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Donegal East Area   S: Castlefinn Hills Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 12, 6, 7 
Highest place:
Culliagh SE Top, 369m
Maximum height for area: 369 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 241 metres,

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Croaghan Hill Hill Cruachán A name in Irish (prob. Ir. An Cruachán [PDT], 'little stack') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Marble, quartzite, psammite; graphitic Bedrock

Height: 217m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 6,12 Grid Reference: H29941 97471
Place visited by 24 members. Recently by: wintersmick, ronanmckee, conormcbandon, trostanite, eflanaga, dino, Claybird007, dregish, eejaymm, eamonoc, Fergalh, Vils, 40Shades, chalky, Aidy
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Longitude: -7.534967, Latitude: 54.824146 , Easting: 229941, Northing: 397471 Prominence: 173m,  Isolation: 7.4km
ITM: 629883 897460,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg217, 10 char: CrghnHi217
Bedrock type: Marble, quartzite, psammite; graphitic, (Aghyaran & Killygordon Limestone Formation)

Croaghan Hill is the 1369th highest place in Ireland. Croaghan Hill is the second most southerly summit in the Donegal East area.

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A short walk to an ancient site .. by group   (Show all for Croaghan Hill (Cruachán)) Picture about mountain Croaghan Hill (<i>Cruachán</i>) in area Donegal East, Ireland
Picture: Looking SE to Bessy Bell from Croaghan Hill
Is it to the left or to the right ? Choose carefully !
by Harry Goodman  10 Jul 2010
As I noted this hill had not, to date, been commented on in MV and as It is only a short detour off the main road between Letterkenny and Strabane, I decided on 7 July 2010 to go and seek it out when driving home from Donegal. I took the N15 SW from Lifford and turned right on to a minor road at H315967 starA. Although the surface deteriorated somewhat on the way up it was passable. I parked at H3053897694 starB where, in spite of some "fly tipping" the car was off the road. Having climbed over the gate I decided to head for the right flank of the hill around a small tree plantation. Major, major mistake!! Although I eventually reached the summit H2993897466 starF, marked by a distinct grassy mound with a trig pillar on top, this was only after battling through and over patches of thick , prickly gorse. Not to be recommended ! However anyone thinking of climbing this small hill will be pleased to note that there is a happy ending to this tale. As often happens from the top of a hill alternative routes down present themselves and this was the case for Croaghan Hill. From the trig pillar I walked NNE across the heather to a fence at H3002997554 starE where I crossed over, turned right and followed it down to a fence junction at H3009097440 starD which I also crossed before going down the field to a final fence at H3025697407 starC. Once across it was an easy walk up to my starting point. While the fences on this hill are a bit of a bind for the walker the absence of thick gorse on my descent was pure joy. Therefore for anyone wishing to climb this hill I would strongly recommend that my descent route is is reversed and used for the ascent. The walk up and down is about 2km with only about 60m of climb. The trig pillar sits on top of a distinct small grass and heather covered mound, a part of which appears to have been partly dug out. The OS map indicates the presence of a hill fort and cairn at the top and I assume this mound is part of the ancient site. In this regard I also came across an old cairn of stones before starting my battle with the gorse on my way up. This is at H3023497767 starG for anyone who wants to locate it, but is not on my recommended route up. There are pleasing views SE across Lifford and Strabane to Bessy Bell and the Sperrins and generally all around this area of S Donegal. Linkback:
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