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Donegal NW Area   Derryveagh Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 73, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 12, 2, 6 
Highest place:
Errigal, 751m
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres,

Places in area Donegal NW:
Ballystrang 292mBrown Mountain 224mCark Mountain 364mCraigcannon 357mCroaghegly 245mCroaghmore 278mCrockmore 349mCrocknaneeve 155.9mCulliagh SE Top 369mEdenacarnan 192mGregory Hill 336mKnockalla 363mKnockbrin 259mLoughaskerry 252mLoughsalt Mountain 469mMeenavally 219mMoyle Hill 148mMoylemore (Owey Island) 102mSliabh an tSratha Greadaithe 285mToome 175m
Aranmore:   Cnoc an Iolair (Mullach Thiar) (Aranmore) 227m
Derryveagh Mountains:   Aghla Beg 563.9mAghla Beg (South) 602.3mAghla More 581.2mAn Cnoc Fada 485mAn Cnoc Glas 489mAn Eadarna Mhór 416mAn Grogán Mór 457mArdloughnabrackbaddy 472.5mBingorms 578mCnoc Bhealach Gaoithe 480mCnoc na Searrach 495mCró an Locháin 486mCró Bheithe 315mCrockawama 238mCrockfadda 529mCrockfadda E Top 454mCrockfadda North-East Top 502mCrockmulroney 430mCrocknafarragh 517mCrocknafarragh SE Top 470mCruach Leac Chonaill 266mCruach na Sagart 480mDooish 651.5mDooish South-East Top 553.9mDrumnalifferny Mountain 596mErrigal 751mMackoght 555mMaumlack 480mMuckish 667.1mNa Leargacha 470.6mSaggartnadooish 506.4mSaggartnadooish E Top 478.9mSlieve Snaght 678m
Derryveagh Mtns:   Dooish South-West Top 528mDrumnalifferny North-East Top 585m
Fanad:   Ballynabrocky Hill 152mCashelmore 149mCnoc na Boirne 227mDrumavohy Hill 153m
Glendowan Mountains:   Binswilly 337mCnoc an Stualaire 418mFarscallop 420.6mGartan Mountain 357mKinnaveagh 384mLeahanmore 442mMoylenanav 539m
Gweedore:   Carn Traonach 425mCnoc Fola 314mTaobh an Leithid 429m
Horn Head:   Croaghnamaddy 252m
Rosguill:   Cnoc na Sleá 163mGáinne Mór 207m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Errigal Mountain An Earagail A name in Irish
(Ir. An Earagail [DUPN], poss. 'oratory') County Highpoint of Donegal, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Whitish quarztite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 751m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 1 Grid Reference: B92826 20778
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Longitude: -8.112983, Latitude: 55.03434 , Easting: 192826, Northing: 420778 Prominence: 688m,  Isolation: 1.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 592777 920762,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Erigal, 10 char: Errigal
Bedrock type: Whitish quarztite with pebble beds, (Ards Quartzite Formation)

Errigal is well-known for the pinkish glow of its quartzite in the setting sun. It is located on the boundary of four townlands: Beltany Mountain, Dunlewy Near, Procklis, Money More. Despite the name, there are no known remains of an oratory. It may therefore be a metaphorical name for the mountain itself.   Errigal is the highest mountain in the Donegal NW area and the 77th highest in Ireland. Errigal is the highest point in county Donegal.

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yaffeo on Errigal, 2003
by yaffeo  27 Nov 2003
Lovely short walk. I have walked on several much higher mountains in other places in the world, and this one is surprisingly (to its height) rewarding. I climbed the mountain on a clear and very cold day last week and the views from the top are splendid. Don’t be frightened by occasional clouds on the summit as they come and go and in the breaks between clouds the panorama throughout west Donegal is awesome. On the way down the boggy land can be very slippery and one should be very careful in order not to find him/her self swimming in the mud.
In general, better signposting of the trailhead could be very helpful.
PS- this is a graet website, i wish i found it before my visit to ireland. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/759/
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Picture: Through the Keyhole on Errigal
Harry Goodman on Errigal, 2009
by Harry Goodman  14 Dec 2009
A traverse of Errigal from N to S is I believe one of the most rewarding ways to tackle Donegal's highest mountain taking in, as it does, the sharp and rocky north ridge. The walk which we took was a circular one starting at the car park ( B943197 A) below Errigal on the R251 and then crossing the tops of Mackogt, Beaghy and Agla More on the outward part of the circuit, before descending NW down the shoulder of Agla More to the road at Procklis at the N end of Altan Lough B936254 B B. The latter climb can be avoided and the walk shortened by following the NE edge of Altan Lough around to the road at Procklis. This is where the N to S traverse of Errigal begins and is a good starting point for a linear walk if there is access to two cars. If the out flow from the Lough is such as to make crossing difficult, by using the large stepping stones, it may be necessary to follow the river N to where it goes under a road bridge at B937261 C. From B936254 B B we went left along the road and at B933252 D turned left on to a track and headed due S. At the end of this track we continued on up to a high, flat, stony shoulder before tackling the steep rocky ridge to the summit. On the way up we passed through "the Keyhole" an interesting circular opening on the path up through the rocks (see photo). Once at the summit we continued S across one man's path over the lesser top before going down the ridge and back to the car park. A most enjoyable day out with very good visability and no wind. If a circular route is the only option and Errigal is the only Mountain one wishes to tackle, it is of course possible to walk NW along the R251 to B953205 E and take the Altan Lough Track down to the Lough and then follow the edge of the Lough around to Procklis. This route is part of the Dunlewy to Falcarragh section of the Donegal extension to the Ulster Way and a rewarding walk in its own right Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/4291/
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Picture: The Death Defing Ridge
 
