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Derryveagh Mountains Area   Cen: Errigal Subarea
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Errigal Mountain An Earagail A name in Irish Ir. An Earagail [DUPN], poss. 'oratory’ or ‘secluded spot’ [PDT]. County Highpoint of Donegal in Ulster Province, 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: B92825 20777
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Longitude: -8.113014, Latitude: 55.034304 , Easting: 192825, Northing: 420777 Prominence: 688m,  Isolation: 1.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 592775 920758,   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. Alternatively, it may originally be a Brittonic name akin to Welsh argel ‘hiding-place, refuge, secluded spot’. Old Irish has a cognate word airchel, ‘lurking place’, but the -g- in Earagail would be more consistent with the Brittonic form.   An Earagail is the highest mountain in the Derryveagh Mountains area and the 77th highest in Ireland. An Earagail is the highest point in county Donegal.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Errigal (<i>An Earagail</i>) in area Derryveagh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Errigal from the summit of Mackoght
 
Iconic quartzite summit dominating the view in the North West.
Short Summary created by simon3, CaptainVertigo, jackill, Harry Goodman  6 Oct 2012
Park in the car park at B94291 19734 A.From the car park corner you can follow a wet track on either side of the stream up to the col between Errigal and Mackoght. Just after a large cairn at B94151 20379 B turn left and follow a now rocky track up Errigal. The path is narrow and steep in places but never dangerously so. There are two summits which appear to the eye to be about the same height however the first, more easterly top, is the accepted high point on the mountain. As these twin rocky caps are only about 30 - 40 metres apart it is very easy to continue along the short "one man's path"to the second top. It is also possible to climb Errigal from the north (see super gerrym vid on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvH0QJjLeOg&feature=youtu.be) by parking near Procklis at B933252 C on the minor road which runs south from Falcarragh and taking the track due south. At the end of the track continue on up the hillside to a high flat stony shoulder before tackling the steep rocky ridge to the summit. On the way up there is an interesting circular opening on the path through the rocks known as "the keyhole". Return with care by way of ascent or if two cars are available complete a linear walk by descending from the summit down the ridge and then steep stony track to the car park at B9429119734 A..
On a clear day the views towards Muckish,Tory Island, Bloody Foreland, Slieve Snaght are truly amongst the best in Ireland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/4836/
 
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Sacred view
by mcrtchly  17 Jan 2020
The iconic Church of the Sacred Heart in Dunlewey, County Donegal, nestled at the foot of the county’s quartzite giant, Errigal, frosted white with recent snow and catching the dying rays of the winter sun. Completed in 1877, this wee church built in the Hiberno-Romanesque style, was designed by architect Timothy Hevey and built by James McAdorey from Belfast. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/20740/
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Picture: Errigal from the Devlin Gorge
 
Last of the winter snow
by mcrtchly  6 Apr 2018
A snow-capped Errigal rises above the Devlin River gorge filled with naked oak trees, as seen from the ascent route to Slieve Snaght. This is a spot we've had our eye on for a few years since discovering it while hillwalking and it appears on our 2015 "Wild Ireland" Derryveagh video. We wanted a winter shot with snow on Donegal's highest mountain, moody grey skies and some light in the foreground to bring out the rich russet tones of the moorland. After several attempts, and during what must surely be the last of this winter's snow, we finally got the shot we were looking for! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/19882/
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Picture: Snowy scenery from atop Errigal
The Monarch of the Moor
by mcrtchly  4 Jan 2021
A winter view from atop Errigal over Lough Altan and the Aglas is worth climb in icy conditions Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/21988/
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Picture: View at the top of Errigal
 
-Fantastic Views
by paddyobpc  24 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 20 Jun 2016. While on holidays in Donegal we watched for an opportunity to climb Errigal. The weather was generally good but Errigal often has a cloud at the top. Rachel, Dillon(dillonkdy) and I started the walk to the summit of Errigal after 4 PM on a lovely summers afternoon. We did a bit of ziz/zag again to avoid the worst of the boggy parts at the start and soon enough we were on a much drier and stony surface as we started to climb. We had great visibility and there was no problem with working out where to go all the way to the top. Errigal offers fantastic views in all directions, Lough Altan on one side and views over Dunlewy lough and beyond on the other. After a few photos we headed back down to the car park on the R251 where we started. This route took us about 2.5 Hrs climbing a height of 475m and a distance of 4.5 Km up and back.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/18817/
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Pink Super Moon
by mcrtchly  5 May 2021
Pink Super Moon sets close to Errigal and Mackoght, viewed from Lough Salt, April 2021 Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/23063/
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