Slieve Donard 850m mountain, Mourne Mountains Down Ireland at
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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 County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 850m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J35796 27690
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Longitude: -5.920976, Latitude: 54.180221 , Easting: 335796, Northing: 327690 Prominence: 822m,  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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evelyn on Slieve Donard, 2004
by evelyn  25 Aug 2004
How about this for a change? Having camped in Castlewellan, I arrived at Tollymore Forest Park by 8am one rainy August Sunday in 2004 . A whole day ahead of me, I decided on an unusual but rewarding approach of Donard. Having ridden my horse around Tollymore and Donard Forests on a good number of occasions I decided to walk the 8 mile route around Tollymore - this was extended to include Donard! There is an information board in the bottom car park of Tollymore, which tells you of various walks in the forest - I set out prepared for a nice day's trek on to the boundary walk. Turning away from Newcastle direction I headed down to the river, and along the banks, following the marked trail. Crossing the river over a bridge and up in to the forest - and joining up with the Ulster Way, a quick detour can be made to the "Kings Grave" - a mounded site close to the edge of the forest (see later). Follow the signs to a T junction - here you have a choice go right along the Ulster Way - quite steep over rocky ground through trees, OR turn left and follow the forest road - these paths meet up again later! Up on to the Drinns, you will probably see deer, the odd buzzard, and no people! The views of the slopes of Donard are wonderful here, and you have the opportunity to climb a few hills to viewpoints which in good weather are nice places for a munch. As you begin to descend from the Drinns, keep an eye out for the track to the right the Ulster Way follows which will take you over to Donard Forest across commonage land. Contour around the forest tracks until you come to the Glen River path - then ascend as usual to the Mourne Wall and on to the top. For a bit of a change, why not descend to the coll cross the wall to the annalong valley side, follow the Brandy Pad to the right Commedagh on right, over to Hares Gap - over the wall again and descend down the track until you come to a car park - you are now back on the Ulster Way - follow this back in to Tollymore Forest Park along a really old "green road" (this is quite creepy at dusk) passing the aforementioned "Kings Grave" follow the river on the mountainside until you come to the larger set of stepping stones, cross over the river here, and then up through the trees back to the car park!! It's a full day's walk but I have to say - I really enjoyed it - not over taxing, and if the weather is poor, you could always omit the ascent to Donard and still have a rewarding day on the hills!! Linkback:
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