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wicklore
2011-10-27 13:20:23
"Highest Point of somewhere. " from wicklore Contract pics
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Re: Highest Point - Summit or not?
There are two separate phrases that can be used for the highest place of a County. The first is 'Highest Point', meaning where is the highest place you can go in that County where there is no higher ground. For many counties this means the summit of a hill or mountain such as Kippure in Dublin, Lugnaquillia in Wicklow etc.

However for some Counties, the Highest Point is actually on the lower slope of a hill or mountain. Truskmore SE Cairn is the highest place you can go on land in County Leitrim. It happens to be on the slope of Truskmore, whose summit is over the border in County Sligo. This same issue occurs in Roscommon. The highest place on land in County Roscommon is the SE Slope of Seltannasaggart. The summit of Seltannasaggart itself at 428m is over the border in County Leitrim

The second phrase 'County Top' refers simply to the summit of the Highest Hill/Mountain in a County, regardless of whether it is the overall Highest Place in that County.

Many prefer the County Top definition as it is neater and less confusing. However for the purist it is the highest piece of ground in a County that is the highest point, whether it is the pinnacle of a great hill or a piece of bog on the side of a higher slope. It would be interesting to know how MVr's feel about this - should we be using the County Highpoint or County Top as our definition?


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Carrauntoohil via the 'Back Ladder' from the Bridia Valley
peter1 an hour ago.
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Croghan Kinsella & Tops
Peter Walker 3 hours ago.
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Corrigasleggaun and Slieve Maan
Peter Walker 14 hours ago.
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Binn Bhriocáin: Long views of a stepped descent.
simon3 a day ago.
Letterbreckaun can be seen from Clare island, around 33km away. It appears between Mweelrea and the high ground towards the Sheefrys.

  
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Mweelrea: Coastal mountains
simon3 a day ago.
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island.

  
Summit Comment
Caherbarnagh East Top: An unremarkable summit, worth the visit for the views.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
The summit is unremarkable though easy to spot as it lies along the fence.

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High tour of Clare Island
simon3 2 days ago.
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Caherbarnagh East Top: An easy stroll from Caherbarnagh.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
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Glencullin ridge to Ben Bury/Mweelrea
markwallace 4 days ago.
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Caherbarnagh East Top: A worthwhile addition.
David-Guenot 4 days ago.
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Dart & Sawel
Peter Walker 5 days ago.
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The Paps East: Two shapely hills.
TommyV a week ago.
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