STARTING/FINISHING POINT: The most popular point for starting the ascent on one of Donegal`s most easily recognised peaks is at grid ref. B947199. at this point, it is possible to park a few cars safely off the R251 which runs between Dunlewy and the Genveigh National Park.
ROUTE DESCRIPTION: From
the "car park", make your way towards the base of the
mountain. The beginning of the path is over boggy and often waterlogged
In the distance, you will see a set of fence posts. Make for these, as they mark the start of the path up the eastern slope of Errigal.
After approx. one hour, you will come to one of the narrowest parts of the path, with a sharp drop on your right side. Shortly after passing here, you will crest a ridge with a small ring-fort like structure that can provide a bit of shelter from the wind. Beside this small windbreak, stands the Joey Glover Memorial.
From here, you are only approx. 10 minutes from the top. The summit actually consists of two peaks, connected by a narrow ridge. On a clear day, the views are spectacular, with most of Donegal and some of the surrounding counties opening out below you.
To return to your car, retrace your steps, remembering to take care when descending the scree slopes.
POINTS TO NOTE: Great
care should be taken on the scree slopes, especially on the descent.
In the area between Errigal and Mackoght, you can see small mounds. These appear to be ice-age drumlins, however, these consist of stone, and not the usual soil that is more common.