Gaugin Mountain 565m mountain, Bluestack Mountains Ireland at
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Gaugin Mountain Mountain An Gáigín A name in Irish
(Ir. An Gáigín [OSI], 'the little cleft') Donegal County, in Arderin List, Pale quartzite, pebble beds, rare schist Bedrock

Height: 565m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 6&11 Grid Reference: G98323 94999
Place visited by 31 members. Recently by: Lauranna, Cobhclimber, Fergalh, melohara, Aidy, shaunkelly, 40Shades, Onzy, simoburn, chalky, David-Guenot, Wilderness, Colin Murphy, gregwalker, Garmin
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Longitude: -8.02686, Latitude: 54.802828 , Easting: 198323, Northing: 394999 Prominence: 290m,  Isolation: 3.1km
ITM: 598272 894989,   GPS IDs, 6 char: GgnMnt, 10 char: GgnMntn
Bedrock type: Pale quartzite, pebble beds, rare schist, (Gaugin Quartzite Formation)

In a note on the townland of Dergroagh, James O'Kane says that it is sometimes called Cúl Gáigín. He also records the name Sruthán an Chut Chaoil in Dergroagh, which may relate to the same cleft feature from which Gáigín is named (JOK).   Gaugin Mountain is the 378th highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Gaugin taken from near Commeen
murphysw on Gaugin Mountain, 2005
by murphysw  17 Jul 2005
Gaugin (pronounced Gaw-geen by the locals) is definitely worth climbing if you want to experience the Bluestacks and have only a few hours free. This is due to its accessability, its right beside the R253. If you are coming out of Ballybofey heading towards Glenties you should take the left fork at the Protestant church four miles out from Ballybofey. Four twisty miles further on you should be in the townland of Commeen, recognisable by the Reelin pub and a disused post office. Gaugin should now be visable on the left in the distance. Its quite a malevolent looking mountain, towering darkly over the lesser mountain of Slieve Mullagh. Its anything but, and is a very easy climb. Drive on another three miles and take a left into an area known as the Croaghs. (I think thats how you spell it, its pronounced 'crows'. In any case you are now in the heart of one of the most famous Gaelic speaking areas of the county). The Croaghs road will take you right to the foot of Gaugin. The Croaghs is now a very sparsely inhabited area and there is no shortage of places of leave the car. I climbed the mountain many years ago as a child, and remember the climb as being quite quick and easy. The ground wasn't bad either, and not as boggy as i had expected. At the summit is a large cairn (which is clearly visible from Commeen). My Uncle, a local, said it was traditional to add a stone to the cairn if you climbed the mountain. The summit affords great views of the Bluestacks to the south. You are literally towering over Slieve Mullagh below you to the East. I wouldn't bother hiking over onto it. I climbed this mountain separately, and it wasn't a pleasnt experience. The ground is very boggy and my brother fell waist deep into a paticularly soggy bit near the summit. The rest of us kept stepping in holes full of bog water so that it slopped in over our wellies. From the Croaghs, reaching the summit of Gaugin shouldn't take you more than an hour an a half. Trackback:
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