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Donegal NW Area   Derryveagh Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 66, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 2, 6 
Highest place:
Errigal, 751m
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres,

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Muckish Mountain An Mhucais A name in Irish
(Ir. An Mhucais [DUPN], 'the pig back/ridge') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 667.1m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C00448 28709
Place visited by 387 members. Recently by: No1Grumbler, Jai-mckinney, rdkernan, tmcg, tseepra, pcost, ciarraioch, Carolyn105, Sweeney, Roswayman, fellrunner, GerryCarroll, nolo, micealh, holmpatrick
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Longitude: -7.993765, Latitude: 55.105634 , Easting: 200448, Northing: 428709 Prominence: 523.08m,  Isolation: 3.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 600397 928691,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mcksh, 10 char: Muckish
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

So named from a fancied resemblance according to Joyce. The mountain does indeed have the shape of a pig's back, with a curve before a steep downward drop on the S side. A quarry on the N side of the mountain was used to extract high-grade quartz sand for optical glass.   An Mhucais is the third highest mountain in the Donegal NW area and the 164th highest in Ireland.

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Picture: Trig With Cairn and Errigal in Background
dino on An Mhucais, 2008
by dino  21 Sep 2008
I really enjoyed this mountain. I've been past it more times than I can count but it was always shrouded in mist or low cloud. Today was the first really good day in ages and the first time I've seen Muckish clear. I hadn't actually intended to climb today and had instead planned on a trip over to Tory. However, I messed up reading the timetable and left myself with a day to fill. What better time to try Muckish? As I wasn't planning my trip in advance I didn't get a chance to read the logs here so I managed to make the same mistake that gerrym made. Despite feeling very nervous about halfway up the gully when I realised that I'd made a mistake, that the rocks I was depending on were pretty shaky and that I couldn't get back down safely and was better going on I did enjoy this section (once I reached the top!) and it all added to what I found to be a very interesting climb, much more interesting than I realised all those times I'd driven past. To me Muckish is a much more enjoyable climb than Errigal which I feel is a real slog in many ways and I hope to come back again and do it the proper way :) Linkback:
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Picture: Cross on top of Muckish
marty1133 on An Mhucais, 2008
by marty1133  29 Dec 2008
Did this walk on a fine sunny Sunday morning, approached mounatin from the Miner path side and parked at the Mine itself (998292 A). When arrived at mountain a fierce gale was blowing down the cliff face, which made the accent up the steep Miner path pretty hairy (Almost dropped my GPS !). When arrived at top after about 50 mins of steep climbing it was pretty cloudy, but the cloudy did part for a fiew moments to allow me to take some great pics. Descended down the gentle West slope of Mountain down to (989291 B) and then followed the North face of the mountain back around to the car. 3.4 miles and 2hrs 45 mins. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday at all ! Linkback:
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Picture: Looking down on the Miners' Track
Brilliant Experience
by Aidy  14 Sep 2014
A few weeks ago, coming down from Carrauntoohil and Cnoc na Toinne and making my way back to Cronin's Yard, I fell in to the company of a very knowledgable Corkman - obviously a very experienced hill walker. He had walked many of the mountains in my own northern end of the country, and was particularly effusive about Muckish. As he clearly knew his stuff, I resolved to tackle Muckish sooner rather than later, and now know that he was right - Muckish is a particularly brilliant mountain.

The routes have been well described here, so I can't add much. i took the southern route, parking at the shrine, the steep climb offering increasingly good views of the rest of the Derryveagh mountains. The plateau at the top is magnificent, with a covering of rock, and many cairns, some very impressive. In addition to visiting the large cairn in the middle of the plateau, the trig pillar, and the large cairn at the eastern edge with the cross, I would strongly advise leaving time to wander round the western and nothern sides too. There are fantastic views to be had over north and west Donegal, even if it was very hazy on my visit. One spot offered a great vantage point to look across and down at the Miners' Track. It looked so impressive that I descended part of the way down. The steep, winding path was a great experience, and the abandoned mining equipment was very interesting.

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billycunns on An Mhucais, 2002
by billycunns  3 Nov 2002
Very enjoyable in winter. When looking from bottom at miners path take a route to your right and up the gap left of the cave to get a scenic ascent and a chance to get up on the rock stack. (see photo) Linkback:
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dmcdevitt on An Mhucais, 2005
by dmcdevitt  5 Jan 2005
Attempted to climb Muckish last week and had to abort the mission as the weather was awful. Take a look at the pictures. Attempting to climb Muckish from the track that is located from the North of the mountain and up the track to the quarry. This bit is fine despite the bad weather. It was the wet and slippery quarried rock up the quarry entrance that was very difficult. We continued up the steep incline to the wood stairs but then decided abandon due to fact that you need to actually need rope and a climbing helmet to continue the rest. It didn’t help when the rain was horizontal in your face. We came back down again and it was highly enjoyable. Headed to a local pub for some heat, dryness and warmth. It was then that the locals told us that if you attempted to climb the mountain from the north, you had a screw loose. Apparently, accessing this mountain from the south is much easier. Linkback:
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Picture: View along the summit plateau across to the Aghlas, Mackoght and Errigal, the route of the Glover Hi
paulocon on An Mhucais, 2009
by paulocon  19 Nov 2009
A superb walk! Given that I was on my own, I decided to take the easy option and walk the mountain via Muckish Gap. Parking is available just downhill from the shrine. Cross some boggy gound initially and then a short climb leads to a path which takes you around the lower slopes of the mountain until first the cross then the large cairn on the summit come into view.

It's then a steep but short climb to an obvious stone path which leads to the summit plateau. The rock-strewn plateau itself is simply otherworldly and is a joy to walk. The walk leads first past the massive cairn which can be seen atop the mountain for miles around and then onto the trig pillar and finally to a large metal cross at the edge of the plateau which offers superb views. Retraced my steps back.

For anyone coming up the miners path and planning to descend to Muckish Gap, simply keep to the left of the ridge and you will see an obvious path just past the large cairn. The whole walk was done in unexpected November sunshine. Highly recommended! Linkback:
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