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2012-05-22 09:18:02
"Barnes Lough" from Hilltop-Harrier Contract pics
Picture: Barnes Lough (Contract pics)

Bluestack Mountain's (Barnesmore Gap)
On our second last trip the Hilltop Harrier’s decided to try the Bluestack Mountain’s. We set off about 9am and parked on the Ballybofey side of Barnsmore Gap. We drove up a little hill road heading into a forestry, hubby was not impressed as the forestry had the gate locked. He wanted an easy start to the day. Started out very impressive and of course we took the light hiking gear, but by good luck we packed the thermals just in case. We headed up the road in the general direction of Barnes Lough, passed the lough and continued for another 10 min or so up the road.
Enough of this easy life so decided to swing left and break ourselves in easily by heading up Loughsallagh, the long, pale, dead grass is very tiring and we were glad to leave it behind when we got half way up the side of the hill. These hills are a mass of exposed flat rock. On the way up, the moor had a lot of large, digger dug trial holes, possibly for more windmills (the bane of Donegal by the way) there was one fence which was easy to pass over. Our plan was to sweep left towards Cronamuch then swing back towards Lough Eske taking in every little summit we seen, and snap every good view, the viewing was excellent. We passed Black Lough and headed on for Cloghervaddy, down through the valley and up the other side. Over then to Glenfin, there are lakes everywhere and I haven’t a notion what their names are, we had our second tea at 3pm looking out at the famous Lough Eske. The air was turning chill and sure enough the hail started followed then by light snow. The thermals weren’t long being put on. Around the hill and down the valley of Croaghnageer, and back up again on what we call Barnemore Gap hill, I think Mountain Views call it Croaghconnellagh Whatever its called it was well worth the views. We had clocked up 15km at that stage; what a maze of hills and dales, we only ‘chipped at the edge’ so we will do it all again soon to see some more of these hidden jewels.
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