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Keenaght Area
Maximum height for area: 399 metres,   Summits in area: 5,   Maximum prominence for area: 270 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 4, 7, 8 For all tops   Highest summit: Donald's Hill, 399m
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Donald's Hill Hill Cnoc na hEarcola A name in Irish
also Knocknahurkle an extra name in English
(Ir. Cnoc na hEarcola [Séamas Ó Ceallaigh], 'hill of the [obscure
element]')
Derry County, in Binnion List, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 399m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 8 Grid Reference: C74300 17300 This summit has been logged as climbed by 27 members. Recently by: trostanite, sperrinlad, stevebullers, jimmyread, chalky, sir_boba_fett, muschi, sandman, Welder, AntrimRambler, Garmin, slemish, mark-rdc, Peter Walker, dmcdevitt
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Longitude: -6.839835, Latitude: 54.99762 , Easting: 274300, Northing: 417300 Prominence: 176m,   Isolation: 6.3km
ITM: 674233 917285,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DnldHl, 10 char: DnldsHil
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Upper Basalt Formation)

The Ordnance Survey Memoirs of 1834 record this hill as Donalds Hill or Knocknahurkle (OSM, ix, 34). Séamas Ó Ceallaigh derives this from something like Cnoc na hEarcola in his comments on the Topographical Fragments in the Franciscan Library.   Donald's Hill is the highest hill in the Keenaght area and the 954th highest in Ireland. Donald's Hill is the most easterly in the Keenaght area.

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A panoramic view point. .. by group   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
 
Fine vantage point (once you get there) .. by slemish   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
 
Much effort for such little height gain! .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
 
We approached Donalds Hill along the Temain (Hill .. by three5four0   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
 
Donalds Hill is the nearest mountain to my home , .. by Derry259   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Donald
Picture: King's Fort on the slopes of Donalds Hill - Benbradagh in the background
 
Donalds Hill - much added value
by Welder  11 May 2012
Bearing in mind the boggy warnings, I fancied taking the shortest looking route and followed Derry259's advice from the Gortnarney Road. The Sperrin / Ulster way signpost is a handy indication of where to begin, although parking nearby is not great. The walk begins over a stile and into a field along a track. Past the gate and winding uphill you come to a complex of large lime kilns. I left the path at this point as I always wanted to incorporate the impressive King's Fort into the walk (slightly to the south). Approaching the monument there is an information board and wooden walkway over boggy ground. The monument is very impressive, with deep ditch and high banks well preserved - although suffering from animal trampling near the causewayed entrance (Environment Agency take note!). From here I continued straight up the slope to the rear, over a fence onto the mountain proper and north toward the summit. A few hundred yards of heather and I was on the last rise to the modest summit. More archaeology - its topped by a denuded burial cairn, probably Bronze Age. The top affords fine views across the the Roe and Foyle to Inishowen and Slieve Snaght. I could also make out Muckish, Sawel, Slemish, Trostan, Knocklayd, part of the north coast cliffs and even Scottish hills on Kintyre. A relatively short walk and easy approach for much of interest and great views. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/842/comment/6797/
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