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Sperrin Mountains Area   NW Cen: Glenelly North West Subarea
Place count in area: 64, OSI/LPS Maps: 12, 13, 6, 7, 8 
Highest place:
Sawel, 678m
Maximum height for area: 678 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 657 metres,

Places in area Sperrin Mountains:
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion NE Top 493.6m
E: Magherafelt Hills:   Slieve Gallion 526.6m
N: Claudy Hills:   Crockdooish 321mCurradrolan Hill 270mEglish 277mLetterlogher 249mMullaghmeash Hill 244mSlieveboy 259mStraid Hill 303m
NE Cen: Glenelly North East:   Barnes Top 456mCraigagh Hill 460mCrockbrack 526.1mKnockanbane Mountain 441mMeenard Mountain 620mMeenard Mtn W Top 480mMullaghaneany 627mMullaghash 480mMullaghsallagh 485mOughtmore 569mSpelhoagh 568m
NE: Glenshane North:   Benbradagh 465mBoviel Top 454mCarn Hill 448mCarntogher 464mMoneyoran Hill 414m
NE: Glenshane South:   Bohilbreaga 478mCoolnasillagh Mountain 423mCorick Mountain 430mCrockalougha 407mMullaghmore 550mWhite Mountain 537m
NW Cen: Glenelly North West:   Dart Mountain 619mDart Mountain North-West Top 525mLearmount Mountain 489mLearmount Mountain South Top 492mMullaghasturrakeen 581mMullaghcarbatagh 517mMullaghclogha 635mMullaghclogher 572mMullaghdoo 568mSawel 678m
NW: Maheramason Hills:   Clondermot Hill 220mGortmonly Hill 218mSlievekirk 370m
SE Cen: Glenelly South East:   Carnanelly 562mCarnanelly West Top 503.4mMullaghbane 467mMullaghturk 416m
SE: Cookstown Hills:   Cregganconroe 300mFir Mountain 362mOughtmore 382m
SW Cen: Glenelly South West:   Clogherny Top 408mCraignamaddy 385mCrocknamoghil 335mMullaghbolig 442mSpaltindoagh 420m
SW: Mullaghcarn:   Curraghchosaly Mountain 416mMullaghcarn 542mMullaghcarn South Top 525m
SW: Newtownstewart Hills:   Bessy Bell 420mMullaghcroy 242m
W: Strabane:   Balix Hill 403mKnockavoe 296mOwenreagh Hill 400m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Mullaghcarbatagh Mountain Mullach Carbadach A name in Irish (prob. Ir. Mullach Carbadach [PDT], 'boulder-strewn summit') Tyrone County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Psammite & semipellite Bedrock

Height: 517m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 13 Grid Reference: H51813 94786
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Longitude: -7.195194, Latitude: 54.798249 , Easting: 251813, Northing: 394786 Prominence: 32m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 651751 894776,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mlg517, 10 char: Mlghcrbtgh
Bedrock type: Psammite & semipellite, (Dart Formation)

Referred to as Sliabh cCarbatach in the Annals of the Four Masters (entry for 1567 AD). The element carbad/carb is found in a number of Irish place-names. Although carpat can mean a chariot in Old Irish, many of the places in question have boulders and this seems more likely to be the sense of such place-names in mountain areas.   Mullaghcarbatagh is the 515th highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: West Tyrone from the summit
Unusually Rocky Sperrin
Short Summary created by Aidy  4 Apr 2014
Situated north of the scenic Glenelly Valley, Mullaghcarbatagh is the most westerly in a line of mountains which proceeds through Mullaghclogha and Sawel, the two highest peaks in the Sperrins. It can be used as a starting point for a walk taking in all or some of those summits. If doing the walk in the other direction, it is easily accessed from Mullaclogher to the east. It is worth doing in its own right however, offering a different character to much of the Sperrins, with its rocky top. If ascending as a solo summit, or the start of a longer walk, it can be accessed by one of many minor roads leading north from the Glenelly Valley, particularly the Castledamph Road. Access is also possible from the Bradkeel or Lisnaragh Roads to the west. From the north, access from the Carricayne Road. The mountains is orientated Northwest to Southeast, with the summit on the southern end, topped by a fine cairn. The northwestern end has a slightly lower summit, with its own, also impressive cairn. Linkback: Picture about mountain Mullaghcarbatagh (<i>Mullach Carbadach</i>) in area Sperrin Mountains, Ireland
Picture: north cairn of Mullaghcarbatagh
gerrym on Mullaghcarbatagh, 2006
by gerrym  16 Sep 2006
