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Mourne Mountains Area   E: Donard Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Slieve Donard Mountain Sliabh Dónairt A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Dónairt [PNNI], 'mountain of (St.) Domhangart') County Highpoint of Down in NI and in Ulster Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 849m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J35796 27690
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Longitude: -5.920976, Latitude: 54.180221 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 821m,  Isolation: 1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 735710 827693,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvDnr, 10 char: SlvDnrd
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and in 9-county Ulster. St. Domhangart (modern form Dónart), a contemporary of St. Patrick, founded a monastery at Maghera north of Newcastle. According to tradition he was appointed by St. Patrick to guard the surrounding countryside from the summit of Slieve Donard. He is supposed not to have died, but to be a 'perpetual guardian' (see MacNeill, 84-96). In pagan times this mountain was known as Sliabh Slainge. Slainge, the son of Partholon, was the first physician in Ireland. According to the Annals of the Four Masters, he died in Anno Mundi 2533 (2533 years after the creation of the world according to Irish mythology) and was buried here in a cairn. On the top of Slieve Donard there are two cairns, one on the very summit and the other, called the 'Lesser Cairn', on the Ordnance Survey maps, some eight hundred feet to the north-east. Both of them have been much disturbed. The Summit Cairn has been tampered with by sappers and water commissioners: the Lesser cairn has small piles of stones about it, but it is difficult to say whether these are ancient structures or just re-arrangements by modern hands. Dr. Estyn Evans, who calls the Summit Cairn 'the oldest mark of man in the Mournes', says that it is a 'corbelled passage grave of the early Bronze Age.' The Lesser Cairn, he points out, is visible from the sandhills of the shore, although the Summit Cairn is not (MacNeill, 85).   Slieve Donard is the highest mountain in the Mourne Mountains area and the 19th highest in Ireland. Slieve Donard is the highest point in county Down.

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Picture: Misty Magnificence
Donard from Sliabh Muck
by kernowclimber  1 May 2016
A mixed bag of weather in the Mourne Mountains yesterday provided great opportunities for some creative photography. Linkback:
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tony on Slieve Donard, 2008
by tony  21 Feb 2008
I just thought I would share an interesting story with you. My self and my son Tiernan are keen Hikers and have spent many happy weekends rambling the hills of the mournes. Every weekend Tiernan packs his backpack and checks his kit before we set off. For the last year and a half we have spent most of our time on the route to Slieve Donard from Donard car park. Every weekend Tiernan gets a little bit further than the last time before stopping for his lunch and heading back to the car. On Saturday the 16th February Tiernan made it for the first time to the summit of Slieve Donard. This story might not seem out of the ordinary except for the fact that Tiernan was born on the 17th May 2004 which makes him nearly four years old. Tiernans day was made when some hikers greeted him at the top by shacking his hand and congratulating him. This is a respectful achievement for people of all ages but for Tiernan it was nothing short of incredible. I always bring my camera so I can take loads of pictures and put them on the net for our friends and family. Naturally I have loads of pictures of this particular event which I would be delighted to share with you if you are interested. Linkback:
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GWPR on Slieve Donard, 2004
by GWPR  10 Feb 2004
Inspired by David Kirk’s excellent book “The Mountains of Mourne” and also by Comments in Mountain Views I decided to venture into The Mournes!

I chose Slieve Donard at my starting point despite differing views expressed in Mountain Views.
I’m glad I read ct_armstrong’s comment of 18/05/03 – “Slieve Donard must not be dismissed!” How right he is!

I started at Newcastle and went through Donard Wood, a beautiful place with the Glen River tumbling down cascades to green pools of water. Following the Glen River I eventually arrived at a magnificent glen with Slieve Commedagh on my right and Slieve Donard on my left. What a fabulous setting! A granite causeway leads up to the Mourne Wall at a col between Sl. Donard and Sl. Commedagh.

Some of the granite steps were iced over and care was needed here.
When I arrived at this point the views disappeared in a heavy snow shower.
I looked over the Mourne Wall into a whiteout! Had I come this far to see nothing?
I followed the great Mourne wall to the summit of Slieve Donard and arrived at the
Stone tower and trig point _- the top of the Mournes! All I saw was the Mourne Wall
disappear into the white. I met a hardy soul who advised me to wait a few minutes – “It might clear briefly”, he said. Sure enough it did and what views!
The Mourne Wall snaked down Slieve Donard and crept up Slieve Commedagh. This great wall is probably the only snake left in Ireland!

