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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 , Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 751m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 1 Grid Reference: B92826 20778 This summit has been logged as climbed by 665 members. Recently by: RyanLavery, comsean, Cutti, debs27, Moneenman, simoburn, millsd1, ruaidhri, Pamela1, sograinne, theredyin, SenanFoley, fatredline, joanfahern, kenmoore
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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
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

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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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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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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yaffeo on Errigal, 2003
by yaffeo  27 Nov 2003
Lovely short walk. I have walked on several much higher mountains in other places in the world, and this one is surprisingly (to its height) rewarding. I climbed the mountain on a clear and very cold day last week and the views from the top are splendid. Don’t be frightened by occasional clouds on the summit as they come and go and in the breaks between clouds the panorama throughout west Donegal is awesome. On the way down the boggy land can be very slippery and one should be very careful in order not to find him/her self swimming in the mud.
In general, better signposting of the trailhead could be very helpful.
PS- this is a graet website, i wish i found it before my visit to ireland. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/759/
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Picture: Halloween - Brocken Spectre seen from top of Errigal.
 
Daithi2004 on Errigal, 2009
by Daithi2004  2 Nov 2009
Climbed 31-10-2009 - Halloween. Out with The Wee Binnians Walkers, we started at Lough Altan track. It was raining (drizzle). We walked to Altan Farm and we admired the view of Altan Lough. Then climbed Beaghy and Mackoght. We had a lovely lunch below Errigal. Spectacular views as the weather began to improve. Errigal had a clear top. The climb was hard but rewarding. I have climbed Errigal before but it was always had cloud cover but not today. In fact, cloud was coming over and I thought, typical. As we got to the top, one of our members screamed with excitement and as I look down, I saw what the excitement was about. It was a Brocken Spectre. My very first sighting of this phenomenon. It was amazing and spiritual experience. It was like an apparition. Remember, it was Halloween which I thought was appropriate. It lasted for about 15 minutes. We took a lot photos. After that great experience, we came of Errrigal, down the scree and the muddy terrain and back to the car park below and walked the 4 km back to the Hostel. It was the talk in the pub later that night. Great Day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/4251/
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skyehigh on Errigal, 2005
by skyehigh  21 Mar 2005
On a perfect day in July 2004, I patiently endured the rough and peaty northern approach to reach the foot of the north ridge. An unavoidable fan of scree seems to threaten a purgatorial ascent, but surprisingly quickly the scree thins out revealing solid ground underfoot. The rest of the climb is a delight, with optional scrambling and ever-widening views. After a brief encounter with the crowds on the popular ascent route, I completed a rewarding circuit over Mackoght and Beaghy (a place to linger in the afternoon sun), tracking a stream as the line of least resistance down to Altan Lough. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/1560/
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