Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your computer to facilitate operation. Cookies help us provide a better service to you. They are used to track general user traffic information and to help the website function properly.

Click to hide this notice for 30 days.
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Detail Map Features
Showing 3 items:
Ganiamore 207m, Crocknasleigh 163m,
3122, 4km
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.

Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Carrigshouk: Lovely loop

Bweengduff: The Shiddy Way?

Glenshee ramble

Bweengduff: A good forest road to access this summit

Seefin East Top: An easy bog trot.


Seefin: An easy road with distant balcony views but nearby clutter

Seefin - Seefin East Top

Inisbroon: Interesting looking island

Meall nan Tarmachan

Knocklettercuss: A grand viewpoint into the Wild Nephin National Park

Slievelamagan: Steep, rocky peak with great local views

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions and a privacy policy.
Read general information about the site.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks, shared GPS tracks or about starting places may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk.
See the credits and list definitions.
Video display
Donegal North Area   Cen: Rosguill Subarea
Place count in area: 9, OSI/LPS Maps: 2 
Highest place:
Knockalla, 363m
Maximum height for area: 363 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 328 metres,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
Rating graphic.
Crocknasleigh Hill Cnoc na Sleá A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc na Sleá [An tOrdú Logainmneacha (Ceantair Ghaeltachta)
2008], 'hill of the spear')
Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Xenolithic facies Bedrock

Height: 163m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C12366 42936
Place visited by 36 members. Recently by: jimmytherabbit, markmjcampion, dregish, Q35on, ucampbell, finkey86, fingalscave, Seamus-hills, Fergalh, Aidy, nesa1206, IainT, wicklore, David-Guenot, kenmoore
I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -7.806435, Latitude: 55.233267 , Easting: 212366, Northing: 442936 Prominence: 159m,  Isolation: 3.1km
ITM: 612312 942915,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crc163, 10 char: Crcknslgh
Bedrock type: Xenolithic facies, (Fanad Granite)

Cnoc na Sleá is the modern Irish form. Arguably the Classical Irish form Cnoc na Sleighe is more faithful to the pronunciation.   Cnoc na Sleá is the 1453th highest place in Ireland. Cnoc na Sleá is the second most northerly summit in the Donegal North area.

