Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your device 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.
A small change needed. The page you went to with a url that has mountainviews.ie/mv/index.php is now superceded by the url at the top. Use this new form of url in future. Change any shortcuts or bookmarks you may have for the old format.
Overview
Detail
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.
Videos


Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Hellfire Club: Popular and well-loved amenity

Cloghmeen Hill: Gives access to a splendid ridge.

Easy bag via waymarked trail

Fine Carn made easier by Sli Cholmcille

Crockuna: Pretty easy but rewarding Carn

Middlequarter: Highest Point is the West Quarter.89m ?

Near Drumnalifferny Far NE Top, Derryveagh Mountains (Ireland)

Crownarad: Approach along track from south to distinctive summit.

Challenging enough ascent of two Carns

Croaghacullin: Longish walk but worth the effort.

Dull trek through Coillte forests

Knockeirky: The one that nearly got away

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
Rating graphic.
Croaghgorm Mountain An Chruach Ghorm A name in Irish (Ir. An Chruach Ghorm [DUPN], 'the blue stack') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartz & feldspar pebbles, green matrix Bedrock

Height: 674m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: G94832 89584
Place visited by 233 members. Recently by: chelman7, DeirdreM, MeabhTiernan, davidrenshaw, eimirmaguire, rhw, andalucia, orlaithfitz, Magic, mdehantschutter, ronanmckee, ToughSoles, jimmel567, breathp, garybuz
I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -8.081078, Latitude: 54.754162 , Easting: 194832, Northing: 389584 Prominence: 541m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 594780 889575,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crghgr, 10 char: Croaghgorm
Bedrock type: Quartz & feldspar pebbles, green matrix, (Lough Mourne Formation)

Situated in the townland of Sruell. Marked as Bluestack on 1st series of 6 maps. Locally the range is simply known as na Cruacha or the Crows.   An Chruach Ghorm is the highest mountain in the Bluestack Mountains area and the 156th highest in Ireland. An Chruach Ghorm is the third highest point in county Donegal.

Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/
COMMENTS for Croaghgorm (An Chruach Ghorm) 1 2 Next page >>  
Follow this place's comments
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm (<i>An Chruach Ghorm</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Croaghgorm from Binnasruell
 
Isolated high point of the Bluestacks with spectacular views
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Colin Murphy  3 May 2021
Croaghgorm is a remote, rocky mt. which is part a few loops. A new bulldozed track has opened it up for those pushed for time but for those eschewing this track be ready for a long, tough walk. Great views abound as a reward incl. the Sligo/Leitrim hills and much of S and mid Donegal.

NE. Park at G95937 94109 starA, walk 50m east and then turn S on a lane not shown on the MV map. After approx. 200m take a left, cross the Reelan river and soon turn S either a) for the top of Glascarns Hill via its NW spur or b) to follow the river topping out at Croaghbane after a long, steep pull. Whatever you do, you will summit Croaghbane from where you head W for a rocky, undulating but pleasant walk to Ardnageer. Head SW to Ardnageer SW top. Croaghgorm lies 1.5km to the SW, with a relatively gentle ascent across a rock/grass mixture. Allow 3hrs+

SW. Park with permission at G92039 88718 starB. Either a) follow the new bulldozed track up to G93950 90442 starC and then swing steeply SE to reach Croaghgorm or b) head 1st for C Far SW top [it's a steep slog and it's less steep to start 1km SW of the farm]. It's a short down and up to the SW top and, from the next col, a steep pull up to C.

S. Park at G95353 86632 starD having navigated a rough road for 2km. Head NNE up an obvious spur to G95648 88215 starE and then over to G96278 88672 starF from where it's a steep slog up to C E top. Go N for about 100m and then roughly W for 1.5km to reach C.

