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Derryveagh Mountains Area   Cen: Lough Keel (Meencorwick) Subarea
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Grogan More Hill An Grogán Mór A name in Irish (Ir. An Grogán Mór [OSI], poss. 'the big hard patch of land') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 457m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 1 Grid Reference: B85708 18248
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Longitude: -8.224175, Latitude: 55.01146 , Easting: 185708, Northing: 418248 Prominence: 62m,  Isolation: 2.6km
ITM: 585660 918232,   GPS IDs, 6 char: GrgnMr, 10 char: GrgnMore
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

Grogán may be a variant of gruagán/grógán. This can mean a pyramidal heap of turf-sods set on end to dry, or alternatively a hard patch of land [Dinneen]. The second meaning is probably the appropriate one, as this rare element is probably connected with Welsh grug ‘heather’, of which the usual Irish equivalent is fraoch. The same word also appears in An Grogán Beag and An Grogán Carrach, two neighbouring hills. See also Gruggandoo in the Mournes.   An Grogán Mór is the 712th highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Pt 457 0n Grogan More looking SE to Crocknafarragh
A hill worthy of the climb.
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman  16 Nov 2011
Route 1: On the N56 just S of Crolly,take a minor road on the left B833 197 starA and follow along to a church car park B8387418575 starB. just beyond the S end of the car parktake a track left up past a derelict building for 320m to B8402518735 starC. Go up right on a less distinct track, alongside a stream, to a notch in the ridge above B8415518796 starD. Head SE along a gently rising grassy hillside to a rocky knoll B8592918636 starE overlooking L. Nabruckan and then past a large cairn B8561218463 starF (Pt 453) on a rock strewn ridge. The mv listed co-ordinates B8570818248 starG lies some 200m further along at B8570818248 starG. However Pt 457 the OSI high point lies a further 100m away down a short incline and then up to a small but rounded, rock and grass covered knoll with a cairn. B8574718089 starH. Until one or other set of co-ordinates is determined as the top it is easy, in a few minutes, to cross both points. Route 2: Go further SE along the minor road to B846 167 starI above L. Caol. Park off road and go SE along a track around the N side of the lough and at it's end B850 163 starJ go NE (left) up the hillside for 1.7k to the top. For a looped walk use both routes, one up and the other down but note this requires 2k of road walking at finish. There are extensive views of the coastal scenery including the islands of Gola and Aranmore Linkback: Picture about mountain Grogan More (<i>An Grogán Mór</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Approaching Grogan More
A great appetizer for a day in the hills
by Harry Goodman  13 Aug 2010
I climbed this hill as the first top in a round of five, all of them for the first time, on 10 August 2010. I started from the church car park suggested by eflanga at B8387418575 starB. Just beyond the S end of the car park I took a track to the left up past a ruined building. After some 320 metres B8402518735 starC I turned up to the right along a narrow less distinct track, alongside a stream, and followed it up to the notch in the ridge B8415518796 starD. Once there I headed up SE along the gently rising hillside to a rocky knoll overlooking L Nabuckan B8592918636 starE and then continued up over rocky ground to a large cairn B8561218463 starF (Pt 453). From here there was still some 300 metres still to go along a broad rock strewn ridge to the top and for me, at first, a little confusion ! The current MV grid ref B8570818248 starG leads to a rocky up crop about 200 metres along the ridge from the cairn and my own GPS reading cofirmed this position. However Pt 457 marked on the map as the high point (top) of the hill is over 100 metres further along down a short incline and then up to a small but very distinct rounded grass and rock covered knoll with a cairn. My photo shows the knoll and was taken from the current MV grid reference point. The reading I took for the cairn at Pt 457 was B8574718089 starH. I will be interested if anyone else is of the same opinion. In the meantime an extra five minutes ensures a visit to both spots. The coastal scenery from the top is extensive from Errigal in the NW around past Bunbeg, the islands of Gola and Aranmore and then S to the Bluestacks. If the walk is only to Grogan More return by the route of ascent or go down SW to the N end of L Caol B8460016850 starK and once at the road turn right and follow it back to the car park. However my next objective was Crocknafarragh over 2.5k away to the SE. ( For route followed see my comments on Crocknafarragh) Linkback:
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Picture: West Donegal coastline from An Grogán Mór summit cairn
eflanaga on Grogan More, 2009
by eflanaga  4 May 2009
Ascended as part of a circuit taking in Crocknafarragh. The starting point for the walk was at IB 83874 18575 starB (Point A) (St Patrick’s Church). As you enter Croithlí (Crolly) take first left after filling station and before bridge/pub. Pass a quarry (left) on this narrow (waymarked) road before rounding a corner where you will see the church which is painted green. There is ample parking opposite. About 10 metres past end of the car park there is a track rising up on the left past small ruin. Take track, leaving it after about 120 metres & make for obvious gap in ridge. Here a fairly well worn path alongside stream will take you up onto height. Took bearing of 120SW up and over heather covered slope. Going relatively easy following sheep tracks. Emerged on height about 100m north of Loch Nabuckan. Decided to veer off course a little further north so as to approach An Grógan Mór summit along ridge. Cairn at IB85612 18463 and summit proper another 200m further on at IB85708 18248 Linkback:
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zeaphod on Grogan More, 2009
by zeaphod  3 May 2009
Visited this top both day and night as part of a recent ML course. Fairly unexceptional physically, but with superb views and a lot of wildlife. We saw several peregrines in the area, along with the (not so) common lizard and usual skylarks/pipits/frogs. The area appears to be ungrazed/unused by man and so has a really wild feel. There is some passable camping spots at the nearby lough. Of course you have to accept that some bog crossing will be required. Linkback:
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Picture: Lough Keel seen from the south
Great views on every compass point
by Colin Murphy  8 May 2023
If you want to do this in isolation, I suggest you park at B8460016850 starK and proceed NE up the heathery hillside, which is steepish in parts. The views from the summit to the east are stunning and almost as good looking west over Lough Keel, in fact in all directions! Linkback:
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