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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
Place visited by 1425 members. Recently by: Hillwalker65, sliabhdunner, marktrengove, cmcv10, Patbrdrck, gibneyst, Joe90, brendanjrehill, FoxyxxxLoxy, FrankMc1964, MichaelButler, Beti13, eiremountains, Claybird007, pcoleman
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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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David Kirk on Slieve Donard, 2005
by David Kirk  1 Sep 2005
Have I just got big feet or is the new pitched path being laid to the summit of Slieve Donard positively lethal in places on the descent? The work on laying the path, up from the Donard-Commedagh saddle,has been going on for at least three summers, the work being done by a small team on behalf of the National Trust using stone helicoptered in from a nearby abandoned quarry. But if you want people to use a path rather than trampling tthe adjacent vegetation the first rule is that it must be comfortable and safe to walk on - and this path, apart from being strictly a 'one man' job in width is constructed in long stretches of small stones, giving mini-steps maybe only a couple of inches high and four inches from front to back. This is OK on the way up when you're on your toes but coming down they either catch your heel or pitch you forward. I reckon Donard is going to become known as 'take-a-tumble mountain' in a few years. Certainly as it is, it is much more comfortable - and safer - to romp down the grass beside the path, which rather defeats the purpose! Linkback:
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zeaphod on Slieve Donard, 2003
by zeaphod  22 Sep 2003
Not my favourite, but an excellent workout for the heart and lungs!
I've been caught in a blizzard on the top in May, so treat it with respect.
On a clear day you can see the cranes in Belfast shipyard. Linkback:
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gerrym on Slieve Donard, 2004
by gerrym  21 Jan 2004
Climbed 29.5.04 starting from Donard Park (375305 starA). Follow traditional path up along Glen River. At third bridge, before open hillside, turn left to cross the bridge and follow forest track. After 10 minutes come to a small working quarry (372292 starB) with great slabs of Mourne granite and views over Newcastle and out to sea. Retrace steps and go through metal gate onto hillside and follow path along fence to top of the quarry, cross stream and follow uphill between Thomas's and Millstone mountains. When reach col between the mountains strike off right where Donard comes into full view. A different perspective for those who have been up Donard a number of times by Glen River or Bloody Bridge - good views all the way up out to sea and down into the Glen River Valley and across to Comedagh. The slopes here have quite a bit of scree before reaching the Lesser Cairn and the short walk to Great Cairn (2 hours to the summit). Descend down to the saddle and back along the River Valley - warm sunny day so was alot of traffic here. Linkback:
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rowanseymour on Slieve Donard, 2004
by rowanseymour  10 Mar 2004
Climbed in snow 17.01.2004. Snow drifts almost covered the Mourne wall in places and couldn't see anything in the freezing fog. The Glen River path is very hard on the ankles. Still a very enjoyable and interesting hike. Linkback:
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evelyn on Slieve Donard, 2004
by evelyn  25 Jun 2004
Slieve Donard is very special to me as it was my introduction to hill walking and that was going back to 1985! Since then, with a gap of over 10 years, I've only climbed it once but enjoy the Mournes as there is so much to explore along with my local Wicklow mountains. In recent years my sights have gone abroad, and my holidays are spent hill walking in the West Highlands in Scotland, the Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria etc. I've recently spent 10 days in Mallorca (June 2004) in the North of the island, crossing mule paths not unlike the stepped climb up Donard, and more interesting I followed along an old smuggling path with the blue Med below me, and the Brandy Pad came straight in to my thoughts, only that the few times I've gone from Bloody Bridge, over to Hares Gap and down to the back of Tollymore, it's been raining and definitely not 30 degrees!! Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Donard, 2004
by Bleck Cra  18 Oct 2004
Leaving Donard by the lavvy window. Linkback:
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