Croaghconnellagh

The 523 metre high Croaghconnellagh is a mountain on the Southern side of the Bluestack Mountains in Co. Donegal.  As a child, on trips to Donegal, more often that not we would be driving through the “Barnes Gap” with Croaghconnellagh and Croaghongah forming towering, near vertical sides.  When directly under them, I would have to press my face against the car’s side window to take in their full height.  They seemed the highest mountains in the world to me.  When I took up hill walking it was inevitable that Croaghconnellagh would be high on my list, and so i set off to climb it on a fine day in early October.

The mountain looked inviting as I approached from across the Tyrone/Donegal border at Corgary.  Croaghconnellagh is in the centre, with Croaghonagh on the left and Croaghnageer on the right.

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Croaghconnellagh on the right.

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It was a difficult surface to walk on as I approached from the Northeastern end of Barnesmore Gap through deep heather, coarse grass and uneven ground.  Croaghnageer and Browns Hill are in the background.

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The walking was much easier with altitude on rocky ground as the granite emerged.  A small bog pool here mirrors Lough Mourne in the distance.

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A view from the summit across Barnes Gap to Croaghonagh and the road and disused railway line emerging towards Donegal Town.

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Another view of Croaghonagh in late afternoon sun.

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The rocky summit.

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Looking West over Lough Eske to Donegal Bay.

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Northwest view over hidden mountain loughs to the higher Bluestacks.

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Croaghnageer and Browns Hill

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Croaghnageer

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A view towards the summit on the Northern side.

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Descending by the same route.

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