains and even North Mayo, and South over loughs and forests to Fermanagh.

Well worth it for the views if you're in the area with a short window of opportunity: I was up and down in two hours with many pauses for photography. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/664/comment/15179/
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