I peeped over the Mourne Wall again and now the Mournes were revealed in all their glory! Looking across the Annalong Valley were snow covered Binnian, Lamagan, and Cove.
The Devil’s Coachroad looked treacherously iced up while Bearnagh and Slievenagloch seemed to invite me on – another day! (Photo).
I followed the Mourne Wall and ascended Slieve Commedagh, hurrying now as the snow started again. No views this time as the snow clouds closed in and did not clear.
Grateful for its navigational security I followed the wall back to the col and descended carefully to the upper Glen River track.
What views, though some were only glimpsed briefly, I will be back!
mhughes 23/12/02 recommends Slieve Bearnagh and Slieve Binnian - next on my list! Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Donard, 2005
by Bleck Cra  9 Jan 2005
Sunday, I took myself, non-detoxed grey face and distended Christmas stomach up the Glen River. It was a hummer, still, better than listening to Eamonn McCann and some unfortunate prelates explore God’s (or is he?), role (or are they?) in natural disasters (or is it?). As always, when you think only you could be fool enough to go out in a day like this, you find the whole world is out before you - or at least, strangely, all the beautiful world: not a gap tooth or a bad complexion among them. I believe there’s no snow in Chamonix yet - which explains it. Ma Nature of the North was doing her bit for destruction, by trying to wipe County Down off the planet. Great oaks reduced to kindling, ancient hollies (he ain’t heavy, but he’s jaggy) shaved clean and power-dressed pine, sliced in half. Very wet, very windy and ultimately fairly pointless and very brief - sad wuss who but a decade ago did the whole Carn Mairg Group in an afternoon, minus 15 and complete white-out. Few highlights included the bullet-proof gate at the ice house, ripped from its moorings; the Glen River becoming one; and in parts, a carpet of crimson berries. Incidentally, if you haven’t already got one of these new waterproof hats with the wire brim and ear muffs, get one now: they’re in the same class as widgets! Tiso’s have one at “only £30” - ONLY?! ….. and Millets and Marks’s do stonkers for a lot less. They do turn a handsome track rat into Benny Hill, though. A stroll on to Donard and a brisk trot off ……. into a deranged Springer (what other kind is there?) and its mad outdoorsman owner. “Desperate day,” I said, dully. “Rough ….” said one of them. Linkback:
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David Kirk on Slieve Donard, 2005
by David Kirk  19 Feb 2005
David Kirk (19.02.05) By accident (embarassingly because of an ego-tripping Yahoo search on my own name) I have discovered the wonderful world of Mountainviews through the generous comment by GWPR (10.02.04) on a book on the Mournes I had published a couple of years ago.It is absolutely brilliant (Mountainviews, I mean). As regards 'decent, kindly' Slieve Donard (H.V. Morton) you don't have to follow the 'tourist trail' which some commentators seem to find so mundane. Try going up by the Black Stairs for instance (cross the river at the Ice House and up by left of the waterfall gully.) This will give you a bit of hairy scrambling, and exposure, especially when wet. It's a cracker, but take care if you're not experienced. From there the ascent up the north slopes is exhiliarating if you lift your face out of the bog and boulder-fields and turn round frequently to look at the views of County Down as they unfold beneath.(The Black Stairs are just behind the swan on the right in the pic below) A great walk. Another cracker is again to cross at the Ice House, contour round to the base of Eagle Rock, slope up round it to a grassy gully. Scramble up (no problems). It brings you out to the top of the cliffs and you can romp up to the North Cairn, again enjoying big, big views. Linkback:
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darrenf on Slieve Donard, 2010
by darrenf  7 Jan 2010
While enjoying a few days break in Newcastle over the new year period we decided to spend a couple of days trekking across the mournes. First on the list was Slieve Donard, an obvious choice perhaps but it was new years day and what better way to kick start the new year!! Given the icy weather conditions we decided to stick with the well trodden Glen River approach and parked in the spacious Donard Park car park located at J 376 307 starA (for those new to the area simply enter Newcastle via the B180, pass the well known Slieve Donard Hotel and continue through the seaside town along the coastline where you will easily spot the well signposted Donard carpark - alternatively in the unlikely event the carpark is full there is also plenty of carparking on the coast line in the 'Glen River' carpark or 'The Rock' carpark).

The inital part of this walk leads you gently up through Donard Forest Park along the banks of the Glen River. It is a well established track and navigation could not be simplier. You will encounter three bridges along the course of this stage of the walk. Along the river bank itself you will also encounter the ice house which is an interesting historical feature and its worth pausing to read the information board at this point.

Eventually the mountain opens up before you and it is also possible to get a glimpse of the infamous mourne wall, while behind you expansive views across Newcastle and Dundrum Bay can be enjoyed. Navigation (even in the snow!) is straight forward and there is a track, including granite steps at some stages, right up to the mourne wall and stile at the coll between Donard and Commedagh. Once the stile is reached you have two choices...Donard to your left or Commedagh to your right. Donard was on the agenda today so a left turn was taken and the mourne wall used as a handrail right to the summit of Donard. It really is that simple! We were surprised how high the snow had drifted along the mourne wall which was totally ovetaken at some points! The pull up from the stile to the summit tower really gets the heart pumping and is tough in places but short lived and soon enough the tower comes into view...along with some breathtaking views across the mourne range and bays below.

Given the weather conditions we returned by the same route. A lovely little walk 5.5hrs in total. As you can see from the photo the snow made the walk that bit more memorable! Linkback:
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