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Slieve Snaght Mountain Sliabh Sneachta A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Sneachta [DUPN], 'mountain of snow') Donegal County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Psammitic schist with pebbly grit beds Bedrock

Height: 615m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 3 Grid Reference: C42450 38992
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Longitude: -7.334205, Latitude: 55.195918 , Easting: 242450, Northing: 438992 Prominence: 600m,  Isolation: 1.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 642391 938943,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slv615, 10 char: SlvSngh615
Bedrock type: Psammitic schist with pebbly grit beds, (Upper Crana Quartzite Formation)

There is a tradition of pilgrimage to Slieve Snaght and a well near the summit is associated with a cure for blindness (Tobar na Súl) [Colhoun]. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 145-46) for details of the festive assembly on Slieve Snaght. The mountain is said to be so named because snow lies on it until the fair of Carndonagh, which is the 21st of May [OSNB]. Its satellites are Slieve Main, Crocknamaddy and Damph. A limelight erected on the summit of Slieve Snaght was observed on Divis by the Ordnance Survey in 1825. This enabled them to establish trigonometrical baselines and link the Irish survey to the English one, before going on to survey the whole country of Ireland.   Slieve Snaght is the highest mountain in the Inishowen area and the 261st highest in Ireland.

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pdtempan on Slieve Snaght, 2006
by pdtempan  14 Aug 2006
Climbed Slieve Snaght on a fine Sunday afternoon in late July - and met not a soul. Beautiful views W to Lough Swilly and Derryveagh beyond, E to Rathlin and Kintyre and a glimpse of Islay and Jura to the N. The numerous cairns and stones set upright on the summit of Slieve Snaght are probably a relic from a time when the mountain was climbed as part of a pilgrimage. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/250/comment/2456/
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retepcooper on Slieve Snaght, 2002
by retepcooper  19 Nov 2002
Nightime ascent with Sheila 'Neantog' McDaid 31st Dec 2001. It was covered with lot of snow, which was appropriate considering it's name, there were beautiful views on a clear night, plenty of metorites and 3 lighthouses flashing (Tory, Fanad & Islay). Paths were found to be vague due to snow. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/250/comment/224/
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orua on Slieve Snaght, 2003
by orua  30 May 2003
Went up Slieve Snaght on 23rd April. Weather had been unseasonably dry for weeks and the normally boggy and soggy going was dry and firm. Views not great due to haze - big and round yes but certainly not boring Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/250/comment/522/
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tyfan on Slieve Snaght, 2008
by tyfan  6 Jun 2008
Climbed Slieve Snaght (Inishowen) on Saturday 31st May 2008 a beautiful clear sunny morning. We started our climb from a point on the Turk / Glentogher road 445378 A at a point where there is parking for a car to the side of a tractor track heading to the hill. We walked this track to where it disappears and skirted round the side of Damph, until we reached the col at the bottom of Slieve Snaght. We summited snaght from the col and enjoyed a magnifient view with our lunch at the cairn 1Hr 25min from start. We desended Snaght on the western side of the col and continued to the top of Slieve Main ,and then on to cairns at the top of Crocknamaddy.
We virtually retraced our steps keeping to the higher ground to the top of Slieve Main again and then descended SE across rough ground ,summited Damph and took a leisurely stroll back to the car.
Total climb time 1045 - 1445 ( 4 hrs ) , with time for a cooling pint in the drift inn before heading home. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/250/comment/3154/
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Picture: S Snaght with S Snaght Beg to left
gerrym on Slieve Snaght, 2008
by gerrym  10 Oct 2008
Having climbed from the west i tackled the "shortest, boggiest and least inspiring route" from the east. There is some truth in this description from Paddy Dillon but i found plenty to keep my attention over the six miles and 3.5 hours of walking.

Started at approx. 444373 B at a small quarry which provides a couple of parking spaces. I was initially thrown as a large lough now occupies the surrounding valley - not on my map and seemingly recently created perhaps for hydro power to compliment the adjacent wind turbines? Climb back of quarry and parallel a rough track, heading over grassland to the top of Damp. From the top follow fence downhill towards col of S Main and S Snaght - there is a very steep drop at the end of this descent before a gentle walk across the valley. From the col the top of S Main is reached crossing wet ground with peat hags (1.5 hours). The view from the summit further wets the appetite for what must be even further reaching sights to come. A quick descent brings the col and a steady climb on short heather.

With height the ground becomes stonier, with areas of scree flowing down the hillside. The summit area is a feast of cairns of all shapes and sizes, easily sculpted from the many stones. A walk through this brings a large circular cairn enclosing the trig pillar. Great views abound - N to the coast and beaches W to the line of impressive hills starting at Raghtin More, S over S Main and the meanderings of Lough Swilly, E over the newly formed lough and the low line of hills to the somewhat older Lough Foyle (haze unfortunately hiding the cliffs of Beneivenagh). I dropped down a little to the NE to shelter in one of the many enclosures from the brisk wind on what was a glorious day. From here the cairn on Slive Snaght Beg was visible, altough too the evidence of motorbikes making thier way up from below. This is a truely amazing top and yes i did add to the collection of cairns - another type of sheep?

Dropped off the E side to follow a fence downhill into the valley before a tramp across wet ground to skirt the side of Damph and back to the little quarry and the car. Whatever way you do it - do it. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/250/comment/3372/
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Great climb but disappointing summit experience
by Jdunne365  14 Jul 2016
Just to say that I climbed this today. The memorial plaque at the trig pillar has been smashed. I don't know how long ago or how long it has been there but if you know anyone who was involved in placing it there perhaps you could let them know before they go up and find out for themselves. Unfortunately there are some sad people climbing mountains in Ireland these days! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/250/comment/18596/
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