Mongorry Hill 284m hill, Inishowen Ireland at
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Mongorry Hill Hill Cnoc Mhóin Ghofraidh A name in Irish
(poss. Ir. ‡Cnoc Mhóin Ghofraidh [PDT], 'hill of Móin Ghofraidh') Donegal County, in Binnion List, Banded semi-pelitic & psammitic schist Bedrock

Height: 284m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 6 Grid Reference: C24291 05065
Place visited by 24 members. Recently by: Fergalh, 40Shades, Aidy, scapania, sandman, eamonoc, chalky, Docrallying, Lucky1, cody1, FilHil, Garmin, AntrimRambler, mark-rdc, Harry Goodman
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Longitude: -7.622229, Latitude: 54.892663 , Easting: 224291, Northing: 405065 Prominence: 179m,  Isolation: 7.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 624235 905052,   GPS IDs, 6 char: MngrHl, 10 char: MngryHil
Bedrock type: Banded semi-pelitic & psammitic schist, (Termon Formation)

Mongorry is a townland in Raphoe parish. The Irish form of this name is Móin Ghofraidh [], meaning ‘Gofraidh's bog’.   Mongorry Hill is the 1190th highest place in Ireland. Mongorry Hill is the most southerly summit and also the most westerly in the Inishowen area.

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An elusive little top .. by group   (Show all for Mongorry Hill)
Mongorry Hill .. by three5four0   (Show all for Mongorry Hill)
Found! the lost track across the hill .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Mongorry Hill) Picture about mountain Mongorry Hill in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: Looking west from the top of Mongorry Hill.
simon3 on Mongorry Hill, 2008
by simon3  29 Sep 2008
En-route from Strabane to Stranorlar for some walking in the Bluestacks we thought we would visit Mongorry Hill, a "small prominent" hill reached by way of a detour via Raphoe.

That prominence would ensure good views of a feast of ranges including the Derryveaghs, Sperrins and the Bluestacks as well as Lough Swilly. There is a road marked on the OS as running over Mongorry Hill right past the trig pillar. What could go wrong?

Well from the west side the road does indeed leave the main road however it stops after about 300m at a steel gate on the good forest track NW of summit which is correctly marked on the map. The marked road to the summit DOESN'T EXIST. Your best bet for reaching the top from the west is to walk along the forest track around 130m from the steel gate and then head more or less due east towards the summit. It's around 460m of often extremely rough terrain with stumps, briars, boggy bits and deep drains.

Is it worth it? Well, the evening we were there the weather was misty-murky. We could just about see Lough Swilly and some other vague summits lost in the blue scatter. However judging by the view from nearby Dooish Mountain (another small prominent top) the view should be huge on a good day - but not attractive on a dull one. The promised trig pillar? Couldn't find it. The top is a little steep sided knoll with some probably significant stones concealed by a few trees.

As with so many of the small prominent summits there is a small communications tower on the east side (as well as a large set to the west). Presumably there IS a road up to this which might therefore mean that a better way to reach to top of Mongorry is from the east.

So all in all probably not a great place for a quick pleasant stroll and views from nearby Dooish very similar.

The picture shows the not very steep side of Mongorry towards the west. There are communications towers on this side also.

Since writing the above I came across this reference in a book, published 1860, courtesy Google Books about one Wray, which may explain the woefully incorrect map.
"A second road he constructed over Mongorry Mountain between Letterkenny and Raphoe with incredible trouble and cost. No hard Whinstone rock no shaking bog no hill side torrent ever could turn our rectilinear road maker one foot from his straightforward course He would blast the first pave the second and bridge the third and on the map of the recent Ordnance Survey the engineer's rule could never draw a straighter line than the delineation of this long road presents It is now quite forsaken only cattle drivers make use of ould Willie W ray's road the present generation having discovered that it is wiser if not shorter to skirt the base of a hill than to scale the summit a process endangering the breaking of your horse's wind in the going up and the breaking of his knees or your own neck in the coming down Mr Wray was a great loyalist and zealous for king and constitution and on one occasion [A second series of Vicissitudes of families By John Bernard Burke]

More recent news includes that someone attempted to blow up the RTE mast on Mongorry Hill in 1970 and just this year (2008) the BBC reported:

Bomb-making items found in wood

The bomb-making equipment was found in a wooded area. Police investigating dissident republican activity in County Donegal have discovered bomb-making equipment in a wooded area.

It was found at Mongorry Wood, an isolated area near Raphoe on Thursday. Searches in the area are continuing.

No, I wouldn't touch anything suspicious around Mongorry. Trackback:
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It's taken 4 attempts to get to the top of this s .. by dino   (Show all for Mongorry Hill)
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