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Inishowen Area , S: Iskaheen Subarea
Feature count in area: 27, by county: Donegal: 27, Derry: 1, of which 1 is in both Derry and Donegal, OSI/LPS Maps: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Highest Place: Slieve Snaght 614.6m

Starting Places (43) in area Inishowen:
Adderville Upper, Barnes Bend, Bunacrick, Butlers Bridge, Carnaghan Presbyterian Church, Castruse Upper, Craignacoolagh, Craignamuck, Croaghglengad West, Crockavishane South, Diarmuid and Gráinne's Bed, Doherty's Dún, Dunree Bay Carpark, EEl Hole, Effishmore Upper, Evishbreedy Bridge, Five Fingers Strand, Gap of Mamore Grotto, Gap of Mamore Road, Gap of Mamore Viewpoint, Glack, Glasmullan, Golan Bridge Track, Goorey Hill, Grania's Gap, Gransha Árd, Green Hill, Leamacrossan Hill East, Lisfannon Beach, Lough Shivnagh, Lough Turk North, Magilligan Point View, Meenabroagh, Meenyollan River, Moor House, Mullagh, Pincher's Corner, Rashenny, Roosky Upper, Rowantree Hill, St Michael's Church, Stroove Beach, Tullagh Beach

Summits & other features in area Inishowen:
Cen: Slieve Snaght: Damph 420m, Slieve Main 514m, Slieve Snaght 614.6m
N: Malin: Croaghglengad 259m, Crockalough 282m, Soldiers hill 174m
NE: North East Inishowen: Crockavishane 322m, Crocknasmug 327.5m, Grinlieve 371m
NW: Urris: Binnion 250m, Bulbin 494m, Coolcross Hill 291m, Croaghcarragh 400m, Crockmain 460m, Dunaff Hill 230m, Mamore Hill 423m, Raghtin More 502m, Slievekeeragh 389m, Urris Hills 417m
S: Iskaheen: Crockglass 397m, Eskaheen Mountain 418m, Greenan Mountain 241m, Holywell Hill 260m, Inch Top 222m, Leamacrossan Hill 392m, Mouldy Hill 312m, Scalp Mountain 484m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Mouldy Hill, 312m Hill An Mullach A name in Irish,
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poss. Ir. An Mullach [PDT], 'the summit’, Donegal County in Ulster province, in Binnion Lists, Mouldy Hill is the 1136th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference C35400 28900, OS 1:50k mapsheet 2,7
Place visited by: 26 members, recently by: ElaineM76, eamonoc, ChrisC, Fergalh, shkiboo, scottwalker, Conor-na-Cnic, Kapty, chalky, cody1, mark-rdc, jmcg, Hilltop-Harrier, Garmin, AntrimRambler
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -7.44617, Latitude: 55.106088, Easting: 235400, Northing: 428900, Prominence: 167m,  Isolation: 5.4km
ITM: 635341 928882
Bedrock type: Pale grey grit with psammitic schist, (Fahan Grit Formation)
Notes on name: The summit of Mouldy Hill is located in the townland of Roosky in the parish of Fahan Upper. The name Mouldy Hill may be a corruption of Ir. mullach, “summit”, usually anglicised as mullagh, mully or molly, cf. Mully Hill / Cnoc na Mullcha in SW Donegal. Another way of looking this is that the English name is suggestive of Old English molda ‘top of the head’, which is close to the sense of Ir. mullach. In fact, it is even possible that Ir. mullach, which lacks Brittonic cognates, suggesting it may not be originally Celtic, is actually a borrowing from English or from earlier Germanic, cf. Old Frisian meldke.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: MldyHl, 10 char: Mouldy Hil

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Summary for Mouldy Hill (An Mullach): Rough coastal summit over Buncrana and Lough Swilly.
Summary created by simon3 2018-07-05 05:19:15
            MountainViews.ie picture about Mouldy Hill (<em>An Mullach</em>)
Picture: Mouldy Hill towering over Buncrana, viewed from Rathmullan.
Starting point is the large carpark at White Strand at approx A (C345 302) on the main road into Buncrana. Walk back to the Harbour Inn and take the short journey along Tank Rd, turn left onto Hillview road. At a white washed building turn right, dropping before rising up the hillside. A wide road turns steeply right uphil. Pass the large quarry gates after 20 minutes of walking and continue straight onto a rough track. The track climbs its way up the side of the quarry with cracking views N to Slieve Snaght with patches of snow, Bulben, Urris HIlls and Raghtin. Forestry, first broadleaf and then conifer, accompanies the climb until the road crests and ends. Then proceed over open heather.
We would advise visitors to seek permission on this Hill and not to assume access.
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            MountainViews.ie picture about Mouldy Hill (<em>An Mullach</em>)
Picture: Lough Swilly
panorama on Inishowen
by gerrym 18 Apr 2010
Mouldy Hill provides a much better experience than its name might suggest. It provides a great 3km walk along an broad undulating ridge high above Lough Swilly, with far reaching views. Lots of activity below but none up along the top.

Starting point is the large carpark at White Strand at approx B (C345 302) on the main road into Buncrana. Walk back to the Harbour Inn and take the short journey along Tank Rd, turn left onto Hillview road - passing caravan parks lumbering out of winter hibernation and the myriad of new build housing. At a white washed building turn right, dropping before rising up the hillside towards a dazzling display of gorse, with the smell of burning peat even on this sunny afternoon.

