Derkbeg Hill 332m hill, Bluestack Mountains Ireland at
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Derkbeg Hill Hill Cnoc na Deirce Bige A name in Irish
(poss. Ir. ‡Cnoc na Deirce Bige [PDT], 'hill of an Deirc Bheag or the
little cavity')
Donegal County, in Binnion List, Hornblendic and sometimes schistose Bedrock

Height: 332m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: G82944 98837
Place visited by 10 members. Recently by: Aidy, Peter Walker, chalky, Fergalh, Garmin, Harry Goodman, juliewoods, Jamessheerin, ahendroff, hgboyle
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Longitude: -8.266223, Latitude: 54.837015 , Easting: 182944, Northing: 398837 Prominence: 178m,  Isolation: 2.8km
ITM: 582897 898826,   GPS IDs, 6 char: DrkbHl, 10 char: DrkbgHil
Bedrock type: Hornblendic and sometimes schistose, (Metadolerite)

An Deirc Bheag / Derk Beg is a townland in Inishkeel parish. The word deirc may refer to a steep-sided cirque or to a cave.   Cnoc na Deirce Bige is the 1090th highest place in Ireland. Cnoc na Deirce Bige is the most westerly summit in the Bluestack Mountains area.

COMMENTS for Cnoc na Deirce Bige 1 of 1 Picture about mountain Cnoc na Deirce Bige in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: View of Derkbeg Hill from the approach track.
A short but very worthwhile walk.
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman,  20 Aug 2013
From the R250 from Finntown to Glenties take the L2583 G841974 A and 1.7 km along note a rough stone and gravel track on the right G825968 B. This leads up to L Nacroaghy and gives access to the hill. Drive up the track for 250 metres to a gate and park on the left side in a large cleared area G8231596980 C. Follow the track N to the lough and then around its W shore crossing a couple of step stiles. It ends at some large livestock sheds G8241498328 D. From the back of the sheds follow a fence steeply up the hillside on to the open hillside and the start of the ridge up NE to the summit, passing on the way some large boulders and a large rocky up crop which can be easily crossed or contoured around on the right side. The high point of the hill lies on a large flat peat hagged summit area at G8294398827 E and is unmarked. Although partly blocked by Agla Mt SE across the valley a number of the Bluestack tops can be seen as can the mountains to the SW, Slievetooey and Slieve League. Distance out and back 4.6km. Trackback: Picture about mountain Cnoc na Deirce Bige in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Derkbeg Hill across the still waters of L Nacroaghy
Go and enjoy.
by Harry Goodman  20 Aug 2013
I climbed this hill on 14 August 2013 . From the R250 Finntown to Glenties I took a minor road L2583 on the right G841974 A and 1.7km along also on the right side noted a rough stone and gravel track G825968 B which led up to L Nacroaghy. As there was no roadside parking available to me I drove up the track for about 250 metres to a gate across it and a large parking area on the left G8231596980 C. Having parked, I followed the track through a small valley as it led up to the lough and my first view of Derkbeg Hill across its still waters. Continuing around the W shore the track ended at a couple of large livestock sheds G8241498328 D where I met a farmer gathering in some sheep. He was very welcoming to my being on his land. On his advice II followed a fence up steeply from behind the sheds which soon led me out on to the open hillside and the start of a gently sloping ridge up to the summit. On the way up I passed a number of large boulders and a large rocky up crop which I crossed but could have contoured around on its right side. It can be seen to the left of cenre in the photograph. Further up I passed another large erratic before reaching the large flat peat hagged top. Altough the top is unmarked I recorded it as G8294398837 F. Views SE were blocked to some extent by Agla Mt but there were unrestricted views out across Glenties to the high tops of SW Donegal. I also climbed Croaghleheen earlier in the day as the start points for the two walks were only a short drive apart. I returned by way of ascent, 4.6km out and back. Trackback:
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