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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 165th highest in Ireland.

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A superb walk! Given that I was on my own, I deci .. by paulocon   (Show all for Muckish (An Mhucais))
 
The rocky road to the top .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Muckish (An Mhucais))
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Muckish (<i>An Mhucais</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
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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I can confirm dmcdevitt's suggestion that climbin .. by skyehigh   (Show all for Muckish (An Mhucais))
 
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