Mount Errigal, Letterkenny
Categories: Mountains, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Errigal is a 751m mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal, Ireland. It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains, the tallest peak in County Donegal, and the 76th tallest peak in Ireland. Errigal is also the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the "Seven Sisters" by locals. The Seven Sisters includes Muckish, Crocknalaragagh, Aghla Beg, Ardloughnabrackbaddy, Aghla More, Mackoght and Errigal. The nearest peak is Mackoght, which is also known as Little Errigal or Wee Errigal.Errigal is well known for the pinkish glow of its quartzite in the setting sun. Another noted quality is the ever-changing shape of the mountain depending on what direction you view it from. Errigal was voted 'Ireland's Most Iconic Mountain' by Walking & Hiking Ireland in 2009.Climbing ErrigalThe mountain is most often climbed from the carpark off the R251 road. The route initially starts off by crossing heavily eroded and boggy land towards a visible track through the shiny scree from where the ascent proper starts. After reaching the summit, people usually walk the short but exposed walk along ‘One Man’s Pass’ which leads across to the second and lower of the twin summits. No special equipment is needed to climb the mountain, but caution is advised.Take a look at our Letterkenny tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Mount Errigal and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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The mountain is in the north west of the wonderrful Glenveagh national park,you can see it from miles away and you can get very close to it by driving,the roads through the park are very good.
An easy mountain climb. Don't be fooled. It's a tough day out to get to the top but well worth it for the view if you do. Bring good waterproof footwear as the lower stretches are very boggy. Somethin... read more »
There's no place like Co Donegal. I only realise that since living in France for 13 years. Errigal and it's environs give you the most out of this world feeling. My mother said "you forget everything ... read more »
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