Errigal 751m mountain, Donegal NW Derryveagh Mountains Donegal Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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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: 55.034349 , Easting: 192826, Northing: 420778 Prominence: 688m,  Isolation: 1.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 592777 920763,   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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Picture: Altan Lough and Aghla More from Errigal
 
paulocon on Errigal, 2009
by paulocon  7 Oct 2009
Quite simply, a superb mountain! This was one mountain I'd been longing to climb since getting into hill walking just over a year ago. Having done Sawel earlier in the day, I'd hoped that the drive to Dunlewy would see the worst of the high overnight winds die down as forecast. Arriving in Dunlewy, there was no sign of this happening as the wind lapped up off the Lough.



Seeing some cars in the carpark at the foot of the mountain, I kitted myself up and nervously started the climb. The lady working in the Dunlewy Centre had told me they'd had heavy rain for the past 2 days and it seemed that most of this had been dumped on the bog which marks the initial part of the climb. The bog quickly leads to scree sclopes and the beginning of the real fun. In conditions I'd not experienced before, you could hear the gusts of wind coming before they'd hit you giving a couple of seconds to brace yourself. I had to crouch down a few times on some of the more exposed sections of the ridge towards the top - particularly the part after the shelter and I spent most of the short time I spent on the summit of Donegal sat on my backside. I'd read that one man's pass can be dangerous in high winds and being alone, I decided not to risk it.. it would give me a reason to return to the mountain. Apart from the wind, the conditions were perfect with high visibility offering superb panaromic views - it really feels like the top of the world on Errigal's tiny summit (does anyone know of a smaller summit?)



Met some more brave/foolhardy souls on the descent which can be tricky in places especially on the lower part of the scree. A terrifying yet exhiliarting experience - there is no doubt that you get a real appreciation of the force of nature when being buffeted by the wind on the summit. One of Ireland's iconic mountains and rightly so in my opinon (think there was a discussion about this some time back).. just can't wait to climb it again!! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/4176/
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Picture: Spectacular view south from Errigal summit to the Poisoned Glen and Slieve Snaght
what a mountain!
by slemish  13 Jul 2011
Very occasionally in this part of Donegal you get one of those long, hot summer days where the mountains seem a much less threatening place than on a cold, wet day with low cloud. I wasn't planning on climbing Errigal yesterday as I had already climbed 2 tops earlier in the day but the weather was so good and I had waited many years for an opportunity to climb this mountain so I grabbed it. I took the standard tourist route up from the car park on the R251. Keeping 30m or so to the right of the stream is a much less boggy affair than the eroded path. Once you reach the second stone cairn head immediately for the scree slope of Errigal. Once onto the solid rock I found the going quite easy with only a little scrambling required. I reached the 751m summit after only an hour. I had the summit to myself which is just as well as there is literally only room for one person to stand. There wasn't a breath of wind at all up there and I was able to stay in short sleeves for the entire climb. In the late evening sunshine the views were incredible. I could easily make out the Sawel-Dart ridge in the Sperrins to the SE and Benbulbin in Sligo to the SW. However the view south over Dunlewy Lough and the Poisoned Glen up to the bizarrely-shaped Slieve Snaght is one I will never forget. To me Slieve Snaght looked like the head of a king cobra or even perhaps a Sphinx (see photo). The view north was equally good over the high Derryveagh ridge to the Aghlas and Muckish. The lack of wind made the one-man's path to the second summit easy. I spent a good fifteen minutes enjoying the views before heading back by the same route to the car. I met two lads on the way down who had approached from Muckish Gap (!) and were on their fifth summit of the day. I eventually reached the car park feeling tired but immensely satisfied at conquering Errigal - the highest mountain I have climbed so far and only the third over 2000 ft. Total trip up and down - about 1 hr 40 mins. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/6410/
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Picture: Quartzite glows pink
 
Evening Glow
by wicklore  13 Apr 2014
An evening view of the whole Errigal-Aghla ridge of hills, taken from the new Binnion hill to the north, Crocknaneeve Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/15997/
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by magicstep  11 Jun 2017
Choose a clear day as the views are magnificent. Can get busy on weekends.
For the first part of a climb avoid the wet bog and follow a stream on the right.
Errigal can be climbed from two sides. The eastern side (behind right on the picture) is common and easier. The northern (left side on picture) has an interesting arch, a needle eye that you can walk through. I did not climb that side but descended a couple of hundred metres from the top to see that arch. It's easy to spot it, just follow the path. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/19553/
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Picture: Summit
 
dmcdonag on Errigal, 2009
by dmcdonag  5 May 2009
During the snowy weather in February we decided to tackle Errigal on a Saturday morning. Headed out from Letterkenny after slip-sliding through the iced up estate and picked up the rest of the crew. The R251by Glenveagh National Park was surprisingly clear of snow with only some patches to slow down on. But the mountains looked spectacular. There's something about a covering of snow that completely changes the character of a mountain.
Parked up at the car park at the base of Erriagl and couldn't believe that there were only 2 other cars there ahead of us. Uncrowded mountain, snow and blue skies what could be better?
Errigal is a great mountin to climb in the winter for a few reasons. 1) no midges!, 2) the boggy lower flanks tend to be frozen solid which makes for a much more pleasant / dry climb, 3) the views from the top when the air is crisp are spectacular.
Half way up when you reach the stoney path on the saddle looking at the Northeast face of the mountain I took a reading. -2 degrees, gusting wind to 30mph and a windchill of -12. Lovely day to be out walking. Path was very slippy, encrusted with a thick layer of ice which required a bit more concentration than usual. Stopping to take photos on the way and admire the views as they unfolded, the ascent took a bit longer than normal. But on a day like this it's not about getting to the top and back down and saying "I climbed Errigal today." Today it's about climbing Errigal and remembering the amount of snow. the tickness of the ice, the clarity of the views, the feeling of achievement, all the emotions that make a day like today more memorable than any other day I've climbed Errigal. A perfect winter's day.
At the summit stood around for a while taking photos, naming the other summits, and pondering the conditions. Rumours were that the miners track on Muckish was in spectacular winter condition. Any reports? Decided to head down after a warming cup of hot chocolate and a bagel. Descending through the snow rather than the icy path was both the safer and more enjoyable option. Reached the car park again after about 2.5hours. A short but memorable day. Check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/donegal_daragh/ for more photos of the day. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/3748/
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Picture: Looking south to the Poison Glen
Amazing Views
by Aidy  20 Jun 2014
Magnificent mountain. I had been saving it for a clear day, and was glad I did when I saw the views. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/17510/
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