Climbed 6.3.05. Mullaghcarbatagh, despite its lack of height in comparison to the surrounding hills has always been one of my favourite tops in the Sperrins. It's Irish name meaning boulder strewn summit is very appropriate and it has perhaps more visible rock than any other summit in the range. I approached from the N side, coming off the B48 and travelling up through the picturesque Butterlope Glen, after hairpin bend keep left and park at a layby opposite a bog road (495945 starA). I followed the bog road uphill, very wet in places as pass long abandoned peat cuttings. There was an unseasonal heat haze and plenty of midges, giving the false impression of summer months. There was some difficult groung to negoiate here as headed E over thick and deep heather towards the tops of conifers hidden by a rise. Pick up a fenceline here which rounds a rocky putcrop and skirts the conifer plantation to go straight to the N cairn of Mullaghcarbatagh. Th eground is much easier here as pass large fence posts wearing black bin lids as hats. As climb the ground becomes rockier by Sperrin standards and there are good views N & W, beyond the wind turbines turning lazily atop Bessy Bell - to Inishowen and the unique profile of Muckish in Donegal. The N cairn is reached in just under one hour and is quite substancial, with a cross. The summit cairn is ten minutes away to the SW over a number of rocky rises. This is one of the most perfectly shaped cairns i have had the pleasure to look at and i sat here for lunch with only the sound of the breeze and the croak of ravens to accompany me. It was a beautiful day with the surrounding countryside laid out in a patchwork of light and shade. Being at the western end of the Sperrins there are great views out towards Donegal and in particular to the high ridge which makes up the core of the Bluestacks. There is also a good perspective on the rest of the Sperrins along the line of the Glenelly Valley. From here there are good options for continuing E to Mullaghclogher, Mullaghasturreekin and Mullaghclogha. This would also be a start/finish point for a traverse of the central Sperrins to Oughtmore over 20km away - no i haven't done it yet, but will do some long summer day in the not too distant future. Linkback:
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Picture: view south from just below summit of mullaghcarbatagh
mcna on Mullaghcarbatagh, 2007
by mcna  27 Jan 2007
From the summit of Mullaghclogher I followed the fence to the summit of Mullaghcarbatagh. The col is wet and boggy and the mist enveloped us. It was tough going with the gusting wind. Just before the summit there is tremendously steep ground littered with boulders and stones. Thankfully it is short! Although it was beautiful it was slippy and wet underfoot. Great care required here. When we reached the aforementioned perfectly formed summit cairn the mist rolled away and we had a glimpse at some of the wonderful views. I have so many photographs; I didn’t know which one to use! You could clearly see the ridges to the south, the Plumbridge communications mast. The wind far north of Plumbridge, the strule/foyle river and just before the cloud closed in again I think I saw Moor Lough in the north east. We didn’t go over to the northern cairn as we were exhausted walking against the wind. The cloud was low so views were not far reaching. We dropped off the summit, following the fence line along the ridge. We could see the track and road which we would be joining later. We passed the forest and made our way to the summit of craigacorm (GR515933) and turned east, still following the fence. This took us to the junction of the track and road. We crossed the gate and walked down to the road junction with the Glenelly road (GR507214). We then walked east back to the car park. The walk down was pleasant enough, the wind had subsided, and the cloud had settled over the two summits we had been on. A total journey time for Mullaghclogher and Mullaghcarbatagh, of 5hrs 30mins, including breaks and time spent searching for Fr. Devine’s Well!. Great walk, great scenery and an overall great day out! Linkback:
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Picture: Mullaghcarbatagh's 'perfect' summit cairn
eflanaga on Mullaghcarbatagh, 2006
by eflanaga  1 Jun 2006
Climbed October 7th 2005 – Good to see that this mountain has now been included in the Sperrins list. The mountain was the first I climbed in a 30K circuit that was also to take in Mullaghclogher, Mullaghasturakeen & Mullaghclocha and a few other minor hills. I parked at the car park near Drumnaspar Bridge. From here I turned left passing the bridge and taking the first right turn onto the Castledamph Road. The road rather steeply wends its way up hill. Eventually levels out and turns east. About 260m further on IH524 921 there is a track/lane (clearly shown on map) on the left which runs up along Glensass Burn ending at the foot of Mullaghcarbatagh. At end of track it’s just a case of picking a line of least resistance up to the summit. Ground (at time of walk) was relatively firm although reeds at base of hill suggest going may be much softer in wetter weather. There are numerous sheep tracks which can be availed off as you