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Banagher Hill Hill Cnoc Bheannchair A name in Irish
[Logainm.ie] unvalidated name Donegal County, in Binnion List, Feldspathic sandstone & conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 392m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: G94900 85800
Place visited by 10 members. Recently by: Pepe, BogRunner, scubabenz, Aidy, chalky, Brambler, Garmin, Fergalh, cody1, Lucky1
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Longitude: -8.079923, Latitude: 54.720172 , Easting: 194900, Northing: 385800 Prominence: 106m,  Isolation: 3.1km
ITM: 594850 885792,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnghHl, 10 char: BnghrHil
Bedrock type: Feldspathic sandstone & conglomerate, (Banagher Sandstone Formation)

Banagher Hill is the 966th highest place in Ireland. Banagher Hill is the most southerly summit in the Bluestack Mountains area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Banagher Hill in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Lough Eske on the way up before the rain.
 
Unjustifiably Neglected Bluestack
by Aidy  15 Feb 2015
With the weather forecast giving a dry morning turning to rain in the afternoon, I set off early for Banagher Hill, taking the road around Lough Eske. Turning north, with the lough to the west and Banagher to the east, I spotted a road/track branching off to the left, signposted as The Bluestack Way. It was rough and narrow, but passable by car, so I drove up it for a few hundred metres until I found a fair sized lay by to park in. From there, I headed directly up the eastern slope of the hill, through small scattered trees, boulders and rocky outcrops. The going was steep, with much zig-zagging to avoid some almost vertical parts. It was boggy on the way up, but arriving on the broad, flattish summit, there was plenty of solid rocky ground. Standing at the summit beside Lough Fad, with a small cairn, there was another little rise to the southwest that looked higher, so just to be sure, I navigated around Lough Gam, through peat hags and huge boulders to stand on that spot too.

I had the benefit of the sunrise on the way up, but the clouds closed in earlier than expected, and most of the ascent, and the entire time on the summit and way down was spent in heavy rain. This obscured the views, but I could see enough to tell that in good light, the views towards Donegal Town, and towards the rest of the Bluestacks could be wonderful. The best views would probably be over Lough Eske, and on a good day would no doubt be spectacular.

Well worth a visit, with a real feeling of isolation once amidst the rocks on the broad summit area. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1067/comment/17845/
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Better road surface - easier access now
by Pepe  17 Jan 2018
Followed the Bluestack Way sign mentioned by Aidy. The road is well surfaced now, though narrow. Drove a couple of kilometres NW (ignoring lower-down parking areas) to a small plantation on the left. Drive on a 100 metres or so and you'll find a parking spot on your right. Walk back down that 100 metres of road to the corner of the plantation. Step over a little mountain brook and from there it's an easy 20 minutes to the flattish summit area with only a short steep section to be negotiated. Head south across the plateau up top, keeping Sand Lough to your right, and you'll soon reach the little cairn. The round trip from this upper parking spot comes in at about an hour. Great views to be had over Lough Eske and the Bluestacks. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1067/comment/19842/
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