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Donegal NW Area   Derryveagh Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,   Summits in area: 71,   Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 6 For all tops   Highest summit: Errigal, 751m
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Errigal Mountain An Earagail A name in Irish
(Ir. An Earagail [DUPN], poss. 'oratory') County Highpoint of Donegal, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists

Height: 751m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 1 Grid Reference: B92826 20778 This summit has been logged as climbed by 659 members. Recently by: millsd1, ruaidhri, Pamela1, sograinne, theredyin, SenanFoley, fatredline, joanfahern, kenmoore, chalky, MrChew, DenisMc, cmcgov, sean-evelyn, conorc57
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Longitude: -8.112983, Latitude: 55.034349 , Easting: 192826, Northing: 420778 Prominence: 688m,   Isolation: 1.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 592777 920763,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Erigal, 10 char: Errigal

Errigal is well-known for the pinkish glow of its quartzite in the setting sun. It is located on the boundary of four townlands: Beltany Mountain, Dunlewy Near, Procklis, Money More. Despite the name, there are no known remains of an oratory. It may therefore be a metaphorical name for the mountain itself.   Errigal is the highest mountain in the Donegal NW area and the 76th highest in Ireland. Errigal is the highest point in county Donegal.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Errigal in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: Errigal from the summit of Mackoght
 
Iconic quartzite summit dominating the view in the North West.
Short Summary created by simon3, CaptainVertigo, jackill, Harry Goodman  6 Oct 2012
Park in the car park at B94291 19734 A.From the car park corner you can follow a wet track on either side of the stream up to the col between Errigal and Mackoght. Just after a large cairn at B94151 20379 B turn left and follow a now rocky track up Errigal. The path is narrow and steep in places but never dangerously so. There are two summits which appear to the eye to be about the same height however the first, more easterly top, is the accepted high point on the mountain. As these twin rocky caps are only about 30 - 40 metres apart it is very easy to continue along the short "one man's path"to the second top. It is also possible to climb Errigal from the north (see super gerrym vid on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvH0QJjLeOg&feature=youtu.be) by parking near Procklis at B933252 C on the minor road which runs south from Falcarragh and taking the track due south. At the end of the track continue on up the hillside to a high flat stony shoulder before tackling the steep rocky ridge to the summit. On the way up there is an interesting circular opening on the path through the rocks known as "the keyhole". Return with care by way of ascent or if two cars are available complete a linear walk by descending from the summit down the ridge and then steep stony track to the car park at B9429119734..
On a clear day the views towards Muckish,Tory Island, Bloody Foreland, Slieve Snaght are truly amongst the best in Ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/4836/
 
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Picture: Mighty Errigal from the south
The sun sets on County Top pursuit
by wicklore  23 Jun 2010
Just like csd did recently from Corn Hill, this is also a live post. I am at the summit of Errigal, and I am celebrating reaching the last of the County Tops. Errigal also marks my 300th summit logged on MountainViews.  I have been really looking forward to this trip! Originally I intended to climb it tomorrow (Saturday) but time pressure meant that on arrival from Dublin I hopped out of the car this evening and headed straight for the top.

I used the tourist trail to ascend Errigal starting at the car park at B94291 19734.  It took about 75 minutes and the trail first led towards the col between Errigal and Mackoght. The track was quite dry and the boggy bits were easily avoided. Just after a large cairn at B94151 20379 I headed directly for the slopes of Errigal. This section is over rocky ground and the path narrows in places on the steep ground.  However even though the hillside drops away each side of the path in places it didn't feel dangerously steep.

Arriving at the summit I was presented with the panorama of views described by others. This is my first hike in Donegal so these views are all new to me. Because it is late in the evening now (8pm) I have Errigal to myself. I'm thinking back to all the previous County Tops I have climbed. Big, small, remote, busy, ugly, pristine, silly or breathtaking - all had their own character and appeal, and all were different. And now here on Errigal as the sun starts to set, so too it is setting on my County Tops pursuit. And no better mountain to finish it on than Errigal. It is a wonderful hill that captures many of the most common attributes of an Irish mountain. It is boggy and rocky, heathery and bare, steep and gradual, accessible and challenging and it is rugged and and smooth. Errigal stands out both physically and in reputation. This evening is my first time to climb this mountain, but it certainly won't be my last!      Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/5885/
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Picture: Looking south to the Poison Glen
 
Amazing Views
by Aidy  20 Jun 2014
Magnificent mountain. I had been saving it for a clear day, and was glad I did when I saw the views. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/17510/
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eoin on Errigal, 2003
by eoin  4 Mar 2003
From the road on the south side the ascent is a little boggy at the bottom (stay to the right of the river until you get close to the base). The rest of the route is straightforward, well-worn and rocky up to a small cairn and memorial to Joey Glover. The final ridge narrows to a small summit with a second summit (1 metre lower!!) across an exposed path 20 metres away. This peak is often cloud covered but I've done it dozens of times over the years and it is always inspiring (views or not). It is a short walk - straight up and back down (1.5 hours) but there are several variations and approaches with a little investigation of the map and depending on your love for steep ground! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/363/
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zeaphod on Errigal, 2004
by zeaphod  1 Jul 2004
The scree on the upper path has become ground down to quite small pieces in the past few years, making it treacherous in wet conditions. Best walked in a round with Beaghy and Mackoght, making a short but rewarding approx 10k walk. Start at the Lough Altan track, then head for Beaghy from it's highest point (v.boggy if wet). Head almost straight for Mackought then Errigal, return via col and back to the elbow in the Altan track. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/1010/
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Picture: Errigal from Moylenanav
 
gerrym on Errigal, 2005
by gerrym  26 Nov 2005
Climbed 21.11.05 basing the route on that in David Hermans excellent Hillwalkers Donegal (an essential read for anyone walking in Donegal). Parked beside Procklis Lough (936256 D) where three herons were doing a spot of fishing. Followed the road S and took the rough track heading towards the distant Errigal. As rise Atlan Lough and the steep flank of Aghla More comes into better view. An hour brought me to some steeper climbing to reach the scree covered apron at the base of the climb to the summit. This only left around 1000 ft but my legs had renewed vigour with the prospect of what was to come. There is a short stiff climb over scree until reach more solid rock, which is rapidly on its way to becoming the scree below. I had a clear blue sky for company, with a constant procession of transatlantic jets making thier way to and from America. The climb brought me to a delightful "window" of rock followed by some scrambling to reach the summit, where I emerged from the shadows into brilliant sunshine and brilliant views onto the two tops of Errigal. The 2.5 hours were well worth the vista of loughs and hills, light and shade, brown and blue. Within view I had misty valleys, dark rock rising from a spectral ocean and sharply defined high ground covering Donegal and beyond. I could easily see the Bluestacks, Slievetooey, Slieve League and beyond to the sharp nose of Benbulbin. In the immediate vicinity the deep void of the Poisoned Glen was in drak shadow and looked a foreboding place. The descent was pretty straightforward, might not be too great in wet weather. I continued to Macknoght and then over the three Aghlas and back to the car at Procklis Lough. It felt absolutely fantastic to be at the top of Errigal in November, wearing short sleeves in the sunshine and having such a spectacular amount of varied and interesting landscape laid out before me. I met only one other person on this walk - walk during the week! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/2067/
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