Notable tracks incl. track/3801, track/3177 and track/3106. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/4910/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm (<i>An Chruach Ghorm</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking towards the Derryveagh range from Croaghgorm summit
eflanaga on Croaghgorm, 2006
by eflanaga  11 Jun 2006
From Binnasruell summit (See fro previous part of circuit) I took a bearing of 93E to take me in direction of the saddle above Sruell Gap passed earlier in the day prior to climbing Croaghbane. The terrain was not as difficult on this side of the valley as it had been when crossing from Lavagh Beg to ‘Sruell. I decided to veer slightly of course so as to come around the southern end of Spot Height 465m IG 92524 90443 starG. This took me along the heights above Sruell Gap with wonderful views up and down the valley and across to Croaghgorm. Aided by sheep tracks managed to maintain reasonable height. Decided to drop down to floor of gap short of the saddle as I could see what appeared to be relatively straightforward route up SW slope of the hill. Grassy slopes for tmost part, eventually reaching height before drop into gully then steep climb up rockier ground to wonderfully broad summit IG 94834 89585 starH. Fantastic views in every direction. This is really a beautiful mountain. Stopped for a while hunkered down in the shade of the small stone shelter with what appears to be a ‘water hydrant metal lid’ in it! What’s that about? While there heard the noise of an engine. Looking over rim of shelter I saw a tractor with man and child on lower slopes below. My wave was returned in a friendly manner and the man got on with his business, while I got on with mine, which was to take the easiest route possible over roughly 5k back to camp site on Croaghbarnes IG 99067 90066 starI. Decided to take a bearing of 76NE and make for Binmore above Lough Belshade and then drop on to the saddle between Croaghbarnes and Croaghbane, On the way passed some of the wreckage of aircraft mentioned by gerrym. Initial part of descent was over exposed slab and boulder & was relatively easy. However, once I passed below Binmore I realised that things were not going to work out as easy as I thought. Was faced with a series of very deep gullys, which spilled their contents into the beautiful Belshade lough below. While the exposed rock made for steady footing I was faced with ‘cliff like’ drops in places necessitating a degree of ‘switchback’ in order to reach slopes of Croaghbarnes. Making the saddle was not an option so had to drop to within 100m of lough & struggle over deep tussock grass and gorse before I could eventually begin final ascent of the day up to camp site. Once I had decamped and removed all trace of my presence I had the long slog with heavy pack on tired legs over 3K over difficult terrain following course of Corabber river to start of Edergole track IG97840 88071 and the car a further 2K beyond. Despite difficulties encountered in latter part of Croaghgorm to Croaghbarnes stage (not recommended), entire route, was extremely challenging but enjoyable. Summiting Croaghgorm was a cause for celebration in itself as it marked my 100th summit over 500m since I started on July 4th last year with Errigal. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/2393/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm (<i>An Chruach Ghorm</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
 
Waterfalls and great views
by tiktiktik3  3 May 2021
Bluestacks - Binmore-(Groaghgorm) 29/08/2005
Ordnance Survey Discovery Series map 11

We started out from Donegal Town direction Bluestacks/Letterkenny (N15). On the first signpost Bluestacks Way (mapgrid 79/95) turn left towards Harvey’s point (Lough Eske) (mapgrid82/96), continue on the road round the lough. When you come on the far point of the Lough (mapgrid 86/96) you wil see a small road going up the mountain. Follow it until you see a sign “private road” and a fence next to it where there’s a parking spot to leave your car. Now go on foot through the fence and follow the road until it peters out into a path. One point of interest : almost at its end you will see a little stream coming down the mountain - follow your ears and you’ll find a magnificent waterfall, the water falls down in a deep gully with a black pool at the bottom. If you follow the goats down (it's real easy) you'll be rewarded mid-stream with a beautiful spot on some big boulders in front of the fall for a rest or a picnic before the actual climb
Once your on the move again, a little further the track ends and you have to find your own way up. We chose to go by the first gully ahead and that route seemed ok - other ways are possible. Once on top we steered toward Binmore, through a valley of bog who takes up some time to work (find) your way through. Noted there are three little lakes (mapgrid 88/96). Once you reach Binmore things are easier again (no more bog). It’s a nice climb with nice views as more and more of the Bluestack range reveals itself, while behind you in good weather great views of Lough Esk and Ben Bulbin open up. As you get to the top of Binmore on your right you will see a giant’s footstep (mapgrid 89/97) - I think Finn Mac Cool who built the Giant Causeway made a stroll inland at one point. The moment I saw it I named it Lough Foot. Once on top you'll find a sheltering cairn big enough to put one or two small tents if you're prepared for it and plan to stay overnight. For me and my wife this was as high as we got Although we wanted to stay a few hours longer exploring and push on over the ridge to Croaghgorm, time was against us going way past over 19:00 so it was wise to head back down during the daylight that was left - all in all a more than recommended walk/climb.
Next time I will try not to linger that long by the waterfall… Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/1956/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm (<i>An Chruach Ghorm</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The Reelan Valley from the eastern slope.
Extensive Mountain Not Fully Explored Yet.
by Aidy  19 Aug 2014
I have had a lot of pleasure walking in the Bluestacks, and Croaghgorm, the highest in the range had long been on my list. I had previously climbed Croaghbane, but hadn't been able to continue along the rest of the ridge due to the weather, so I set off on the same route again, on this occasion just missing Croagbane's summit, and approaching Croaghgorm on a great walk via Ardnageer and Ardnageer SW Top. The top is marked by a stone shelter cairn, which I was grateful for as the weather had turned windy and cold by the time I got there, and I was able to rest the legs in relative comfort.

