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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 1348 members. Recently by: rwo, InTheFade, Chance, Jimmypnufc, upper, Annemcp, SFlaherty, Alanjm, Benbruce, Oscar-mckinney, No1Grumbler, Vfslb1904, Kirsty, kirtatty, ElaineM76
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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 20th highest in Ireland. Slieve Donard is the second most easterly summit in the Mourne Mountains area. Slieve Donard is the highest point in county Down.

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stewart.walker on Slieve Donard, 2002
by stewart.walker  5 Nov 2002
Great views of the Newcastle coastline and surrounding mountains from the top of Donard. From Donard carpark it is a pleasent walk up through the woods following along the cascading river. Once in the open it is approximately 1hr to the summit. Linkback:
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frankor on Slieve Donard, 2002
by frankor  16 Dec 2002
Another appoach to Slieve Donard is from the car park at Bloody Bridge (South of Newcastle). A pleasant days walk with tracks and the Mourne Wall to guide you all the way. Descend to the car park in Newcastle as described by s.walker above. Support team to bring cars to finish is required. Linkback:
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Picture: Taken near the summit with friends on the way up!
richrua on Slieve Donard, 2006
by richrua  18 Apr 2006
Well, that's it done! After some time regarding Donard, I finally had an opportunity to give it a go. Weather was fantastic, so incredible views were had. Plenty of people about - it being Easter Saturday. Surprisingly, a few little patches of snow, and enough time fo a mid April snowball fight!
This is no easy climb for the less experienced- we went up from Donard Park, Newcastle, and from go it is a rocky path on what the OS calls "The Brandy Pad". We followed the popular route up the Glenriver. In Donard's favour is the ease of navigation - straight up the glen, follow the rough almost paved track, then go left at the wall and straight up to the summit. Next time we will choose a route with more challenging navigation. Linkback:
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ct_armstrong on Slieve Donard, 2003
by ct_armstrong  18 May 2003
Slieve Donard must not be dismissed! By no means is it the most enjoyable walk but on a good day the views are fantastic and this mountain is an ideal introduction for visitors. From the summit, you can observe the Mournes in their tranquility and the rugged tors of Slieve Bearnagh and Binnian. Your imagination will be captured and future walks can be planned from here.

My prefered route is to complete a horseshoe of the Glen River Valley. This includes both Donard and Commedagh, and avoids the throngs. Linkback:
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MickC on Slieve Donard, 2006
by MickC  1 Feb 2006
31/1/06 Slieve Donard rises above the clouds through a break in the Mourne Wall taken from the the summit house on Slieve Commedagh. Linkback:
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djouce on Slieve Donard, 2003
by djouce  2 Jun 2003
Climbed Slieve Donard in the rain from the car park in Newcastle. There is a cut stone path most of the way to the top. Back down by the Glen River - specatacular in spate. Large numbers of adults were being baptised in the river as we descended. Total time 4.5 hours. Linkback:
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