Inch Top

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At the trig pillar on Inch Top looking towards Ramelton.

 

Staying on Inch Island, the next destination was Inch Top, the 222 meter high hill which dominates it.  I needed to ask permission from a farmer to park in his yard, and use his access track to reach the summit.  The track was there to provide access to communications masts at the top, and permission having been given, I started up the eastern slope on the gravel trail.  It was easy walking on the track which continued up through the conifer forest and on to the summit.  Emerging from the forest near the top, views opened out in all directions – much more than the height would suggest.

 

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Coming out of the forest on the lower slopes, with views towards Fahan and Mouldy Hill.

 

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Looking back down the access track to a similar view.

 

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At the top.  On the left, Lough Swilly continues inland towards Letterkenny.  On the right, there is a deep bay leading in towards Ramelton.

 

 

 

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Looking towards Scalp Mountain in the East.

 

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The forest on the eastern and southern slopes, with the causeway bringing the road to the island in the distance.

 

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One of the best views was towards Fahan, at the base of Mouldy Hill, with Slieve Snaght deeper into Inishowen.

 

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Rathmullan town and beach on the left, and on the other shore, to the right, the Urris Hills in northwest Inishowen.

 

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The view turning a little further west towards Rathmullan.

 

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The cairn and trig pillar at the summit.

 

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Zoomed in closer on the bay leading to Ramelton.

 

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The lough leading towards Letterkenny, with the Bluestack Mountains on the horizon.

 

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A magnificent viewpoint for such a low hill and easy walk.  After spending a while enjoying the panorama, I started back down again using the same track.

 

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It was such a short, easy climb that I had plenty of time left to do some more exploring, both on and off Inch, more of which to follow.

 

 

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