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Inishowen Area   NW: Urris Subarea
Place count in area: 27, OSI/LPS Maps: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 
Highest place:
Slieve Snaght, 614.6m
Maximum height for area: 614.6 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 600 metres,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Dunaff Hill Hill Cnoc Dhún Damh A name in Irish poss. Ir. ‡Cnoc Dhún Damh [PDT], 'hill of Dún Damh or fort of
stags/oxen’
Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Whitish quartzite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 230m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2,3 Grid Reference: C30900 48700
Place visited by 23 members. Recently by: Meenat, eamonoc, trostanite, finkey86, Fergalh, Lucky1, IainT, pearnett, chalky, gerrym, David-Guenot, mark-rdc, jmcg, Garmin, AntrimRambler
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Longitude: -7.514512, Latitude: 55.284228 , Easting: 230900, Northing: 448700 Prominence: 215m,  Isolation: 4.3km
ITM: 630842 948678,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DnfHl, 10 char: Dunaf Hil
Bedrock type: Whitish quartzite with pebble beds, (Slieve Tooey Quartzite Formation)

Dunaff Hill is the 1338th highest place in Ireland. Dunaff Hill is the second most westerly summit in the Inishowen area.

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New Comment: Dunaff is fenced OFF!
by ucampbell  8 Jul 2024
Dunaff
I was expecting a good late evening walk as I had gone up nearby Binnion yesterday and loved it. Using the last comment (Oct 2023) as parking and start directions I started up the hill via the beach. There is no gap in the fence and I struggled over the fence at a point with no Barbed wire. There is is still a very clear path up hill. There is now NO way over the Double barbed fence all along the cliff edge, I edged along the fence to try and access the hill and found one point I could have got between the fence and an Electric fence, I decided if whoever had put up all this fencing very recently was preventing walkers access I'd be better giving up, I returned to the car and tried to find a person to ask. As the previous comment had said he came down by the Masts I thought I might get information. I found a local who said Yes all the farmers had fenced off the Hill? He did say I might get access by the masts if I spoke to Patsy the good land owner, I might go back and try but am sincerely disappointed, this hill has no cattle or sheep on it's heights and I suspect very few walkers access it. Please advise if my information is wrong and there is another permissable access route. Una Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1021/comment/24233/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Dunaff Hill (<i>Cnoc Dhún Damh</i>) in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: View E over Rockstown Harbour andTullagh Bay to Binnion from Dunaff Hill
 
Harry Goodman on Dunaff Hill, 2009
by Harry Goodman  15 Oct 2009
Although listed by MV as Dunaff Hill this small height is also a headland and this is what gives it character. A good vantage point to see it is from the viewpoint and car park at the Gap of Mamore C 318442 starA. Starting at C325486 starB I walked down to and along the beach past a small harbour. From here I climbed NW around the the cliff edge of the headland followed it around before turning S to walk over several cairned tops including the high point at a princely 230m ! The beauty of this walk is that it is a strollers hill which allows lots of time to look around and take in the scenery which is in abundance. To the NE is Ireland's most northerly point at Malin Head, while to the SE is the line of hills from Raghtin More to the Urris Ridge. Directly E across the sands at Tullagh Bay is tiny Binnion another low but worthwhile climb. Once across the high point I headed down S to cross a small stream and then turned ESE to pick up a lane at C303475 starC which I followed out to the road where a left turn and 1.7k took me back to my start point after a leisurely 2 hours. I combined this walk with a walk up nearby Bulbin earlier in the day and together they gave me a very satisfactory day out. (See also my comments on Bulbin) Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1021/comment/4206/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Dunaff Hill (<i>Cnoc Dhún Damh</i>) in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: Standing on the summit
Bothanvarra Sea Stack
by IainMiller  29 Aug 2014
The 70m high sea stack approx 100m off Dunaff Head was climbed on 24/08/14. It took uber calm seas to allow a safe approach and there is plenty rock on the stack for many more routes.

http://iain-miller.blogspot.ie/2014/08/dunaff-head-inishowen.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNw6wNKpqQQ Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1021/comment/17655/
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Picture: bothanvarra from dunaff hill
 
Cliff top stroll
by three5four0  17 Jun 2010
What a fine little hill! North Donegal and Inishowen seems to be blessed with more than its fair share of gems like this.

After asking around locally for a place to park, we were directed to the small harbour mentioned by Harry Goodman in his post. The lane way down to the harbour at C323487 starD is tight with only one place to pass another vehicle, and with the local farmers using the harbour, it would be wise to check that the way ahead was clear before turning down into the lane.

There is room to park a car or maybe two and leave plenty of space for others using the harbour. When we were there, a couple of weeks ago, there was an old boat that had been hauled up into the parking / turning area, cutting the space down for parking.

From the harbour walk along the beach for a short distance, and then take to the hillside where there is a gap in the fence. A faint path follows the edge of the cliffs up hill, past, well down then up out of a sharp re-entrant, from the edge of the cliff there is a good view of a sea stack, which may tempt some adventurous sea kayaking climbers to its very own Eiger like sea-face.

There are two 230 metre ring contours, vying for summit status. Both have cairns and great views from them, but it was only when we were back at the car did I notice the satmap gps had recored the first top as being 237 metres. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1021/comment/5882/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Dunaff Hill (<i>Cnoc Dhún Damh</i>) in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: Zoom on Dunaff Hill from the Urris Hills
Between land and sea
by David-Guenot  16 Dec 2013
Climbed Dunaff on 5. November 2013, shortly after having climbed nearby Binnion, via the route described by Harry Goodman and Three5Four0. Nothing much to add to their worthwhile comments, except maybe that caution would be required on the short section of the faint grassy path leading down the re-entrant described by Three5Four0, especially on wet conditions. The rest of the walk is a nice stroll with a few steeper parts, which combines the pleasure of hillwalking -with rewarding views all the way up and down- and that of being close to the ocean and hearing the waves washed down the cliffs. I did not spend much time along the cliffs near the summit area though, as the wind grew stronger, bringing in some rain which turned into hail as I reached the top, but hopefully it did not last. Allow about 1h30 return from the pier. The picture was taken the previous day from the top of the Urris Hills. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1021/comment/15283/
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