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Derryveagh Mountains Area   N: Muckish Subarea
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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
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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 Derryveagh Mountains area and the 164th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Muckish (<i>An Mhucais</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The Grotto
 
The rocky road to the top
by Colin Murphy  4 May 2011
Followed scapania's short summary route from the south, parking at B999 269 A (point B) and made it back to the car park after approximately 2 hours. The terrain is quite steep and boggy in the early stages but once the shoulder is reached (to the top right of the picture) it becomes a good deal less vertical - although there is still quite a considerable walk remaining to reach the summit. The difficulty then when approaching from this side is that most of the going is across a surface littered with countless small boulders, so watch your step or you'll end up twisting your ankle! Spectacular mountain though and definitely worth the effort! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/6337/
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Picture: Looking NW from Muckish summit plateau
Climbing the whale
by scannerman  19 Sep 2016
I've always thought Muckish more resembles a whale than a pig and have also wanted to climb it for a long time.The opportunity came last week via the miners track after waiting several hours for the weather to improve. Luckily it did and up we went. A fairly steep ascent which included some scrambling/rock climbing as we went 'off piste' a couple of times.

The quarry is quite interesting especially since the site is just below the top. A tough and dangerous job for the men who worked there in the forties and fifties.

I had'nt expected such a short ascent though as the top was attained in 55mins. The summit plateau is expansive and difficult to cross due to rock debris but also an impressive place. We did not have time to explore it's length as evening was advancing but I suspected that a climb from Muckish Gap and the long summit traverse could be quite rewarding in good weather given the splendid views back over the range. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/18634/
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skyehigh on Muckish, 2005
by skyehigh  26 Mar 2005
I can confirm dmcdevitt's suggestion that climbing Muckish from the south (Muckish Gap) is relatively simple. From a point just west of the gap, cross a shallow depression, and climb a sketchy path up the line of least resistance until Muckish's south ridge rears up on your left. A steep heathery climb is now unavoidable. Nearing the top, a gentler path leads up diagonally to your right, but you will reach the plateau soon in any event. You must walk the whole length of the gently sloping plateau to attain the summit, which is at the northern end. On a fine day, this is pure pleasure. All those sandy beaches look enticing.....
This view is taken WNW from near the summit and shows Ballyness Bay. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/1602/
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Gerrymac on Muckish, 2003
by Gerrymac  6 Jan 2003
This was the first walk of 2003 and it was a perfect day. We walked up the miners path and cut up past the cave and when we reached the top the views were excellent. This picture shows a snow covered Errigal in the background. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/278/
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simon3 on Muckish, 2002
by simon3  22 Sep 2002
This picture of the north-east end of Muckish was taken around 10 am on the Glover Highlander walk, 2002. As you can see there was bright sun, with something of a temperature inversion on the hills to the north-east of Muckish. A magical effect. The sun stayed out all day as some 250 people attempted the organised walk. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/141/
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czgf23 on Muckish, 2003
by czgf23  28 Aug 2003
Stitched digital photograph showing the route of the Glover Highlander Walk begining with Muckish on the left and ending with Errigal on the right. Picture taken from Brin Leac near Bloody Foreland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/623/
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