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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
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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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain An Mhucais in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: http://youtu.be/v51Wo2a8l0w
 
Stunning McVeigh Video
by CaptainVertigo  20 Sep 2012
I have not yet walked Muckish but am eagerly looking forward to it after watching Gerry McVeigh's new YouTube video showing an ascent by The Miners' Track (is that our own gerry m?) . The film has the benefit of exceptional light, and it shows off the stunning vistas to their best. I heartily recommend this 8 minute feast for anyone who has any notion of going up that way. Gerry McVeigh says in his written intro: "Walking on Muckish mountain in Donegal, Ireland. A walk in the beautiful Derryveagh Mountains of Donegal climbing up the Miners Track on the northern side of Muckish Mountain. A steep path through old mine working and quarries to reach the summit trig point at 666m. A broad summit gives views over coast, lough, hill and mountain - with a large summit cross, burial cairn and beehive shelter to stop the mind wandering too far afield. Donegal is a special part of Ireland for walking and with a blustery NW wind bringing through showers the only constant was the wind as light & shade, wet and dry, cool & not quite as cool came and went."
http://youtu.be/v51Wo2a8l0w
Another very interesting and attractive Muckish movie is Antuatha's: " Muckish Climb Donegal, The "Miner's Path" (Kodak playsport) " to be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI25cynp4zo&feature=channel&list=UL Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/14819/
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skyehigh on An Mhucais, 2005
by skyehigh  6 Apr 2005
On a fine day on Muckish you can make out all the summits on the Glover Highlander walk. Expand picture for better definition: Mackoght shows as a grey smudge in front of Errigal, while the trio of Aghlas is easily recognisable. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/1603/
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Picture: Lenticular clouds over Muckish
 
A UFO?
by mcrtchly  9 Oct 2013
We spotted this unusual lenticular cloud formation over Muckish whilst descending from the Aghlas. On this day we had very high winds and the fast stream of very moist air was being forced over the top of Muckish to form standing waves on the leeward side. As the air rises over the crest of a standing wave the water vapour condenses to form the cloud. As the air descends on the other side of the wave the water evaporates. Despite the fast moving air stream the cloud appears stationary. The multiple stack of lenticular clouds is the result of layering within the air. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/15222/
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zeaphod on An Mhucais, 2004
by zeaphod  14 Apr 2004
Completed a good circular walk here on Easter Sunday. Park at the intersection of the old railway embankment, then up to the start of the miner's path. Up the miner's path, and straight across to descend about 200m SE from the trig pillar. This flank is steep but heathery. In wet weather it could become very slippery. We dropped about 200m, then contoured NW onto Crockatee, continued along the ridge, then dropped down onto a bog road which delivered us back alongside the railway embankment. Approx 5 hours easy pace and a few rests/photo stops. Walking pole a great asset for the descent. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/924/
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patbelfast on An Mhucais, 2006
by patbelfast  5 Feb 2006
This is not a climb for the faint hearted. I took the western approach taking the Falcarragh road from the main Letterkenny route. As I approached Moyra Glebe there is a small road to the right going through a farm. Go as far as the road will go and park. I set of in an Easterly direction gradually traversing the slope upwards until a large deep ravine halted my progress. At that point it was a case of zig zagging, sometimes at a 45 degree angle upwards to the summit. It has to be seen to be believed. It is like a stoney lunar landscape and the views are awesome. Be very careful as low cloud seems to come from nowhere therefore a good GPS with waypoints could prove invaluable.
There is a fantastic sense of achievement when you drive away as the mountain is visible from miles around. Its hard not to stop the car and look back with a sense of pride. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/2169/
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A novice's challenge!
by joekdp  7 Oct 2014
I took the miner's path, a bit daunting for a novice climber like myself, a real challenge but only took me 1hour to reach the top. Very satisfying climb, views were fantastic Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/17712/
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