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Bluestack Mountains Area , SE: Barnesmore Subarea
Feature count in area: 45, all in Donegal, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 6
Highest Place: Croaghgorm 674m

Starting Places (22) in area Bluestack Mountains:
An Leathchruach, Barnsmore Gap, Bensons Hill, Caldragh CP, Clogher South peak, Cruach Mhín an Neanta, Doobin, Eanybeg Water Bridge, Edergole Farm, Gaugin Mountain, Glennacree CP, Hillhead, Lough Finn West, Lough Magrath Beg NE, Lough Muck North, Meenaguse Lough, Sand Lough Forest Picnic Area, Scoil Náisúnta an Choimín, Sheskinlubanagh, Sruell Gap Farm, Sruell River Road, St Columbkilles Well and Altar

Summits & other features in area Bluestack Mountains:
Cen: Reelan Hills: Altnapaste 364m, Gaugin Mountain 565m, Lacroagh 403m, Boultypatrick 429m, Croveenananta 476m, Croaghubbrid 416m, Croaghugagh 410m
N: Fintown Hills: Aghla Mountain South Top 589m, Aghla Mountain 593m, Scraigs 426m, Croaghleheen 385m
NW: Glenties: Cloghercor South 301m, Derkbeg Hill 332m, Drumnalough Hill 282m
S: Belshade: Croaghgorm 674m, Croaghgorm South-West Top 597m, Croaghgorm East Top 594m, Ardnageer 642m, Ardnageer SW Top 626m, Banagher Hill 392m, Croaghbane 641m, Croaghgorm Far South-West Top 561m, Cronamuck 444m, Croaghbarnes 498.8m, Glascarns Hill 578.3m, Meenanea 435m
SE: Barnesmore: Brown's Hill 496.4m, Cloghervaddy 402m, Croaghagranagh 440m, Croaghanirwore 546.1m, Croaghbrack 401m, Croaghconnellagh 523m, Croaghnageer 569.1m, Croaghnageer East Top 543.5m, Croaghnageer North-East Top 521m, Croaghonagh 451m
SW: Eany Beg Hills: Binbane 453m, Binbane NE Top 439m, Lavagh Beg 650m, Lavagh More 671m, Binnasruell 505m, Carnaween 521m, Cloghmeen Hill 429m, Silver Hill 600m, Cullaghacro 476m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Croaghconnellagh, 523m Mountain Cruach Chonallach A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Cruach Chonallach [SOD#], 'stack of the Cenél Conaill'), Donegal County in Ulster province, in Arderin Lists, Croaghconnellagh is the 502nd highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference H02296 86371, OS 1:50k mapsheet 11
Place visited by: 66 members, recently by: abeach, gdg, ptully362, trostanite, srr45, annem, AlanReid, wintersmick, ilenia, BogRunner1, eoghancarton, Grumbler, pmeldrum, simon3, leonardt
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -7.965148, Latitude: 54.725323, Easting: 202296, Northing: 386371, Prominence: 268m,  Isolation: 1.8km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 602245 886363
Bedrock type: Leucogranite and porphyritic aplogranite, (Barnesmore Granite, G3 varieties of sheet complex)
Notes on name: The prominent hill to the east of the Gap, near Lough Mourne, is Croaghonagh, or Cruach Eoghanach, signifying the western boundary of Cenel or Tír Eoghain, while the hill facing it on the western side is Croaghconnelagh or Cruach Conallach, the frontier of Tír Chonaill (
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Crghcn, 10 char: Crghcnlgh

