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Sheeffry Hills Area , E: Glenlaur Subarea
Feature count in area: 9, all in Mayo, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, MSW
Highest Place: Barrclashcame 772m

Starting Places (18) in area Sheeffry Hills:
Aasleagh Waterfall CP, Ben Creggan N, Delphi Resort, Doo Lough N, Doo Lough SE, Glencullin Lough CP, Glendavock, Glennacally Bridge, Glenummera River, Laghta Eighter, Laghta Eighter Hill NE, Otter Pool, Owenduff River, Paddy's Place, Sheeffry Pass, Sruhaunpollanoughty, Tawnyard Lough, Tawnycrower

Summits & other features in area Sheeffry Hills:
E: Glenlaur: Laghta Eighter Hill 388m, Tawny Rower 510m, Tawnyard 436m, Tievnabinnia 742m, Tievnabinnia East Top 590m, Tievnabinnia SE Top 525m
W: Doo Lough: Barrclashcame 772m, Barrclashcame North-West Top 580m, Tievummera Trig 759.6m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Laghta Eighter Hill, 388m Hill
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, Carrawock Breac, Corróg, Mayo County in Connacht province, in Binnion Lists, Laghta Eighter Hill is the 982nd highest place in Ireland. Laghta Eighter Hill is the most northerly summit in the Sheeffry Hills area.
Grid Reference L85114 74022, OS 1:50k mapsheet 37
Place visited by: 13 members, recently by: finkey86, eamonoc, Wilderness, markmjcampion, jrpcalvert, Fergalh, markwallace, Garmin, frankmc04, chalky, mcrtchly, kernowclimber, Jamessheerin
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Longitude: -9.740382, Latitude: 53.703387, Easting: 85114, Northing: 274022, Prominence: 144m,  Isolation: 2.5km
ITM: 485089 774039
Bedrock type: Biotite granodiorite to syenogranite, (Corvock Granite)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: LghtEg, 10 char: LghtEghtrH

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Picture: A tough nut to crack!
Deceptively tough
by kernowclimber 30 Oct 2022
About 4 kms south of Louisburgh we turned down a minor road off the R335. Just before Tully, take the right branch where the road forks. This goes up the Bunowen Valley across a vast bog dotted with farms. It is possible to park close to a small house called ‘Paddy’s Place’ ( Pdy Pl (L85371 75020)) which brings you close to the foot of the hill, which from here looks quite benign. Having climbed ‘The Sheeffry Seven’ the day before, we were expecting similar terrain, as the hill is included in the Sheeffry list. However, we soon discovered that Laghta Eighter is nothing like its bigger brothers as the underlying rock is granite, giving acid rich soils that favour heather, bilberry and bog. The terrain is tough and the gradient deceptively steep.

Keeping to the left of a distinct gully to avoid what looked like the steepest, rockiest ground, we struck out across rough pastureland of wirey grass and sly patches of bog. As we started to climb, this gave way to granite rocks and newly unfurled bracken which will become quite dense in places by mid-summer. Above the gully (a geological fault) the terrain flattens to an eroded bog, revealing the skeletal sun-bleached trunks and roots of a prehistoric pine forest. The olive bog nearby is studded with the star-shaped pale green leaves of the common butterwort, each long stem sporting a delicate purple flower. From here there is a further 170 metres of ascent straight up the hill. The terrain is a tortuous, ankle twisting mix of granite boulders, heather and immature bilberry choked with spongey moss and grass. And it’s steep!

Tired from the previous day’s exploits and energy sapped by the humidity, we stopped several times to admire the scenery which shimmered in and out of the mist. Knockakishaun, Laghta Eighter’s twin which is opposite, separated by the silvery thread of the Bunowen River, is dwarfed by the Reek rising majestically behind it. Away towards the coast is a vast expanse of brown bog which I imagined was once a deep blue lake fringed by an ancient pine forest whose drowned trunks we had encountered on the lower slopes of the hill. Higher up, the inky grey and blue shapes of the Sheeffrys swept into view and from time to time, the brooding hulk of Mweelrea blinked in and out of the churning cloud.

The summit cairn is surprisingly grand for this hill given the size of those we saw the day before in the Sheeffrys, a neat, conical pile of granite boulders atop a granite platform. As if to add insult to injury, as we arrived on the summit, the cloud closed in showering us with a fine drizzle and we beat a hasty retreat after a quick photo, via the same route. Linkback:
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Steep, slippy and short but great views
by Fergalh 7 Oct 2019
I climbed from the east. There is room for one car parking at LE hill NE (L86192 74706). Cross the ditch, then 100 metres of bog to the first ridge which leads to a small plateau. Cross this for the second climb to the summit. Descend veering a little south as this is a very steep and slippy hill. Linkback:
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