Donald's Hill 399m hill, Keenaght Ireland at
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Keenaght Area
Place count in area: 5, OSI/LPS Maps: 4, 7, 8 
Highest place:
Donald's Hill, 399m
Maximum height for area: 399 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 270 metres,

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Donald's Hill Hill Cnoc na hEarcola A name in Irish
also Knocknahurkle an extra name in English
(Ir. Cnoc na hEarcola [Séamas Ó Ceallaigh], 'hill of the [obscure
Derry County, in Binnion List, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 399m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 8 Grid Reference: C74300 17300
Place visited by 32 members. Recently by: Fergalh, MichaelG55, eejaymm, scottwalker, Wilderness, trostanite, sperrinlad, stevebullers, jimmyread, chalky, sir_boba_fett, muschi, sandman, Welder, AntrimRambler
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Longitude: -6.839835, Latitude: 54.99762 , Easting: 274300, Northing: 417300 Prominence: 176m,  Isolation: 6.3km
ITM: 674233 917285,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DnldHl, 10 char: DnldsHil
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Upper Basalt Formation)

The Ordnance Survey Memoirs of 1834 record this hill as Donalds Hill or Knocknahurkle (OSM, ix, 34). Séamas Ó Ceallaigh derives this from something like Cnoc na hEarcola in his comments on the Topographical Fragments in the Franciscan Library.   Donald's Hill is the highest hill in the Keenaght area and the 955th highest in Ireland. Donald's Hill is the most easterly in the Keenaght area.

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A panoramic view point. .. by group   (Show all for Donald's Hill) Picture about mountain Donald
Picture: Looking SW from Donald's Hill to Benbradagh & the higher Sperrins
Fine vantage point (once you get there)
by slemish  30 Jul 2011
I passed Donald's Hill on the way home from a recent trip to Donegal and decided to bag it whilst in the area. I approached from the NE via the Temain road and parked up at the gate mentioned by Harry Goodman (752185 B). I was heartened by his comment that there was a raised track all the way to the summit and as it looked quite close I thought I could maybe get away with a quick visit. I made good progress down this track for a good 700m until to my dismay the track disappeared into the surrounding terrain.

Now I had to face another 700m of bog, deep heather, drainage ditches and energy-sapping long grass all the way to the summit which was a bit of a misery. With no obvious path I headed straight for a fence line which gets close to the final raised area up to the 399m summit. Thankfully the summit itself is quite dry with a couple of rocks to stand on. In contrast to the unpleasant climb the views from Donald's Hill are very good indeed, its isolation from other hills giving it a fine panorama.

There is a great view into Donegal with the Derryveaghs and Inishowen hills very prominent. There was an interesting visual effect where the huge bulk of Muckish sat directly in line behind Loughsalt Mountain almost like a silhouette. Benbradagh and the higher Sperrins lie to the SW - Sawel looks very high from this direction. Carntogher unfortunately blocks the view to the Mournes but the whole length of the Antrim hills from Divis to Knocklayd is easily visible. It was a very clear evening and looking to the left of Knocklayd I could make out the hills of Kintyre but then was shocked to see the Paps of Jura crisply defined against the evening sky, visible at a distance of almost 115km. The long views held my attention for some time until I decided to return to the car through the tough terrain.

This hill has fine views but I would not recommend approaching it from this direction. Possibly the steep climb from the SW side might be easier? The whole trip ended up taking me about an hour. Trackback:
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Much effort for such little height gain! .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
We approached Donalds Hill along the Temain (Hill .. by three5four0   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
Donalds Hill is the nearest mountain to my home , .. by Derry259   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
Donalds Hill - much added value .. by Welder   (Show all for Donald's Hill)
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