Slieve Snaght 615m mountain, Inishowen Ireland at
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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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Climbed Slieve Snaght on a fine Sunday afternoon .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Slieve Snaght)
Nightime ascent with Sheila 'Neantog' McDaid 31st .. by retepcooper   (Show all for Slieve Snaght)
Went up Slieve Snaght on 23rd April. Weather had .. by orua   (Show all for Slieve Snaght)
Climbed Slieve Snaght (Inishowen) on Saturday 31s .. by tyfan   (Show all for Slieve Snaght) Picture about mountain Slieve Snaght in area Inishowen, Ireland
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. Trackback:
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Great climb but disappointing summit experience .. by Jdunne365   (Show all for Slieve Snaght)
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