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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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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:
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Picture: On the top
Hiking in snow
by Q35on  7 Mar 2020
I went to Mount Errigal at 27.02.2020. It was a perfect day for hiking because the sky was blue and the mountain was covered with snow. I started around 4 pm from the car park on the main road and I was on the summit around 5:30. The view from the top was awesome as always and I had Errigal for myself. That was my 7th time on this summit but probably the best one because of the snow. I will definitely be back. Linkback:
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paulbrown on Errigal, 2007
by paulbrown  26 Mar 2007
I climbed Errigal on Sat 24th March 2007. A beautiful, sunny, clear blue sky day greeted me at the parking area just ouside Dunlewy. Looking up towards the summit I noticed approx. 10 - 12 other climbers descending or still at the top. The start of the climb was very soft and boggy, boots and gators are recommended, but quickly changed to rock and scree. It is a short (50 mins approx) but exillerating climb with narrow tracks overlooking what has to be one of the most magnificent views of Glenveagh National Park,Dunlewy Lake and townland,The Poisin Glen, Lough Altan and the remaining Derryveagh Mountains. There are two peaks on Errigal with a narrow ridge track from one to the other, could be dodgy on a blustery day. After a few minutes taking in the sights, I descended carefully down through the scree. Care should be taken especially if there are others ascending as loose stones and scree are common. I found that if you kep to the left of the river near the bottom you will miss a most of the mucky,boot sucking bog holes. This is a walk that most people will find memorable as long as vertigo is not an issue when near the summit. Linkback:
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Picture: Errigal reflected and compared.
simon3 on Errigal, 2005
by simon3  17 Sep 2005
Although crouched under Errigal, Dunlewy Lough still provided this reflection of Errigal one September day. Linkback:
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paulr50 on Errigal, 2005
by paulr50  28 Jan 2005 Linkback:
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skyehigh on Errigal, 2005
by skyehigh  21 Mar 2005
A view of Beaghy and Mackoght from the shore of Altan Lough, on the last stage of my northerly circuit of Errigal (fitter climbers would continue over the Aghla group!) Linkback:
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