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Summary for Croaghconnellagh (Cruach Chonallach): Rough summit with steep sides and subject to rising water hazards.
Summary created by simon3 2019-05-31 16:23:49
   picture about Croaghconnellagh (<em>Cruach Chonallach</em>)
Picture: Cliffy Croaghconnellagh from the NE over the Lowerymore river. Small stream handrail at right.
Croaghconnellagh has rough wild summit area with numerous false tops and as of 2019 several cairns. Croaghconnellagh isn't the easiest summit to reach even though the N15 runs close to it. The direct routes from the road are over extremely steep ground on the SE side of the mountain. There is a car park at around SheskLub (H042 873). Cross the river using the Barnes Bridge and walk up the left or SW side of the Lowerymore river starting the climb at A (H03963 87022). Find an overgrown but useable riverside track along the Lowerymore until you reach a small stream heading NW. Head up this and cross it when the land on the west side starts to become very steep. Climb until you can swing SE to reach the summit. This route is useable even in wet weather when the Lowerymore is high provided you can get across the small stream.
Other routes start at BarnMor Gp (H03692 86632) which involves picking a way through steep slopes to reach the top directly from the SE as does an even more direct and steep route from GlCree (H03057 85788).
An easier route has been suggested starting from the west at B (H005 868) near Lough Eske though it suffers from long grass.
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gerrym on Croaghconnellagh
by gerrym 21 Nov 2004
From the Barnes River valley at the foot of Croaghnageer (see for previous part of this walk) it is a steep climb of over 1000 ft up the slopes of Croaghconnellagh on pretty wet ground. Light was fading fast on the climb adding to the sense of isolation - the constant sound of running water and the occasional plane overhead were my only companions. A climb of 45 mins brought me to the summit cairn, which is set back from a number of false summmits. It was completely dark now and Donegal Town was lit up to the SE, to the NE the warning lights of a large transmitter mast reached skyward and far below was the noise and lights of cars travelling along the N15. From the little reflected light available I could just make out the water of the two loughs at C (H003 863), from where a track leads down to the road encircling Lough Eske. There is nothing like travelling in the dark with only the light from your headtorch to show the way. Having said that I still managed to put my foot down a hole and stray into a swampy bog before reaching the track between the 2 loughs. It was a walk of half an hour along this track, which was completely flooded in sections. I went through a gate covered in barbed wire from where the track changed to tarmac and passed a few houses before reaching the road proper. I turned right and followed this road for what seemed like an eternity, even though it was only a few km. The road had high hedges and for most of my journey I had the company of bats flying back and forth into my light in the search for insects. The new B&B at the start of the road to Edergole Bridge stood out like a beacon on the hillside with garish bright lights along the drive polluting the darkness. I reached the carpark at 10 pm after 10 hours of some of the best walking I have ever had the pkeasure to enjoy (endure?). The picture is looking across the Barnes River valley from the slopes of Croaghnageer to Croaghconnellagh. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking Southwest to Croaghonagh
My Childhood Ideal Of A Mountain
by Aidy 13 Oct 2013
As soon as I began to develop an interest in hill walking, I knew this would be one of my priorities. It made a big impression on me as a child, staring up at it from the car on day trips to Donegal. I would have to press my face against the window to take in its full height. It seemed like the highest, steepest mountain in the world to me. So, I set off to climb Croaghconnellagh today in bright afternoon sunshine with high expectations.

I parked at the Northeast end of Barnes Gap in the car park. A short walk along the N15 brought me to a bridge over the Lowerymore River where I left the road and set off along the left bank of the river (burn really) towards a col on the Northwest side of the mountain. As I ascended the col, I found it too steep so I decided to circle around it to the North and see if there was an easier ascent. Soon after, as I glanced down, I discovered I was well out of my comfort zone. There was a virtually sheer 100ft drop to jagged rocks in the river. I cautiously retreated, dropped down to the river and went up the right bank instead until I found a gentler slope leading up the North side to the summit. This meant crossing the Lowerymore again - might be difficult after heavy rain.

With height, the ground became less boggy and uneven, with lots of granite exposed. In places it looked almost like the Burren. There were lots of false summits with cairns and I wandered round them all, each opening up new vistas. Views were stunning in all directions.

Croaghconnellagh didn't disappoint. Its probably my favourite climb so far (out of a grand total of five!) and it taught me a valuable lesson that beginners always need to be alert to straying beyond their limits. Linkback:
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caution advised!
by Ben Quinn 5 Nov 2013
Think I remember years ago a report of a local postman being killed by a fall on the Road-side of that hill. It gets very steep near the top, just under the masts, and needs to be treated with extreme caution..Perfectly climbable on dry footing, but its steep scrambling! Linkback:
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Picture: A selection of the multiplicity of cairns at the summit.
Tough but impressive top
by Colin Murphy 31 Aug 2015
There's no easy way up this hill as it is pretty isolated from everything around it in terms of elevation and pretty much every side of it is steep. In fact some approaches are precipitous. I had the misfortune to have to climb it from the NW after a day's weary bagging and was faced with a 350m steep ascent to round off my walk. I approached from Croaghanirwore and began ascending from the Barnes River at B (H005 868). The initial bit was ok, although there is a lot of knee-length grass to contend with. After a few hundred metres the slope steepens and more rocks and boulders appear. The ground finally eases at about 470m elevation. The summit is difficult to identify and there are multiple points marked by cairns, although the one my GPS led me to was at least 10m below another cairn. Suggest you visit the lot to be sure, to be sure! Linkback:
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