ascend. As is common with many mountains the ground becomes rockier the nearer you are to the summit. It is humbling to realise that these (Dalradian ) rocks were formed between 610 and 595 million years ago. Hard to get your head around that! The climb from the track is relatively easy and the reward at the summit is a perfectly formed cairn and some excellent views. There is a second cairn about 12 minutes to the north-west accessed by climbing a fence a few metres below the first summit and negotiation of a number of dips and heights and somewhat marshy ground in places. The second cairn is not as well formed as the first but has an iron cross upon it, as well as a tattered Tyrone GAA flag hanging on by its last few threads. Disappointingly, there was a fair bit of rubbish around this cairn. Some people had stuffed empty plastic bottles between the gaps on the cairn and a few metres away I found the remains of a number of ‘rockets’ and their packaging strewn across the hill. I gathered as much as I could and retraced my steps back to the first cairn. From here I set my sights due east and the short drop and subsequent ascent to Mullaghclogher. Linkback:
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thisbliss on Mullaghcarbatagh, 2008
by thisbliss  14 Sep 2008
Climbed this on 13-09-08, possibly the best day of the last 3 months, meaning it was fairly soggy going! Parked up a small road in the area of Eden Back, just to east of Glensass Burn (H517932 starB). From here the summit is almost due north. A rough track extends after the road ends but is best veering off this after a while as there is plenty of swampy reedy parts on the way up. The climb takes about a half hour if even and is rewarded with a well built cairn at the top which someone has taken the time to get right. More importantly was well impressed with the view. Was great visibility, could make out the scree runs on Errigal, inishowen mtns, binevenagh, benbradagh, mullaghcarn, bessy bell, cuilcagh (which i was most impressed with as id never picked a clear enough day before to see it from the sperrins) and bluestacks.
Just below the summit was a flat area where fires had been lit and looked like a good spot for camping. Also quad tracks led away from here towards the forest on the west side of the mtn. Would probably approach from this way if climbing here again as the western slope appeared easier going. Would probably take the Bradkeel road and follow the forest track as far as possible. Linkback:
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Picture: Big Skies Over The Magnificent Summit Cairn
Great Conclusion To A Brilliant Day's Walking
by Aidy  1 Apr 2014
I had spent a brilliant sunny day walking the Western Sperrins from Mullaclogher to Mullaghcloga, having missed out on this peak due to picking the wrong route from the Glenelly Valley, However, having bagged Mullaclogha, I still felt full of energy due to the great weather and views perhaps. Instead of taking a different route down from Mullaghclogha, I decided therefore to keep the option of Mullaghcarbatagh open by retracing my steps, back up Mullaghasturrakeen. Having reached it (again), I still felt good, so went back up Mullaghclogha, going just round the Nothern side of the summit. With the summit now in sight, there was no way I could resist, so I took a route that kept me on a level approach most of the way until I reached a point on the slopes of thsi mountain where a further ascent could no longer be avoided. It was a short but very steep climb from here up the Eastern side to the top. This peak offers a welcome variety in the Sperrins, being craggy and rocky. The summit cairn is magnificent, the only thing comparable in my experience being the folly on Dooish in West Tyrone. The views were also brilliant in the late afternoon sunshine. I could see the other great cairn on a lower sub-summit to the North, but strangely, having felt full of energy all day, right up to this point, having attained the top, I seemed to crash, and I barely had the power for the still long walk back to the car at Drumnaspar picnic area. It was with regret that I decided to leave the second cairn for another day, and headed South for a track in the distance which took me back to the Glenelly Valley. There was some tough terrain, very uneven with high clumps of rushes and bog on the way to the track which really sapped whatever energy I had left after a long walk (for me anyway). The track was a farm access road, and I met two friendly local farmers who assured me I was welcome to use it, and talked about the local mountains for a good half an hour. A brilliant mountain to finish off one the most enjoyable days I've spent hill walking. Linkback:
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