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Donegal NW Area   Derryveagh Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 66, OSI/LPS Maps: 1, 10, 11, 2, 6 
Highest place:
Errigal, 751m
Maximum height for area: 751 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres,

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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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Climbed 31-10-2009 - Halloween. Out with The Wee .. by Daithi2004   (Show all for An Earagail)
 
The scree on the upper path has become ground dow .. by zeaphod   (Show all for An Earagail)
 
The 'pink glow' of the quartzite .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Earagail)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain An Earagail in area Donegal NW, Ireland
Picture: The Death Defing Ridge
 
Climbing alone in Hurricane Katia (Scary)
by Samo  1 Oct 2011
I climbed Mt.Errigal on 12/09/11 contending with the remnants of hurricane Katia. Probably the craziest thing I've ever done (and that's saying something!) especially as I did it alone. I'm pretty certain I was the only lunatic to climb the mountain this day. It was no suprise that I didn't see any other walkers on my climb. There were winds of up to 76mph recorded around Northern Ireland that day, but they would have been recorded at lower levels. I would love to know what the wind speed was at the summit of Errigal because it was noticably more powerful up there. The mountain was shrouded in mist and cloud so visibility was poor.

I had been planning to climb it on this day for a few months and was returning to London the next day so couldn't postpone it and I wasn't going to let a little wind ruin my day! I set off from the car park across some really boggy heathland. It had rained everyday for the week I was in N.Ireland and today was no different. I thought about calling it off as I had already stepped into a bog almost knee deep and my feet were muddy and drenched - but didn't want to quit so soon, so onwards I climbed! The gusts of winds increased in strength as I reached the scree part of the mountain, not only was I walking uphill, I was walking into 80mph+ head winds which made it more tiring. I had to drop to the floor and hug the ground every time a strong gust pushed me.

I began to realise how dangerous this really was. When I got to the ridge near the top (pictured) that dropped off both sides, I sat on the ground for a few miutes clinging to a boulder and seriously thought about turning back, even though I was only 25m from the summit. The wind was howling constantly from left to right over the ridge and I knew one gust could push me over and I would be a gonner. I had come to far to turn back though and Im not ashamed to say I crawled over the ridge on all fours. Yes, I made it, I stayed at the top only long enough to take a picture of myself as I was tired, wet, freezing and aching. I crawled back over the ridge and started my descent which felt more dangerous than the climb as the wind was now pushing me in the back as well as gravity pulling me down. The gusts were forcing me to run and knocking me off my feet, literally. Lots more floor hugging on the way down.

At only 750 meters, the conditions made it harder than mountains I've climbed at over 4000m but a great sense achievement was felt once I got back to the safety of the car. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/76/comment/6514/
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Old people on top .. by Alaskan   (Show all for An Earagail)
 
Donegal a High Point .. by BleckCra   (Show all for An Earagail)
 
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