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Derryveagh Mountains Area   Cen: Lough Keel (Meencorwick) Subarea
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Crocknafarragh Mountain Cnoc na bhFaircheach A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc na bhFaircheach [OSI], 'hill of the [obscure element]') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 517m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 1 Grid Reference: B87809 16754
Place visited by 43 members. Recently by: ilenia, paulbrown, Grumbler, Lauranna, Fergalh, finkey86, 40Shades, shaunkelly, Cobhclimber, melohara, sandilandsn, eoghancarton, windy, markmjcampion, simoburn
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Longitude: -8.191272, Latitude: 54.998124 , Easting: 187809, Northing: 416754 Prominence: 172m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 587761 916742,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crcknf, 10 char: Crcknfrgh
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

This is the highest peak on the ridge between Dún Lúiche / Dunlewy and Loch an Iúir / Loughanure. The second element in this name is unclear. In the Ordnance Survey Name Book John O’Donovan recorded two possibilities: ‘hill of thunder’ or ‘hill of the lofts’.   Cnoc na bhFaircheach is the 513th highest place in Ireland.

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A panorama of NW highlights. .. by group   (Show all for Crocknafarragh (Cnoc na bhFaircheach))
A commanding viewpoint .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Crocknafarragh (Cnoc na bhFaircheach))
Climbed 29-05-06. The limited attention given to .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Crocknafarragh (Cnoc na bhFaircheach)) Picture about mountain Crocknafarragh (<i>Cnoc na bhFaircheach</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Crocknafarragh (R), Slieve Snaght (back) and Crockglass (L) from Grogan More
Easy ascent for a nice tour with stunning views
by David-Guenot  30 Sep 2013
Followed Harry Goodman's advice and climbed Crocknafarragh on 13. June as part of a five-summit circuit, also including Grogan More, Crocknafarragh SE Top, Crockglass and Addernymore. Started from north of Lough Keel at B8462 1676 I and tackled Grogan More first before making my way to Crocknafarragh. As seen on picture, and as described by Harry and eflanaga, the col between the two summits is covered with peat hags. Therefore I decided to head towards Grogan Beg (flat summit left on the picture, 424m point on OSI map), which was a good idea as it enabled me to enjoy firm ground and great views over Errigal and its neighbours between two peat hag sections. After crossing the last peat hags, a regular ascent starts, getting easier as the ground becomes firmer. From Grogan More through Grogan Beg, it is a 45-50 min walk to the 503m point (small rocky mound right of the summit on picture). Add a few more minutes to reach the top at 517m. Fantastic views all around, to Grogan More, the ocean and Tievealehid to the north, Errigal and Dooish to the north-east, and the Slieve Snaght range (see picture) to the south-east (could not see much to the west and south because of the cloudy weather). Prominent as it is, Crocknafarragh happens to be a good landmark to identify the surrounding summits. From the top it is a short, highly recommended stroll to Crocknafarragh SE Top (12-15 min) and Crockglass (add another 15 min). Finally made my way to Addernymore and back to the car via the road south of Lough Keel.

I would not necessarily recommend climbing Addernymore -unless you are a hill-bagger !- but going back along the ridge west of Crocknafarragh through 409m point. Or maybe continuing on the ridge north of Crockglass and down to Dunlewy Lough (if two cars available)... or maybe even starting a four-summit trip from there ?

Definitely an enjoyable walk, with no other difficulty than the distance and... the peat hags ! Rewarding views all along and all around and a great sensation of isolation, as I did not meet anybody until I was back on the road ! Linkback:
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The High Route around Glentornan Lough .. by jsramsey1491   (Show all for Crocknafarragh (Cnoc na bhFaircheach))
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