Climbing alone in Hurricane Katia (Scary)
by Samo  1 Oct 2011
I climbed Mt.Errigal on 12/09/11 contending with the remnants of hurricane Katia. Probably the craziest thing I've ever done (and that's saying something!) especially as I did it alone. I'm pretty certain I was the only lunatic to climb the mountain this day. It was no suprise that I didn't see any other walkers on my climb. There were winds of up to 76mph recorded around Northern Ireland that day, but they would have been recorded at lower levels. I would love to know what the wind speed was at the summit of Errigal because it was noticably more powerful up there. The mountain was shrouded in mist and cloud so visibility was poor.

I had been planning to climb it on this day for a few months and was returning to London the next day so couldn't postpone it and I wasn't going to let a little wind ruin my day! I set off from the car park across some really boggy heathland. It had rained everyday for the week I was in N.Ireland and today was no different. I thought about calling it off as I had already stepped into a bog almost knee deep and my feet were muddy and drenched - but didn't want to quit so soon, so onwards I climbed! The gusts of winds increased in strength as I reached the scree part of the mountain, not only was I walking uphill, I was walking into 80mph+ head winds which made it more tiring. I had to drop to the floor and hug the ground every time a strong gust pushed me.

I began to realise how dangerous this really was. When I got to the ridge near the top (pictured) that dropped off both sides, I sat on the ground for a few miutes clinging to a boulder and seriously thought about turning back, even though I was only 25m from the summit. The wind was howling constantly from left to right over the ridge and I knew one gust could push me over and I would be a gonner. I had come to far to turn back though and Im not ashamed to say I crawled over the ridge on all fours. Yes, I made it, I stayed at the top only long enough to take a picture of myself as I was tired, wet, freezing and aching. I crawled back over the ridge and started my descent which felt more dangerous than the climb as the wind was now pushing me in the back as well as gravity pulling me down. The gusts were forcing me to run and knocking me off my feet, literally. Lots more floor hugging on the way down.

At only 750 meters, the conditions made it harder than mountains I've climbed at over 4000m but a great sense achievement was felt once I got back to the safety of the car. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/6514/
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Picture: Halloween - Brocken Spectre seen from top of Errigal.
Daithi2004 on Errigal, 2009
by Daithi2004  2 Nov 2009
Climbed 31-10-2009 - Halloween. Out with The Wee Binnians Walkers, we started at Lough Altan track. It was raining (drizzle). We walked to Altan Farm and we admired the view of Altan Lough. Then climbed Beaghy and Mackoght. We had a lovely lunch below Errigal. Spectacular views as the weather began to improve. Errigal had a clear top. The climb was hard but rewarding. I have climbed Errigal before but it was always had cloud cover but not today. In fact, cloud was coming over and I thought, typical. As we got to the top, one of our members screamed with excitement and as I look down, I saw what the excitement was about. It was a Brocken Spectre. My very first sighting of this phenomenon. It was amazing and spiritual experience. It was like an apparition. Remember, it was Halloween which I thought was appropriate. It lasted for about 15 minutes. We took a lot photos. After that great experience, we came of Errrigal, down the scree and the muddy terrain and back to the car park below and walked the 4 km back to the Hostel. It was the talk in the pub later that night. Great Day. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/4251/
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zeaphod on Errigal, 2004
by zeaphod  1 Jul 2004
The scree on the upper path has become ground down to quite small pieces in the past few years, making it treacherous in wet conditions. Best walked in a round with Beaghy and Mackoght, making a short but rewarding approx 10k walk. Start at the Lough Altan track, then head for Beaghy from it's highest point (v.boggy if wet). Head almost straight for Mackought then Errigal, return via col and back to the elbow in the Altan track. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/1010/
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Picture: Arriving at the summit
 
Old people on top
by Alaskan  4 Jun 2011
The outsole of my boot lasted a half hour and never made it out of the bog. From there to the summit and back it flapped antagonistically, attached only at the toe, nastily preferring to coil itself beneath my foot, particularly where the footing tended toward the treacherous. And having forgotten her hiking glasses, my wife entertained herself on the ascent watching the ground jump and leap through her bifocals. At least the trail didn't have the lithic ball bearings of Croagh Patrick, steep though it was for her 71-year-old legs. But from bog to summit, her grin never faltered. After two and a half hours, she scrambled the last little bit to the top, trying pointedly to ignore the sides of the trail that went down way too fast for her liking. Having called her best friend from the summit, we descended, something she enjoyed very much through her bifocal lenses. Or at least that is what she said. Later, looking at the view of the mountain from across Dunlewy Lough, she wondered how she'd ever managed to get up there. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/6370/
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