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Silver Hill Mountain Cruach an Airgid A name in Irish, also Croaghanarget an extra name in English (Ir. Cruach an Airgid [OSI], 'stack of the silver') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Feldspathic psammite; quartzite, marble Bedrock

Height: 600m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: G90654 91281
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Longitude: -8.146005, Latitude: 54.769336 , Easting: 190654, Northing: 391281 Prominence: 155m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 590604 891270,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvrHl, 10 char: Silver Hil
Bedrock type: Feldspathic psammite; quartzite, marble, (Lough Eske Psammite Formation)

Also known as Croaghanarget [PWJ], which is the name of the townland.   Cruach an Airgid is the 289th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Silver Hill (<i>Cruach an Airgid</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Summit cairn with Lavagh Beg (left) and More in distance.
Silver lining
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  26 Nov 2013
This approach is from SW and forms part of a loop including Binnasruel, Lavagh More, Lavagh Beg and Silver Hill. Park at G 896 885 starA (Point A), beside an abandoned cottage. Climb over fence and proceed north for a short time, turning NE at point G898 890 starB (Point B) after a few hundred metres where slope become steeper. Continue for approx 2 km to reach Binnasruel, then continue NE for another 2km, passing between a number of small loughs around point G 924 903 starC (Point C). The climb to Lavagh More is reasonably easy and the summit is a broad rocky/grassy area, marked by a cairn. From here it is a short hop to Lavagh Beg. Turn NW for 1km dropping down to just 540m before a relatively easy climb to the top, the highest point marked by a pile of rocks, and overlooks a tiny lough. From her continue directly west for 2km descending to approx 440m. The terrain becomes a little rougher on this section, marked by some peat hags and boggy in parts, although the ascent isn't too taxing. The summit of Silver Hill is marked by a cairn. We chose to continue from here to take in Cullaghacro and then return in a SE direction for 1km to a concrete bridge at approx. G 908 904 starD - the river Eany Beg is quite wide and difficult to cross otherwise. From the bridge continue south for 1km, ascending to the shoulder of Binnasruel at G 913 898 starE and then descend to the finishing point in a SW direction for a further 1km. Total trip time: 6 hours, including breaks. Linkback:
eflanaga on Silver Hill, 2007
by eflanaga  21 Feb 2007
Started walk at IG88651 88712 (210m) at Disert in the shadow of Carnaween. Having parked the car I walked the short distance down to a small cottage. Here I used a style beside a gate to cross over to the service road which runs for some distance up and beyond the windfarm towards Silver Hill. I passed through the second gate with the warning signs and at the first bend left the track to follow my bearing of 30 degrees to a hill named Meenacloghspar IG89238 90072 about 1.5K from start. Great views in all directions from the top. From here I took a bearing of 37 degrees although Silver Hill was quite plain to be seen in the distance on a clear & sunny but cool morning. There are what appear to be a number of marker posts (white top/blue bottom) following along the path of both bearings taken to this point. My next target was the lower height of 444m on Cullaghacro IG89585 90631 which required negotiation of a wet area. The first part of this, through peat hags, was easily navigable, however, in hindsight it may have been better to gain height and make for the upper level of Cullaghacro as the ground, once you cross the fence halfway between Meenacloghspar and Cullaghacro, is quite marshy requiring a degree of zig-zagging to find the driest route through. Even so it wasn't terribly difficult but may be so in more inclement weather conditions. Passing Cullaghacro I negotiated another fence and made a beeline on a bearing of 67 degrees straight for the top of Silver Hill, 1.2K away, the ground improving rapidly with ascent. The climb is relatively short and not overly difficult. The top of the mountain is covered in grey rock slabs which, presumably from a distance and in sunlight, glints silver, thereby explaining the hill's name. An obvious cairn appears as you near the summit. On reaching this another smaller cairn is visible 100m away just past the tarn and near another fence. On first glance I presumed the larger cairn at IG90659 91280 (GPS) marked the top (GPS gave height here as 597m) . In common with CSD below I was perplexed when I reached the second cairn IG90694 91376, (the first still looked the higher of the two), as GPS reading gave the height at the second as 609m. I'm presuming that CSD's grid reference for his 'higher' point refers to the first cairn I describe. This highlights the discrepancy you often get with GPS. Regardless, the views from either cairn are quite spectacular as described by GerryM below. From here it was a case of an about turn but with a slight deviation to the north of my outward route in order to tackle Carnaween (See for second part of walk). Linkback:
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Misty Silver
by IainT  21 Dec 2016
Like csd I drove up the boreen from the Glenties road and parked by the sheep pen on the crest about half a km from its end. There's plenty of room for one car, but it could be a problem after heavy rain as the surface was a bit mushy (what, rain in Donegal? Surely not). Headed down southwards to cross the stream and follow the track up the hill, then out onto easy open ground to the summit. A few outcrops gave some optional scrambly playing. As for garrettd this was my final VL, having finished Paddy Dillon's list in 1999, so I made sure to go to all the summits. As far as I could tell in the mist the heights were pretty similar. Took a more direct line down to the road end, which was a mistake as the ground was much boggier and it meant running the gauntlet of the unfriendly farm dog in the yard. The farmer called it off but the only reaction I got to a friendly wave was a scowl. Bit of a contrast to the Kerry farmer a few days before where we had blethered for ages, until his wellies started to fill with water! Linkback:
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csd on Silver Hill, 2004
by csd  16 Aug 2004
Coming from Glenties, we turned off the Ballybofey road and parked beside a sheep pen at G8956 9297 starF, where there's room for one car. After backtracking on foot for about 100m, we left the road at a gate on the left and followed the track up the side of Silver Hill, which starts by the stream at the bottom of the field. The track peters out eventually, but gives you a good start up Silver Hill. There are no fewer than three separate cairns adorning the summit area, I reckoned the one at 90653 91281 starG was the highest, which seems to agree with the co-ordinates on MV. The picture shows this cairn and the view NW. Linkback:
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Picture: Silver Hill from Binnasruell summit
Every hill has its silver lining - my last VL
by garrettd  24 Aug 2014
To justify the near 400 mile round trip from Dublin, I had planned an ambitious assault on 10 peaks including the all important Silver Hill, my last VL. In truth I only became properly aware of the VLs in about 2010 but had been diligently ticking off the 2000 footers in Paddy Dillon's, Mountains of Ireland since I managed to find a copy in the UK (unavailable in any bookstore I checked in Ireland at the time). Thankfully there is a great deal of overlap in the two lists!! I had finished Paddy's list on Slieve Snaght in July 2012, which on account of the remaining unticked VLs was somewhat anti-climatic.