Croaghgorm is a broad lump of a mountain, and I would have loved to take the time to to explore the extensive ground to the southeast and east towards Lough Belshade, and to the south west. However, I had a long walk already done, and still wanted to visit Lavagh More and Lavagh Beg, before another long walk back to the car in the Reelan Valley. I think I will come back another day, maybe taking a more direct route to Croaghgorm by itself to do it justice. Due to the lack of time, I also couldn't find any trace of the World War 2 plane wreckage, and I would like more time to find that too. For now though, it was on to Lavagh More. The photo was taken on the way up the east side. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/17627/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm (<i>An Chruach Ghorm</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Croaghnard Valley in the evening light
 
Painful descent via Croachanard Lough
by Colin Murphy  29 Mar 2014
Having spent over three hours reaching this isolated summit from the Reelan River bridge at G963 937 starJ, rather than re-trace my steps, I decided I could save considerable time and enjoy better views by returning via the wonderful Croaghanard Lough Valley. There is a forest to the north of the lough in which I could see a distinct track (visible in picture). I descended into the valley which was surprisingly firm underfoot, keeping to the east of the numerous streams. There is enough space between the forest and lough to allow for relatively easy walking. All went well until I was just to the north of the lough and only 100m from the forest track - the only problem was that there was no access to the track! After searching around for 15 minutes, I realised I would have to take the plunge and battle through the densely packed woodland. I finally emerged on to the track after 20 minutes of cursing, crawling, fighting and beating my way through unbending branches! The track led me directly back to my car as it happened, and saved me over an hour's journey. But was it worth it? Scratched, bruised, leggings shredded! If you decide to take this route, bring a machete! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/15953/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghgorm (<i>An Chruach Ghorm</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: On the eastern slopes looking towards Lavagh More in evening light.
Demands Repeated Visits To Fully Appreciate And Explore
by Aidy  9 Nov 2016
The first time I climbed Croaghgorm, I did it as part of a long walk along the central spine of the Bluestacks, going over several summits, and I didn't really have the time or energy to explore the huge bulk of this mountain, just making sure I visited the summit before continuing to Lavagh More. At the time, I remember thinking that it deserved a longer visit and more exploration beyond the summit. Since then, three further summits have been added, that would previously have just been considered subsidiaries of Croaghgorm itself. As a result, I have returned twice more to bag those new tops, and also to find the wreckage of the World War II plane that I missed the first time. Its been great to get more familiar with Croaghgorm's fantastic rocky summit area and the various views it offers. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/150/comment/18696/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
COMMENTS for Croaghgorm (An Chruach Ghorm) 1 2 Next page >>
(End of comment section for Croaghgorm (An Chruach Ghorm).)

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)
MountainViews.ie, a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2400 Summiteers, 1480 Contributors, maintainer of lists: Arderins, Vandeleur-Lynams, Highest Hundred, County Highpoints etc