Slievetooey 511m mountain, Donegal SW Ireland at
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Slievetooey Mountain Sliabh Tuaidh A name in Irish
(poss. Ir. Sliabh Tuaidh [DUPN], 'northern mountain') Donegal County, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Whitish quartzite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 511m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 10 Grid Reference: G62878 89936
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Longitude: -8.577351, Latitude: 54.755959 , Easting: 162878, Northing: 389936 Prominence: 376m,  Isolation: 1.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 562835 889925,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvty, 10 char: Slievetoey
Bedrock type: Whitish quartzite with pebble beds, (Slieve Tooey Quartzite Formation)

Located in Meenacurrin townland. Slievetooey is on the north side of the peninsula, while Slieve League is on the south. The cliffs and stacks along Slievetoey’s seaward side form one of the most spectacular stretches of coastal scenery in Ireland. The highest point at 511m is actually unnamed on the Discovery map, while the name is positioned on a lower peak (472m). There are many possible interpretations of the specific element in this name. O'Neill mentions tuagh, an axe or hook, and tuathach, a lord or ruler of a tuath. If the early forms can be relied open, there appears to have been an article between the two elements, which would make north mountain rather unlikely. Previously Meenacurrin in MV.   Sliabh Tuaidh is the third highest mountain in the Donegal SW area and the 526th highest in Ireland.

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Easy access and climb - and fine summit panoramas .. by group   (Show all for Sliabh Tuaidh) Picture about mountain Sliabh Tuaidh in area Donegal SW, Ireland
Picture: looking from west top across Loughcroaghballaghdown
gerrym on Sliabh Tuaidh, 2009
by gerrym  6 Jun 2009
This walk is based upon route 34 in David Hermans Hill walkers Donegal. I used the same ample carpark (662907 A) as Paul, which was deserted in November. I followed the narrow road out of the village and climbed the open hill after the last building. Height is gained quickly following the zig zags of ground terraced by sheep, with views N to Errigal and S Snaght. Pass an old ringfort or such and pick up a fenceline to the R, a discerable track is then followed as it climbs above the pounding surf in Lougros Beg Bay. I had stunning views on a bright day with blue skies (while inland was shrouded in heavy fog) which gave a vista over the headlands and bays to Roaninish Island some 11 km away. I followed the ubiquitous blue water pipe/stream uphill and inland as it snaked its way from Lough Acruppan. The lough shore (646908 D) was reached in 1 hour, I stopped for a bite to eat and skirted its edge to make for the higher ground to the S. Pass 2 small cairns and head SW for the top (seems to have been some cairn building contest) with magnificent views on the way, reached in 2.25 hours. From the top there were views to S League, Sligo Hills, (and possibly the Iron Mtns rising above the mist of Donegal Bay)Cuilcaigh and to the Bluestacks and Derryveaghs, along with all the stuff along the coast.
The trig pillar is a little further to the W, with a fence protecting the steep drop towards L Croaghballaghdown and little L Beg. Views further along the coast to the W brought Sturral Head and the signal tower above Glencolumbkille. Continue W and drop down into a col before the short climb up to point 472 (Slievetooey). Walk across level ground before a big drop down to the NW towards the river flowing from Adoochro - i only got a brief glimpse of the waters of this classic corrie lough. Cross the river before it starts really cutting into the hill with an impressive ravine. The smell of salt and sound of waves assault the senses before arriving at the stunning sight of Gull Island (613924 E). It is now a case of following the coastline back, below the hills that have just been traversed. Unfortunately for me light was fast fading and i lost the not too recognisable track, leading to me scrambling up some very steep ground in the dark with the sea far below. This was tough and it took me some time to regain the track which eventually brought me back the way i had started. I arrived back at the car very tired but happy at a cracking day.
I have walked the coast from Glencolumbkille towards Slievetooey over a couple of days and can only say that it was unforgettable. Having a group of seals haul offshore and watch us from a matter of feet away in the sea was amazing. The scenery along this coast is breathtaking and i intend to return and do the full round one day. Linkback:
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A 10-strong group from QUBMC climbed Slievetooey .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Sliabh Tuaidh)
HC Hart [Climbing in the British Isles, 1895] des .. by simon3   (Show all for Sliabh Tuaidh)
This is near the summit of Meenacurrin, looking e .. by simon3   (Show all for Sliabh Tuaidh)
This picture shows some of the crags which guard .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Sliabh Tuaidh)
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