Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal

Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal

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Errigal (Irish: An Earagail, possibly meaning "oratory") is a 751-metre (2,464 ft) mountain near Gweedore in Co. Donegal, Ireland.
It is 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.
 
From a distance the mountain appears to be snow-covered, but skirting the northern shore of Lough Nacung, it becomes apparent that the white coloration has geological, rather than meteorological, causes.
 
The mountain is most often climbed from the carpark off the R251 road. The route initially crosses heavily eroded 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.
The climb to the summit is well worth it for the stupendous views: virtually all of Donegal, and most of Ulster, is visible and you could easily spend several hours just sitting and absorbing the contrasts provided by coastline, loughs and mountains.

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