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Derryveagh Mountains Area   N: Aghla Subarea
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Crocknalaragagh Hill Na Leargacha A name in Irish (Ir. Na Leargacha [OSI], 'the slopes') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 470.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: B98435 26162
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Longitude: -8.025286, Latitude: 55.082756 , Easting: 198435, Northing: 426163 Prominence: 186m,  Isolation: 2.4km
ITM: 598385 926145,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crcknl, 10 char: Crcknlrggh
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

This peak is located between Muckish and the Aghlas and overlooks the Muckish Gap.   Na Leargacha is the 663rd highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Crocknalaragagh (<i>Na Leargacha</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: As viewed from Muckish
A "busy" hilltop.
Short Summary created by jackill, Harry Goodman  18 Mar 2012
Park at Muckish Gap B998 269 starA. Climb up the steep enbankment NW and then follow up along the forest edge (on left) for some 600m to Pt 384 B995 264 starB Continue further along for another 500m to Pt. 431 B992 261 starC where a change of direction to due W (right) is necessary to gain the high point about 2k from the start. The top of this hill is quite expansive and "busy" with many humps and hallows all above the 400m contour. For this reason finding the top in poor visibility could prove tricky unless care is taken with navigation, hence the number of checkpoints given. There are three small loughs on Crocknalaragagh, all above 400m, which are all within close proximity of each other should a visit to them be required. While there are views N to Muckish, SW to the Agla Begs and across SE to the Dooish / Slieve Snaght ridge, the relatively low height of Crocknalaragh means they are more restricted than those from its higher neighbours. Most people probably climb this hill as part of a greater round of tops. Linkback: Picture about mountain Crocknalaragagh (<i>Na Leargacha</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Lough Aluirg & Na Leargacha, with Muckish behind
vikinghar on Crocknalaragagh, 2008
by vikinghar  28 Oct 2008
Of the seven sisters in the Derryveagh range Na Leargacha must be considered the saddest. For most walkers, myself included, Na Leargacha is often considered as the barrier on the main walk to the Aghla’s. A mere footnote in walking terms. And I would still think of it in the same way had I not climbed it in full sunshine and with new eyes.

I walked Na Leargacha in early April 2008 when the sun was shining and the breeze would cut you in two, perfect walking weather, on my way to (you guessed it) the Aghla’s. But I soon gained a new respect for Na Leargacha for its wonderful rocky crags and cliff faces and I will consider climbing it again specifically, maybe as a circular walk.

OSI sheet 2 is the map to use. Getting to the start point is very easy, on the road from Letterkenny to Gweedore you will pass the entrance to Glenveagh National Park, about 2 or 3 miles on you will see a sign for Falcarragh on the right. This will lead you up to Muckish Gap where you can park beside the grotto. Behind the grotto is Muckish and much has been said about it, but turn around and face the other way and you will see the start of Na Leargacha(B998269 starA). Interesting point, when I parked there last it was actually a hundred yards further on from the grotto and it offered a great view of the relatively dramatic northern face of Na Leargacha, crags and slopes galore.

From the start point, climb the steep slope, keeping as close as possible to the fence. The fence will guide you well to the top. Once you have past the forestry the top of the hill opens out onto sheep-grazed tundra. The actual top of Na Leargacha is 3 or 400 hundreds yards to the right of the fence line at B984262 starD. From there I went back to the fence and lunched on the sheltered northern shore of Lough Dog. From this point on, the view is dominated by the Aghla’s rising out of the far shore of Lough Aluirg. I descended with the upper crags on my right, skirted the top of the lower crags and descended with the lower crags on my left. I followed the stream down the Lough’s shore and rested at its northern exit (B971256 starE).

As I said before I was on a mission to the Aghla’s, but for anybody that wanted to call it a day at this point will have a choice of exit, to return to Muckish Gap. You either follow the stream flowing out of the northern end of Lough Aluirg, called the Ballyness on the map, or you can exit at the southern end through the forestry. Either way will get you back to the road. The OSI map is pretty accurate as regards the lanes and bog roads in this area. Linkback:
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