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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
 
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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
 
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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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Alibaba on Errigal, 2004
by Alibaba  30 May 2004
Climbed Errigal from the tourist track on 29/5/04, Wonderful day out. The route was quite short to my surprise as the mountain looks very high from the approach road. Would definatley pop up top again. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/975/
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Picture: Looking back at Errigal's summit and ridge
 
murphysw on Errigal, 2007
by murphysw  4 Jun 2007
Last Thursday between rainstorms I headed up Errigal. Parked at the car park which is roughly at B935195 starA. Although its handy to park the car, the car park has turned into an awful tip head. I walked up through the gap in the car park wall but this part has become very soggy, probably due to overuse. On the way down I kept a hundred metres or so to the west, and the ground was actually much dryer and springy. The views all round on the climb are superb, definitely one of our top mountains! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/2725/
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Great climb for wee people
by bandre  18 Jul 2011
We climbed Errigal on a beautiful July morning when we had stunning views over this entire north-west corner of Ireland. The opening kilometre from the carpark is a bit of a slog on any day. The terrain is boggy here and we encountered more than a few discarded shoes in the muddiest section. But if you persevere you wil reach a proper stony path that rises steeply in a couple of places - this is a welcome respite from the bog but you start to notice how unstable it can be as well as the shale can be easily dislodged underfoot - especially when hiking with a baby carrier. However, in general Errigal is a manageable enough climb. Our four year old made it to the top and back and had great fun making it over the arrets leading to the summit.
A dip in nearby Bunclody bay is your post-climb reward. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/6415/
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