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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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A novice's challenge! .. by joekdp   (Show all for Muckish (An Mhucais)) Picture about mountain Muckish (<i>An Mhucais</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Triangulation Pillar
Muckish for the Summits On The Air (SOTA)
by Claybird007  29 Mar 2023
Muckish Mountain stands at over 2100 feet in the range of mountains know as the Derryveagh Mountains in North Donegal. The flat top gives a very large activation zone, actually covering two Worked All Ireland (WAI) Squares, B92 & C02. Some of the local VHF chasers are avid collectors of WAI so a double check of your activating location will help them greatly.

On the summit there are several features. A large iron Christian Cross is securely planted and stayed by metal wire on the northern part of the summit with a small stone shelter built at the bottom of the cross giving a shelter to view the specular panaramic views over the islands and landscape spilling into the North Atlantic. The iron cross was installed in 2000, replacing a wooden one which was destroyed by the harsh conditions on this summit top.

On the southern side of the summit are several cairns, the largest cairn (man-made of stones) features a Bronze Age Court Tomb. It is massive in size and gives good shelter from the prevailing winds in any direction.

The ground on the summit is heavily 'sown' with rock of various sizes, so careful and slow walking is recommended as you move from feature to feature on the top.

Access to the summit can be taken from either the northern side, which is following the 'miners path'. Part of the trail is the path which miners carved out of the side of to mountain to access the quarry which produced high grade quartz sand, used in the production of optical glass. This route is very popular with most climbers to the summit, but can be a scramble in places and requires attention to your footing, particularly around the miners path.

The other access is from the southern side and is much easier. I took the southern route and we parked our campervan in a small layby off the R256 road. I've attached a link to the route which shows the detail of the start, the ascent and the descent from Muckish.

This summit was first activated on 10th March 2010 by EI7GAB/P Dave. My activation today was a complete for me having chased the summit from another SOTA (Binevenagh GI/SM-015) in 2019 and now activated it for the complete.

The views from this mountain are outstanding, you do need to pick the best day to enjoy them and today I was lucky in that aspect.

Highly recommend the summit for an activation, its a little steep at the beginning of the southern ascent but on the top the activation zone gives lots of scope for where you wish to activate from. Linkback:
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