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

Places in area Donegal NW:
An Cnoc Mór 349mAn Mhaoil Mhór (Owey Island) 102mBallystrang 292mBrown Mountain 224mCark Mountain 364mCnoc Colbha 363mCnoc na Naomh 155.9mCraigcannon 357mCroaghegly 245mCroaghmore 278mCulliagh SE Top 369mEdenacarnan 192mGregory Hill 336mKnockbrin 259mLoughaskerry 252mLoughsalt Mountain 469mMoyle Hill 148mSliabh an tSratha Greadaithe 285mTroscshliabh 175m
Aranmore:   Cnoc an Iolair (mullach thiar) (Aranmore) 227m
Derryveagh:   Drumnalifferny Far NE Top 535m
Derryveagh Mountains:   An Cnoc Fada 485mAn Cnoc Fada 529mAn Cnoc Fada (mullach thoir thuaidh) 502mAn Cnoc Fada (mullach thoir) 454mAn Cnoc Glas 489mAn Dubhais 651.5mAn Dubhais (mullach thiar theas) 528mAn Dubhais (mullach thoir theas) 553.9mAn Eachla Bheag 563.9mAn Eachla Bheag (mullach theas) 602.3mAn Eachla Mhór 581.2mAn Eadarna Mhór 416mAn Earagail 751mAn Grogán Mór 457mAn Mhucais 667.1mArd Loch na mBreac Beadaí 472.5mCnoc Bhealach Gaoithe 480mCnoc na bhFaircheach 517mCnoc na bhFaircheach (mullach thoir theas) 470mCnoc na Searrach 495mCnoc Uí Mhaolruanaidh 430mCró an Locháin 486mCró Bheithe 315mCrockawama 238mCruach Leac Chonaill 266mCruach na Sagart 480mMac Uchta 555mMám an Leaca 480mNa Beanna Gorma 578mNa Leargacha 470.6mSagart na Dubhaise 506.4mSaggartnadooish East Top 478.9mSliabh Dhroim na Luifearnaí 596mSliabh Dhroim na Luifearnaí (mullach thoir thuaidh) 585mSliabh Sneachta 678m
Fanad:   Cashelmore 149mCnoc na Boirne 227mCnoc na dTeannála 152mDroim an Bhothaigh 153m
Glendowan Mountains:   Binswilly 337mCionn Bheatha 384mCnoc an Stualaire 418mFarscallop 420.6mGartan Mountain 357mLeahanmore 442mMaol na nDamh 539m
Gweedore:   Carn Traonach 425mCnoc Fola 314mTaobh an Leithid 429m
Horn Head:   Croaghnamaddy 252m
Rosguill:   Cnoc na Sleá 163mGáinne Mór 207m

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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 Donegal NW area and the 77th highest in Ireland. An Earagail is the highest point in county Donegal.

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Picture: Through the Keyhole on Errigal
 
Harry Goodman on An Earagail, 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. 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 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 Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/4291/
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gerrym on An Earagail, 2005
by gerrym  26 Nov 2005
Climbed 21.11.05 basing the route on that in David Hermans excellent Hillwalkers Donegal (an essential read for anyone walking in Donegal). Parked beside Procklis Lough (936256 F) where three herons were doing a spot of fishing. Followed the road S and took the rough track heading towards the distant Errigal. As rise Atlan Lough and the steep flank of Aghla More comes into better view. An hour brought me to some steeper climbing to reach the scree covered apron at the base of the climb to the summit. This only left around 1000 ft but my legs had renewed vigour with the prospect of what was to come. There is a short stiff climb over scree until reach more solid rock, which is rapidly on its way to becoming the scree below. I had a clear blue sky for company, with a constant procession of transatlantic jets making thier way to and from America. The climb brought me to a delightful "window" of rock followed by some scrambling to reach the summit, where I emerged from the shadows into brilliant sunshine and brilliant views onto the two tops of Errigal. The 2.5 hours were well worth the vista of loughs and hills, light and shade, brown and blue. Within view I had misty valleys, dark rock rising from a spectral ocean and sharply defined high ground covering Donegal and beyond. I could easily see the Bluestacks, Slievetooey, Slieve League and beyond to the sharp nose of Benbulbin. In the immediate vicinity the deep void of the Poisoned Glen was in drak shadow and looked a foreboding place. The descent was pretty straightforward, might not be too great in wet weather. I continued to Macknoght and then over the three Aghlas and back to the car at Procklis Lough. It felt absolutely fantastic to be at the top of Errigal in November, wearing short sleeves in the sunshine and having such a spectacular amount of varied and interesting landscape laid out before me. I met only one other person on this walk - walk during the week! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/2067/
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eoin on An Earagail, 2003
by eoin  4 Mar 2003
From the road on the south side the ascent is a little boggy at the bottom (stay to the right of the river until you get close to the base). The rest of the route is straightforward, well-worn and rocky up to a small cairn and memorial to Joey Glover. The final ridge narrows to a small summit with a second summit (1 metre lower!!) across an exposed path 20 metres away. This peak is often cloud covered but I've done it dozens of times over the years and it is always inspiring (views or not). It is a short walk - straight up and back down (1.5 hours) but there are several variations and approaches with a little investigation of the map and depending on your love for steep ground! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/363/
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skyehigh on An Earagail, 2005
by skyehigh  21 Mar 2005
On a perfect day in July 2004, I patiently endured the rough and peaty northern approach to reach the foot of the north ridge. An unavoidable fan of scree seems to threaten a purgatorial ascent, but surprisingly quickly the scree thins out revealing solid ground underfoot. The rest of the climb is a delight, with optional scrambling and ever-widening views. After a brief encounter with the crowds on the popular ascent route, I completed a rewarding circuit over Mackoght and Beaghy (a place to linger in the afternoon sun), tracking a stream as the line of least resistance down to Altan Lough. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/1560/
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yaffeo on An Earagail, 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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/759/
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Peat hags, scree slopes, scary paths and an awesome mountain!
by simongray12190  14 Mar 2016
The route starts from the car park on the main road and dives straight into heavy bog land. We made our way through peat hag after peat hag, through soggy patches and the odd stepping stone. We spooked a couple of red grouse and then finally made it to the base of the scree where the climb becomes much easier. The path up remains steep until the very last stretches and seems to get narrower the further you get up it until you reach the "one mans path" where it really is narrow! This stretch is really impressive and makes for one of the more exciting summits in the north of the island. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/18459/
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