Climbed Slieve Snaght and took in Drumnalifferny on Sunday 22nd September 2013. We approached the mountain from the Doochary Road side (R254), parking the car on the bridge at (IG
), ascending the coomb to the south of Snaght and descending the coomb to the north.
From the car we headed straight into the coomb, keeping the Sruhancrolee river to our left. This coomb is always wet underfoot, even in the driest of summers, and anybody walking here can expect to have wet feet and caked bog up to your knees. We then climbed on the right hand side of Scardangal Burn waterfall (marked on OS map). This was pretty hard going, wet and steep. A safer alternative would be to walk all the way into the coomb and ascend onto the ridge. When we finally ascended the waterfall the weather had cleared and we walked steadily around and up, corkscrewing to the top of Slieve Snaght. The view was spectacular on this rare and beautiful autumn day (see pic’s).
From the top of Snaght we descended to the northern end of Slieve Snaght Loch. We then climbed to the cleft of Drumnalifferny/Bingorms ridge (IG
) and took in the top of Drumnalifferny as a wee extra. We descended to the cleft point again to descend into the coomb to the east of this position. It is useful to remember this point as mists can descend very quickly on these mountains and if you are too far to the south, you can easily find yourself at the top of the Bingorm cliffs, where you do not want to be in a mist!
We descended into the coomb of the Scardandoo stream (marked on OS map) in loose order. This coomb is always very wet, boggy, full of hidden watercourses, holes and slippery rocks and you could very easily twist or break an ankle! So take it easy and slowly. Wet and mucky, but unharmed, we eventually reached the road again beside a bridge (IG
) and walked a kilometre back to the start-point.
This is definitely a moderate to difficult walk. We took our time, five hours for the whole thing. Not a midge in sight! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/142/comment/15217/