COMMENTS for Crocknasleigh (Cnoc na Sleá) 1 2 Next page >>  
Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Crocknasleigh (<i>Cnoc na Sleá</i>) in area Donegal North, Ireland
Picture: Crocknasleigh (L) in the classic Atlantic Drive photo
short hill with long views
Short Summary created by slemish  5 Mar 2011
Crocknasleigh's coastal location means it punches well above it's weight in terms of views from its modest 163m summit. Much of the rugged North Donegal coastline is visible from here among an enormous swathe of Atlantic Ocean. The easiest route up is to start in the Youth Hostel car park (126425 starA) and follow the track up past the hostel itself and then over open moorland to the summit cairn. There is a re-entrant (125m) on the northern side which has an interesting ruined look-out station from WWII. Crocknasleigh is one of the most photographed mountains in Ireland as it is the hill that features in the classic Atlantic Drive view as seen in Ireland tourist brochures the world over. Linkback: Picture about mountain Crocknasleigh (<i>Cnoc na Sleá</i>) in area Donegal North, Ireland
Picture: Looking west from Crocknasleigh towards Horn Head
slemish on Crocknasleigh, 2009
by slemish  30 May 2009
Climbed Crocknasleigh today for the first time in many years - absolutely glorious weather, very warm indeed for May. I parked at the Tra na Rosann youth hostel (126425 starA) and from there climbed straight up the side of the hill over open sheep-cropped moorland, quite steep in places although nothing particularly strenuous. A small cairn marks the summit at 163m. On a clear day like today, the views are well worth it. Looking north, the vast expanse of Atlantic Ocean that opens ahead of you is breathtaking enough, but to the west the sheer cliffs at Horn Head and the distant Tory island provide a stunning backdrop. To the east, the Fanad peninsula and the Inishowen hills and to the south-east the craggy outline of Loughsalt Mtn. Ganiamore to the south-west with the unmistakeable outline of Muckish peeping over it. Make sure to take in the northern second summit (125m) with its WWII lookout-station. From here the hill drops steeply to the north, allowing fine views over Melmore Lough and the fabulously-named Murderhole beach. Total trip - about 1 hr. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Crocknasleigh (<i>Cnoc na Sleá</i>) in area Donegal North, Ireland
Picture: View from the northern side, down on Boyeeghter Bay.
Not To Be Judged On Size
by Aidy  19 Apr 2017
A small hill, but as it can form part of an extended walk, has some very steep sides, and has some of the best views in the country, it cannot be judged by size alone. I started at the car park at the southern end of Tra na Rossan strand which I then walked along to reach the southern slopes of the hill. Its a short but steep ascent from the beach, and I was well rewarded with amazing views in every direction. I continued over the hill but had to retreat and probe for a way down as the northern side is extremely steep in places. There were great views down over Boyeeghter Bay and the "Murder Hole" beach, and it was this that tempted me on. I found a route down to the gap between Crocnasleigh and Gortnalughuge Hill and I ascended this second hill to the old coastguard lookout post. There was another extremely steep drop from there to the western end of Melmore Lough - I would hesitate to recommend this route to anybody unless they were extremely confident. It was worth it for me as I lingered at the Murder Hole for a great sunset. Luckily, I met another photographer there too who gave me lift back to the car park afterwards, avoiding a road walk back in the dark. A brilliant hill, and even better if done as part of an exploration of the area. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Crocknasleigh (<i>Cnoc na Sleá</i>) in area Donegal North, Ireland
Picture: You can see the steep northern slopes of both hills here.
Sunset At The Murder Hole
by Aidy  19 Apr 2017
In my main summit comment I mentioned the steep northern sides of both Crocknasleigh and Gortnalughuge that I had descended to get to the Murder Hole at Boyeeghter Bay for sunset. This photo shows those steep sides, bathed in the light from the sunset. Its a beautiful spot and worth adding to the route if visiting Crocknasleigh, although some might prefer another route to the Murder Hole rather than coming down those steep slopes. It can be accessed from the road on the east side of the peninsula too. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Crocknasleigh (<i>Cnoc na Sleá</i>) in area Donegal North, Ireland
Picture: Cnoc na Slea from Rosses Strand
Golden Glaze
by gerrym  26 Jul 2010
Late evening start with this one with the intention of camping overnight. Used the excellent carpark at Rosses Strand - there are No Camping signs here but i was heading well off from beach.

The beach still contained some hardy souls, with the pounding waves satisfying those in thier wetsuits. Walk the length of this beautiful beach and take a green track heading out along the Bay. Easy walking on sheep mown grass brought Rosses Point (114434 starB) where i set up camp for the night. A late dinner with views to a strikingly dark Horn Head, the sweeping glare of the lighthouse on Tory and the redness of the midnight sun far to the N, complimented by the sound of the Atlantic relentlessly striking home some 100ft below.

The night brought strong winds which tested the tent and my ability to get a decent sleep. An early start brought easy walking towards the summit. The golden sands of Rosses Strand were completey deserted and other golden stretches popped in and out of view as i climbed. A fence is followed to the summit and the small cairn. Views are impressive along the Atlantic coast in every direction - a lonely sailboat giving perspective to the vast area of water before me.

Return followed the fence down and then a direct descent to the beach, with another chance to savour the sand and surf before the carpark. A brilliant hill - taking little effort to summit but lots of effort to process the expansive views over a stunning coastline! Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Crocknasleigh (<i>Cnoc na Sleá</i>) in area Donegal North, Ireland
Picture: Murder Hole is a stunning place.
Melmore Head Loop Walk
by ucampbell  30 Jul 2019
I confess I didn't make it to the Summit. I did a 10km walk around Melmore Head from the Hostel carpark. I walked along the road and beaches up to Melmore then climbed up and around the headland to the Murder Hole beach. I then climbed upwards from here in an attempt to gain the ridge however it hadn't been part of my original plan so I turned back and I kept lower. The views from all aspects are stunning. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
COMMENTS for Crocknasleigh (Cnoc na Sleá) 1 2 Next page >>
(End of comment section for Crocknasleigh (Cnoc na Sleá).)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2300 Summiteers, 1460 Contributors, Newsletter since 2007