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South Donegal & West Tyrone Area , N: Drumonny Subarea
Feature count in area: 9, by county: Donegal: 6, Tyrone: 3, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 12, 17, 18
Highest Place: Croaghnameal 438m

Starting Places (4) in area South Donegal & West Tyrone:
Bolaght Road, Dooish NE, Drumquin Substation, Sloughan Glen

Summits & other features in area South Donegal & West Tyrone:
Cen: Pettigo: Crockkinnagoe 361m, Meenseefin 280m
E: Omagh West: Bolaght Mountain 345m, Dooish 340m, Pollnalaght 293m
N: Drumonny: Croaghmeen 401m, Croaghnameal 438m
S: Belleek: Breesy Hill 258m
W: Laghey: Oughtarnid 271m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Croaghmeen, 401m Hill An Chruach Mhín A name in Irish,
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, Donegal County in Ulster province, in Carn Lists, Croaghmeen is the second highest hill in the South Donegal & West Tyrone area and the 944th highest in Ireland. Croaghmeen is the most northerly summit in the South Donegal & West Tyrone area.
Grid Reference H03036 80475, OS 1:50k mapsheet 11
Place visited by: 19 members, recently by: conormcbandon, eamonoc, LorraineG60, MichaelG55, madfrankie, sandman, chalky, Garmin, dr_banuska, Fergalh, deemcbride, Aidy, Harry Goodman, mark-rdc, BogRunner
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -7.953724, Latitude: 54.672356, Easting: 203036, Northing: 380475, Prominence: 106m,  Isolation: 1.4km
ITM: 602984 880468
Bedrock type: Quartz & feldspar pebbles, green matrix, (Lough Mourne Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg699, 10 char: Croaghmeen

Gallery for Croaghmeen (An Chruach Mhín) and surrounds
Summary for Croaghmeen (An Chruach Mhín): Laboured walk to a nondescript top.
Summary created by Harry Goodman 2013-10-15 16:07:52
   picture about Croaghmeen (<em>An Chruach Mhín</em>)
Picture: View across to Croaghmeen from Croaghnameal
Park near a farm A (H00755 79144) where the surfaced road ends and continues on as a stone and gravel forestry track. Follow it straight ahead passing around a metal entrance gate and some 2.5 km along at B (H03011 79723) note a wide but rough track going off to the left (NE). Follow this up and be prepared for a 1km walk over a very boggy, deeply rutted and uneven surface made more difficult by frequent patches of branch debris left over from forestry workings. Progress will be slow. Eventually the track clears the forest and come out onto a grassy slope which leads up to the col C (H03870 80200) between Croaghmeen and Croaghnameal. The high point on Croaghmeen lies to the NW. Go initially up a steep but short grassy slope and then continue across a wide expanse of relatively flat open moorland of peat hags and long grass. The top is unmarked, nondescript and lies within a small almost imperceptible 400m ring contour at D (H03037 80473). The walk out and back is 8.5km with 5km on a good flat forest track. A walk to this hill can be combined with one to Croaghnameal by climbing up to the top from the col between the two hills at C (H03870 80200) and descending by the ascent route described in the short summary for Croaghnameal, a round of just over 10km.
Member Comments for Croaghmeen (An Chruach Mhín)

   picture about Croaghmeen (<em>An Chruach Mhín</em>)
Picture: Croaghmeen from south
gerrym on Croaghmeen
by gerrym 3 May 2009
Croagmeen is part of the low range of hills to the south of the Barnesmore Gap, a bleak and remote area with the main Bluestacks to the north and heavy forest bordering to the east and south. Started from Barnesmore Gap, visiting Cruach Eoghanach first and getting a birds eye view of the expanse of hills and loughs.

Dropped down past Lough Napaste and to the slopes of the neatly hidden Croaghonagh lough (E (H036 846)). Contoured around to meet the fast flowing stream flowing from lough Namaddy - all these loughs were useful navagational aids as u can tell. A short climb brought the first of the wind turbines of Barnesmore Windfarm (run by Scottish Renewables, with the same signage as that at Colin Top in the Antrim Hills). This was fittingly cold and grey to go with the leaden sky and bleak landscape. Followed the rough gravel track winding through the widely spaced gaggle of turbines (24 in all) to reach the sizeable jigsaw pieced lough Golagh. The track skirts the lough but i followed its shore east, enjoying the peaceful waters - no fish but no midges either!

There is a whole lotta forest to the east towards the foothills of the Sperrins as reach an electric substation converting all the power of the wind and carrying it away to be used by us civilised people. Reach the southern tip of lough Slug (F (H031 818)) and the track bends south to reach the slopes of Croaghmeen - a low hill with a distinctive bump, actual top another bump further back. Nearly dark so had to wait til morning for views as set up camp beside nice little lough just below top. Some 6.5 miles and three hours of walking to reach here.

PS views are fine - taking in high Bluestacks to north, low lying civilisation reaching to coast to west and the large area of land which is either brown with hills or green with forests.
Cannot help but wonder how more lost one could feel if man hadn't driven roads into the heart of this wild area to exploit the natural resources. That said there was no one on these hills - though did meet a couple of people using the track to the windfarms.

Return was largely by same route, though makes sense to continue south to visit bigger neighbour of Croagnameal first, ensuring have traversed the length of these hills. Linkback:
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   picture about Croaghmeen (<em>An Chruach Mhín</em>)
Picture: Lough Ancarn below the summit
God bless the wind farm access track
by madfrankie 3 Aug 2016
Careful scrutiny of the satellite map revealed a road crossing west to east, north of Croaghmeen.This turns out to be an access track to a wind farm, and although not tarred, has a decent surface. This road can be accessed from the main Donegal to Ballybofey road, before you reach the Barnesmore Gap. If travelling north, take the second turn right after the large church on the right hand side. Go down here for a short distance, take a right at the junction, then your first left. This is the road for the wind farm.
Starting at the road's high point G (H02960 81206) it's a relatively short ascent, though the terrain is a bit on the awkward side. A minor rise is crossed, before passing the diminutive reed-lined Lough Ancarn. There's a final short pull to a featureless summit - take your pick from the couple of heathery rises vying for the highest point.
There's a vast swathe of wild country hereabouts, though wind farms have very much intruded on the landscape. Linkback:
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   picture about Croaghmeen (<em>An Chruach Mhín</em>)
Picture: Lough Ancarn, just west of the summit.
Racing To Beat The Darkness
by Aidy 21 Apr 2014
Climbed via Croaghnameal this afternoon, taking the same route to Croaghnameal as covered in my older comment for that hill. From the summit of Croaghnameal, I headed northeast to one of its lesser summits, then dropped down the steep north slope into the Barnesyneilly valley, before ascending the southern slope of Croaghmeen, keeping to the east of the forest going up.

From the main summit there are good views to the north and the main Bluestacks range. I assume the views to the west are also good, as they are on Croaghnameal, but today was very hazy, and Donegal Bay was barely visible. I continued west to another minor summit at 387m high, passing the little Lough Ancarn on the way. I should have taken a walk to the north from here, as I completely missed seeing Lough Ascolta, only learning of its existence when I got home and checked the map. However, by now, I needed to start back, or risk making part of the journey in the dark. I cut back along the southern slope, well above the forest below until I rejoined my original route, into the valley east of the trees and back up to Croaghnameal.

Quite a hard little walk for two small peaks, but enjoyable with good views when conditions allow. Linkback:
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