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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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Doug Lane on Errigal, 2003
by Doug Lane  1 Sep 2003
My first 500m mountain outside of Wicklow. It wasn't particularly interesting getting there, seeing as the car park is right at the foot of the mountain, but it is more than worth the trip for the view. I particularly enjoyed the change in terrain from the Wicklow mountains. Steep ground, narrow paths, scree fields and a bit of vertigo at the top all combined to make Errigal a memorable, if short, experience. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/628/
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Dan on Errigal, 2005
by Dan  26 Jun 2005
Been up twice, but neither time by the tourist path. Tourist path is handier for descent. Last time I climbed it I went up by the scree slopes on the south west face. Makes for a much more interesting climb. Started out from B 915 201 A and headed up the scree slopes from here. Aimed for the red chute you can see coming down from the saddle between the two peaks. The climbing looks a lot steeper than it actually is. When you reach this area of red rock and mud near the top its best not to climb straight up it (as I tried to at first), but scramble around the edge of the rock spur to your left. If climbing with others care is needed to be sure you dont send loose rock flying down onto your partners. Also worth it for the expressions on peoples face when you reach the top as you claw your way over the last few rocks!!! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/1777/
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youngjohn on Errigal, 2009
by youngjohn  12 Jul 2009
Climbed Errigal 0ver 20 years ago. As we ascended through the cloud it decended leaving us, a party of four, sitting on an Island in the clouds until Muckish and the Bluestack and GlenColmcille joined us. What views, truly beautiful, a climb worth doing. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/3933/
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A memorable mountain
by darrenf  22 Sep 2010
What trip to Donegal would be complete without a visit to Errigal Mountain.....We broadly follwed the route as described by Wicklore and parked at the carpark at B942 197 B. This carpark is not shown on sheet 1, my copy anyway, but rest assured there is room for plenty of cars in the carpark and also along the road outside.

As mentioned in previous posts the going from the carpark along the track is boggy underfoot and on our visit we found it particularly soft. There is a track which has also emerged along the right hand side of the river, and while it appears that this is indeed not as boggy, the erosion is already clearly visible. Best sticking to the one main track and strap on the gaitors.

Relief does soon arrive in the form of a gravel track which now snakes up Errigal. The gravel track soon turns to scree and shingle and continues on the ascent. Its a pleasant climb with great views in all directions, notably across Altan Lough and Aghla More. The track at this point can be quite steep in places. At the summit spectacular views are on offer and the effort is equally rewarded. From the summit one gets a true sense of how steeply the mountain drops away at either side. There was quite a breeze on the summit which brought a chill to the air. There are also two small peaks along the summit ridge which are joined by a narrow path, with pink quartzite veins running either side of the path to the valley floor below.

I imagine Errigal is one of those unique mountians which could be climbed time and time again while never tiring of the splendid views. A very short but memorable bag. The picture below shows the narrow path along the ridge of Errigal, with the steep walls of the crags around The Poisoned Glen visible to the right and Lough Croloughan visible to the left. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/6105/
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kendogbaggio on Errigal, 2005
by kendogbaggio  29 Jan 2005
Climbed it with two friends on 16/01/2005. Very cloudy day as you can see from the picture below. Winds were gusting to about 30mph that day so the cloud was lifting and then just coming straight back down again without warning! Good adventure, Good Mountain and a Great Climb! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/1449/
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scannerman on Errigal, 2008
by scannerman  28 Aug 2008
climbed errigal a couple of years ago in bad weather, two friends turned back halfway after the wind got too strong, i kept climbing and reached the top an hour or so later, a cloud decended just as i reached the summit and i couldnt see a thing, the wind got so high it threatened to throw me off, my friends afterwards told me they watched me climb into a cloud and were genuinely concerned.
i managed to get down without any problems although the wind speed was pretty frightening a couple of times when i was passing airy drops.
nice mountain though Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/3273/
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