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Slieve Gallion Mountain Sliabh gCallann A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh gCallann [DUPN], 'mountain of the heights') Derry County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Basalt Bedrock

Height: 528m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 13 Grid Reference: H79873 87810
Place visited by 112 members. Recently by: atlantic73, ElaineM76, dregishjake, Kilcoobin, Kilcubbin, Hallamshire, fellrunner, pmeldrum, dregish, MichaelE, eoghancarton, Grumbler, m0jla, wicklore, mallymcd
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Longitude: -6.76038, Latitude: 54.732043 , Easting: 279873, Northing: 387810 Prominence: 333m,  Isolation: 2.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 679839 887815,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slv528, 10 char: SlvGln 528
Bedrock type: Basalt, (Basalt - andesite, tuff & shale)

Slieve Gallion is an isolated outlier of the Sperrins which dominates the western shore of Lough Neagh. The earliest reference to it is in AD 670 in the Book of Armagh where it is called Collunt Patricii, 'the height of St. Patrick'. There is a traditional song called Slieve Gallion’s Braes. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 150-52) for details of the festive assembly on Slieve Gallion. The names Tintagh Mountain and Glenarudda Mountain seem to refer to areas of mountain pasture on Slieve Gallion's slopes rather than separate peaks.   Slieve Gallion is the 474th highest place in Ireland.

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Simple, unremarkable top .. by group   (Show all for Slieve Gallion (Sliabh gCallann))
.. by slemish   (Show all for Slieve Gallion (Sliabh gCallann))
Eastern promise in the Sperrins .. by gerrym   (Show all for Slieve Gallion (Sliabh gCallann)) Picture about mountain Slieve Gallion (<i>Sliabh gCallann</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Trig point looking west to higher tops
gerrym on Slieve Gallion, 2010
by gerrym  2 Jan 2010
Climbed 12.3.05 parking on grass verge on a high road opposite Cruckandun Loughs (775882 D). Walk back a short distance and follow a fir lined lane leading to a red barn, climb gate and cross fence for open hill. Head nearly due east for boundary of Mobuy Wood over fairly good but wet ground. A farm track follows the forest boundary uphill and when it ends head NE for the higher ground. The summit area is quite expansive and could be confusing in poor weather, number of fences and wet areas to cross before reaching the trig point at 528 m (one of the few in the Sperrins). Extensive views E as I tracked hail showers making their way over the Lough Neagh basin and W into the rest of the Sperrin range.

Continue NE and drop down to pick up a rough farm track which leads to the tarmac road servicing the communications mast on the northern top. After 2.5 km reach what is not a very asthetically pleasing area of tarmac beside the transmitter, the easy access attracting off roaders to further erode the environment. There is a ruined cairn a little further to the N and the same quality views. Drop down W where rocky bluffs and ravines provided shelter from the howling wind and hail showers for lunch. Continue down towards the road and will pick up an old raised bog road which makes for pleasant walking. This reachs the road proper and a very quiet walk back to the car. It is worth while having a walk around Crockandun Loughs which are the result of sand and gravel extraction, with areas of the workings still being restored. Also worth visiting Lough Fea which is only a few minutes away and has a walk around its shores.
Can also approach from the NE at Iniscarn Forest which has some delightful walking through broadleaf trees and then pines as height is gained. The views open out spectacularily as follow forest tracks steeply uphill onto open hillside. There is a short but pretty steep haul to the top following a fenceline. Reach a large cairn and even larger views covering all of Lough Neagh, the whole range of the Antrim Hills and across to the hills of Newry & Mourne. Pass the communication mast and can use the road for a stretch as outlined above. The return is down the road and back to the forest. Linkback:
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I walked Slieve Gallion yesterday (Saturday) and .. by mcna   (Show all for Slieve Gallion (Sliabh gCallann))
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