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Crockalough Hill Cnoc an Locha A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Cnoc an Locha [PDT], 'hill of the lough') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Whitish quartzite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 282m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 3 Grid Reference: C46100 56800
Place visited by 24 members. Recently by: Aidy, scottwalker, Fergalh, Hilltop-Harrier, trostanite, eejaymm, sograinne, chalky, David-Guenot, sandman, mark-rdc, Garmin, jmcg, AntrimRambler, Harry Goodman
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Longitude: -7.273995, Latitude: 55.355791 , Easting: 246100, Northing: 456800 Prominence: 267m,  Isolation: 4.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 646039 956776,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crc282, 10 char: Crcklgh282
Bedrock type: Whitish quartzite with pebble beds, (Slieve Tooey Quartzite Formation)

The northernmost peak in the current MV list, lying about 8km ESE of Malin Head. Has been called The Bens. See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (pp. 146-47) for details of the festive assembly on Crockalough.   Crockalough is the 1197th highest place in Ireland. Crockalough is the most northerly summit in the Inishowen area. It's also the most northerly summit in Ireland.

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A walk on Ireland's most northerly hill .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Crockalough) Picture about mountain Crockalough in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: anyone for golf?
gerrym on Crockalough, 2009
by gerrym  23 Sep 2009
A small hill at the most northern reaches of the isle - surely not worth bothering about? Think again as i have. It provided a fantastic environment for walking and exploration, with religion, technology, stunning scenery and isolation as companions.

Access is from the R242 out of Malin, turning on to a minor road, taking a lane off this at 436574 E and parking at its end where there is room for several cars (448577 F). This is at a height of several hundred feet and looks out over Malin and the ocean to the north.

Cross fence and drop down to the dramatic coastline. The tide was out and the cluster of the Garvan isles just off the coast were fully visible, further out i could make out the lighthouse and abandoned dwellings on the island of Inishtrahull. Gulls perched on the cliffs and a solitary fishing boat braved the waters. A sheep track sticks faithfully to the cliff edges, passing storm beaches (one with a splash of sand which looked like a murder scene marked out for some large aquatic animal), small streams before they tumbled below and the large stack of Stookanuddan. Contour around an inlet, which has 2 streams falling at its back to jumbled slabs of rock below, to reach above the small stack of Reaghillan (458579 G). The ground rises steadily from here and the cliffs get higher, giving fantastic views over the immediate coastline and to Knocklayd in the Antrim hills further afield.

My GPS gave the cliffs a height of 623 ft before i turned inland towards the summit. The hillside was covered in blooms of pink heather, with bees and butterflies visiting. A number of old tracks were visible to the east and a burnt out car - though had to look hard to spot it!
The final pull is steep. The trig pillar and small cairn are reached in an hour and 2 miles. It is somewhat lost among masts and a large 'golfball' dome housing radar. The views are not lost though and stretch along the north coast to the antrim hills, west to Malin head and down over the hills of Inishowen to the Sperrin mtns. A strong breeze was blowing and i sat with my back against the trig pillar gazing over the Atlantic.

Follow the access road downhill for a short distance to reach the lough which has been a site of religious pilgrimage. A walk around its shores reveals numerous personal and religious artefacts left by pilgrims. I took a direct route in returning to my starting point NW off the top - this picks up some old tracks which lead back to the start. In all 4 miles and 2 hours. Linkback:
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Another quick ascent. .. by three5four0   (Show all for Crockalough)
The views and the wildlife make this a must for a .. by cjdonaghey   (Show all for Crockalough)
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