Mount Errigal

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An Earagail
A view of Errigal from Gweedore.
Highest point
Elevation751 m (2,464 ft) [1][2]
Prominence688 m (2,257 ft) [1]
ListingMarilyn, Hewitt
Coordinates55°01′59″N 8°06′43″W / 55.033°N 8.112°W / 55.033; -8.112Coordinates: 55°01′59″N 8°06′43″W / 55.033°N 8.112°W / 55.033; -8.112
Translationoratory (Irish)
Errigal is located in Ireland
Parent rangeDerryveagh Mountains
OSI/OSNI gridB928207
Topo mapOSi Discovery 1
Drone shot of Mount Errigal

Errigal[3] (Irish: An Earagail, possibly meaning "oratory")[1] is a 751-metre (2,464 ft) mountain near Gweedore in County Donegal, Ireland.[1] It is the tallest peak of the Derryveagh Mountains and the tallest peak in County Donegal.[1] 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 (Irish: an Earagail Bheag).

Errigal is well known for the pinkish glow of its quartzite in the setting sun.[1] 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.[4]

Climbing Errigal[edit]

The 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.

In popular culture[edit]

Panoramic view of Errigal's summit.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f MountainViews
  2. ^ Peakbagger
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland — the name is 'Errigal', omitting the word 'Mount'.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2001-02-19. Retrieved 2011-04-12.
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