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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 163rd highest in Ireland.

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Broad ridged summit with great views. .. by group   (Show all for An Mhucais)
 
The Gap & Miner's Path
by Carlito  6 Jan 2011
Hi people :)

Walked up Muckish for only my second time yesterday, via the easy route which begins near the grotto. Conditions were clear and sunny for the most part. Made it across the lunar surface to the big cross. After a pick-me-up snack of Tesco BLT and some bits of Belgian choc washed down with 7UP, scrambled down part of the bouldery cross end, to check out if it's possible to scramble *up* without too much difficulty.

Is it possible? Would like to hear from anyone who has come up Muckish this way and if so, how accessible is it by car? Thanks in advance :)

Edit - 6 Jan 2010

My girlfriend and I tackled the Miner's Path today. It was steep, icy and snow-covered in parts and to be honest, we probably should have been wearing crampons. A somewhat nervous ascent for me, personally. She was very brave. Made the summit with every intention of NOT descending via the same route. Instead, motivated by the incoming mist & light snow, we quickly came off the plateau down part of the Muckish Gap path, threw a left and then took a somewhat tiring route round to the North face along the lower slopes of the hill, back to the waiting car. It took at least an hour-and-a-half, but, thank God, we were back in one piece. A descent by the Miner's - in today's conditions - would not have been a good idea.

The Miner's Path is narrow and exposed in parts so, even in good conditions, it should be tackled with caution.

Happy walking! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/163/comment/6021/
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a true monster .. by slemish   (Show all for An Mhucais)
 
5 of us did a great climb of Muckish on Saturday. .. by strabanejohn   (Show all for An Mhucais)
 
A summit postponed, but remembered .. by ochils_trekker   (Show all for An Mhucais)
 
Muckish is an incredibly distinct mountain and on .. by gerrym   (Show all for An Mhucais)
 
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