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Donegal North Area   W: Horn Head Subarea
Place count in area: 9, OSI/LPS Maps: 2 
Highest place:
Knockalla, 363m
Maximum height for area: 363 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 328 metres,

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Croaghnamaddy Hill Cruach na Madadh A name in Irish (Ir. Cruach na Madadh [PWJ†], 'stack of the dogs') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Hornblendic and sometimes schistose Bedrock

Height: 252m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 2 Grid Reference: C02916 40248
Place visited by 39 members. Recently by: leader1, killyman1, Wilderness, Lauranna, markmjcampion, thomas_g, dregish, ucampbell, finkey86, Fergalh, Niamhq, bryanjbarry, pearnett, IndyMan, kmoore
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Longitude: -7.954957, Latitude: 55.209269 , Easting: 202916, Northing: 440248 Prominence: 247m,  Isolation: 6.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 602866 940228,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg252, 10 char: Crghnmdy
Bedrock type: Hornblendic and sometimes schistose, (Metadolerite)

The highest point on Horn Head. The Metrical Dindsenchas contains a reference to Sliab Irguill, which the editor Edward Gwynn identifies with Horn Head, so it be an old name for Croaghnamaddy or may have referred to all the upland on Horn Head. For origin of name, see Ganiamore re the name Sliab Guill. There is another Croaghnamaddy SW of Dungloe.   Croaghnamaddy is the third highest hill in the Donegal North area and the 1281th highest in Ireland. Croaghnamaddy is the most westerly summit in the Donegal North area.

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three5four0 on Croaghnamaddy, 2009
by three5four0  25 Oct 2009
Croaghnamaddy should really be climbed as part of the classic Horn Head Coastal walk, but for those who have missed it out, it is only 6 mins from the view point car park at roughly 026405 starA. From here cross the road and climb up to a small ring contour, with a small cairn on top, which is clearly visible from the car park. Then ascend Croaghnamaddy in a rising curved route , to avoid a re entrant on your left, pick your way through a small rocky band to the trig point. There great views out over the north Donegal coast and back to the hills. Descend the way of ascent, don't be tempted into the re entrant , with its flat area leading to the road. Here lies soft ground and waist deep bushes. Linkback:
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Picture: Craignamaddy from top to bottom
Craignamaddy to Horn Head
by gerrym  22 Jul 2010
This is a road trip and a half, rising along with the cliffs to over 600ft. The road is narrow and winding and the fear of meeting another car and having to reverse keeps the wits sharp. The viewing point at 026405 starA provides a breathtaking perspective and the start of a walk as long or as short as desired.

The top of Craignamaddy is not much more than a stones throw away. The trig pillar is now adorned with some rocks which add height and style. There are great views especially along the coast, with cliffs, beaches, islands and hills to stop roving eyes. The settlement on the west side of Tory is clearly visible and if it wasn't the still flashing lighthouse would have helped. A stone wall and fence run along the top, with a heap rather than a cairn of stones.

Return to the road and drop down to the cliffs which can then be followed around to Horn Head. Can get as close as dare for the best views of the sheer drops below although there is a distinct track a couple of feet from the edge. Gulls were landing and taking off from the cliff walls and the odd boat came in, perhaps to check lobster pots. The true nature of Craignamaddy becomes clear here - from the Atlantic swell churning at its base, up the spectacular cliffs to the trig.

Pass the carpark and continue on out to Horn Head, path is eroded here and there were quite a few people about. Visit the old look out tower and then follow the coast as it drops down to the Nose of Scoltnavan (005413 starB) - an inaccessable inlet with a nice waterfall dropping down to the waves below. Climb uphill again to Crockaclogher and then across the line of hills back to the carpark and follow the road back to the viewing point.

About 4 hours walking in all but can make it whatever length you wish. Would definitely be a shame to miss out on the stunning clifftop walking reminescent of that near Glencolumcille. Linkback:
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