I started my last VL hike at the bend on the road at G894884 starH and took in Binnasruell, Silver Hill, Cullaghcro and Carnaween. I set off with some trepidation on account of others' experience with wet ground and interminable wire fences without styles. Both are sadly still in evidence. Where there are styles, they come in pairs, right beside each other. That joke about waiting for buses came to mind. I lost count of the number of prominent looking fence posts on these hills which promised much but seemed to signify nothing special at all. Despite the remoteness, the visitor book in the metal box on top of Carnaween revealed four other summiteers on that peak already that week!

I reached the summit of Silver Hill at 3.30pm on 22 August 2014, roughly 21 years and seven months after I first ascended, unknowingly, my first VL, Tonlagee, Co. Wicklow. I'm unsure about my encore - the 97 Arderins I have left seem too much to contemplate for now. Many thanks to Mountainviews - a superb resource for walking in Ireland which I heartily recommend to all my walking contacts when I get the chance.

As far the 10 peak plan, I had to make do with 7. At approximately 65 miles per peak bagged, it's debatable how economical it was but the last VL had to be done one way or the other. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking to Lavagh Beg, Lavagh More and Croaghgorm
gerrym on Silver Hill, 2005
by gerrym  3 Jun 2005
Climbed Sunday 29.5.05. Parked at chapel on Glenties to Ballybofey road (896943 starI) and walked short distance downhill to take road on left. This is initially tarmac but as gain height changes to gravel, cross metal gate and pass sheep pens as follow course of Owegarve river on right. At head of valley can veer off track to the right towards the thunderous sound of water dropping steeply and can then follow the river upstream. Cross at first opportunity to opposite bank as the river is deep and there are very limited crossing points. I took off for the adjacent rise towards the W side of Silver Hill - the ground soon levels out and there is an extensive area of annoyingly wet ground with peat hags to negotiate. Once past this can pick up a fenceline which climbs over firmer and rockier ground all the way to the summit area. Good views into the Reelan river valley past the steep face of Binnacally to Gaugin at its far end. To the N views are dominated by Agla , but as gain height Slieve Snaght comes into view. The fence is quite substancial but I wonder at its use as it has fallen into serious disrepair at the summit where can cross. The summit area has small cairns and there are two little tarns, with some more slightly lower to the S. Views to the E are to the bigger hills of Lavagh Beg, Lavagh More and Croaghgorm. To the S Donegal coastline, Bay and into Sligo and Mayo with thier own distinctive mounatin ranges on show. To the W the Atlantic stretches out to the horizon beyond Arran Island. In the immediate vicinity there are five large wind turbines working away silently to the SW. The Eany Beg river has also been dammed creating a lough (was not on my map which is a few years old) to faciliotae a hydro scheme. I camped for the night on the summit and had the pleasure of watching the sun set over the Atlantic from the comfort of my sleeping bag. Also got some cracking pictures as the sun went down and the shadows lenghtened. Had a good sleep and was up at 8.30 the next morning to continue exploring the westerly side of the Bluestacks. (see Carnaween for continuation of the days walking). Linkback:
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