A wide road turns steeply right uphill (the hard hat on a post signalling the quarry ahead). Pass the large quarry gates after 20 minutes of walking and continue staright onto a rough track. Heaps of silt and murky ponds give visual clues to the hidden current workings. The track climbs its way up the side of the quarry with cracking views N to Slieve Snaght with patches of snow, Bulben, Urris HIlls and Raghtin. Forestry, first broadleaf and then conifer, accompanies the climb until the road crests and ends.

Cross the open hill SW over dull and lifeless heather to reach the top in one hour. From the small cairn the views stretch impressively along Lough Swilly - across to the golden sands at Rathmullan and down past Inch Island. Out west Knockalla, Loughsalt, Muckish, Errigal, the other Slieve Snaght and the Bluestacks stood out. South the Sperrins, with the distinctive drop from Sawel up to Dart. Scalp and Eskaheen blocked views beyond to the east and the views north were still there!

A short steep drop brings a line of undulating hills stretching to the cairn and cross . A fence traverses along the hills, occasionally dropping off towards Lough Swilly. Beautiful walking on a beautiful day, with the blue of the lough mirroring the blue of the sky and contrasting with the deep browns of the hills. The large wooden cross and cairn are certainly impressive and a short walk further SW brings lovely views over the marina to Inch Island. Drop down over rougher ground towards a small transmitter and houses - the road then winds steeply downhill to the main road.

Turn left and follow the busy road before crossing and taking the road to the marina. The golden sands of the beach beckon and hold attention all the way back to the carpark, though when the tide is in may have to walk atop the boulders beside the golf course. All in all took nearly three hours with stops. Great mix of walking - quiet roads and tracks, hillside, beach - and great views throughout. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/4645/
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Picture: Inch Island and Lough Swilly from Mouldy Hill
A cheating English peakbagger writes...
by Peter Walker 26 Oct 2010
I know it's probably belittling it a little, but once I got it into my head to try to get all 22 Inishowen tops done in four days I needed a quick way up Mouldy Hill. So I eschewed any coastal starts and studied the map, eyes alighting on the road running high up the south flank (past a settlement named Roosky on Sheet 7). There is a very short track marked as leaving the road at Roosk Up (C359 281): on the ground it has a gate at the bottom and is almost opposite a farm. I managed to squeeze a car off the road a short way to the east.

Once over the gate the track soon ends at a fence, easily conquered by means of a gap at its right hand end where it meets another (no clambering required). You're now climbing between two fences (which on my visit formed comforting barriers between myself and the livestock): keep close in to the right hand one. At the top of the strip is another blocking fence: climb over a handy gate and a short plod leads to the ridge at C (C359 285).

From here said ridge provides tussocky but reasonable going to the top. A little energy could be conserved by cutting the ridge corner on the right (north-east), but that would rob you of the fine seaward prospect. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/6151/
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Picture: Letters may be missing but the intention is clear!
Be aware of some access restriction.
by Harry Goodman 13 Mar 2012
I climbed Mouldy Hill on 5 Mar 2012 as my last but one hill on the mv Inishowen list. Having looked at the posts by those who had already been to the top I decided to follow part of gerrym's route. However, as I had no desire to walk on roads I drove up to the quarry and parked near the entrance gate at Gran Árd (C35873 30352). I then walked up the rough track to the left of the quarry gates. A short way up D (C36078 29261) I came to a locked gate bearing a somewhat mutilated notice but, even in the absence of some vital letters, clearly indicating "No Trespassing - Trespassers prosecuted" (see photo). Beyond the gate the track was fenced off on the left and unfenced to the right along a small pine forest. In view of this I took a track to the left and at its crest E (C36186 29606) crossed a fence and continued S up the heather clad ridge to its high point F (C36200 29200) before heading SW along the undulating heather covered ridge to a fence junction G (C35706 29019). Once across I continued SW to another junction H (C35566 28982) and then in the same direction (along a fence line) to the top, a small grass and rock covered area I (C35377 28852), adjacent to a small flat heathery mound. I mention this simply because some may argue that this flat topped mound is where the true high point lies and, visually, this would be arguable. This said the small rocky area has a few stones to mark the top and is I presume regarded locally as such. I returned by way of ascent. Up and down was under 5k. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/6713/
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Asses prosecuted?
by three5four0 4 Jul 2010
Climbed Mouldy Hill from the beach carpark at A (C345 302) and followed gerrym's route described below. Fine views abound from the summit cairn, but with an approaching down pour, we made a swift turn around and descended by the way of ascent. After climbing over the gate, again, on the track at J (C360 296), I noticed the sign attached to it. The sign has had it's lettering picked off in the 'Fawlty Towers' style, revealing that asses will be prosecuted!

The Cyclists Rest bar, on the road to Burnfoot, serves a good pint of Guinness, which I drank several of whilst watching German run rampant over Argentina. Worth a visit for that post hill pint. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/5919/
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SharonBree on Mouldy Hill
by SharonBree 24 Sep 2009
Started at housing estate at Fahan. Drove up to end of road in estate, fabulous views over Lough Swilly. Climbed up hill past transmitters, Fahan cross on right hand side and along ridge above Lisfannon to Mouldy hill. Descended to road at back of Cassidy's quarry and down to Gransha. Alot of barbed wire fences to get over, but fairly easy going and dry. Not a very long walk, but gave nice views of Buncrana and surrounding area. Watch out for rusty barbed wire on the ground in places! Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/944/comment/4133/
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