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A view of Errigal from Gweedore.
Highest point
Elevation751 m (2,464 ft) [1][2]
Prominence688 m (2,257 ft) [1]
ListingCounty top (Donegal), P600, Marilyn, 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
Native nameAn Earagail  (Irish)
English translationoratory
Errigal is located in Ireland
Parent rangeDerryveagh Mountains
OSI/OSNI gridB928207
Topo mapOSi Discovery 1
An aerial view of Errigal

Errigal[3] (Irish: An Earagail)[4] 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 the most southern, steepest and highest of the mountain chain, called the "Seven Sisters". The Seven Sisters includes Muckish, Crocknalaragagh, Aghla Beg, Ardloughnabrackbaddy, Aghla More, Mackoght and Errigal. The nearest peak is Mackoght (from Irish: Mac Uchta,[5] meaning "son of the mountain-breast") which is also known as Little Errigal or Wee Errigal (Irish: an Earagail Bheag).

Errigal is 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.[6]


Errigal was named by the Fir Bolg who, originating in Greece, came to worship Errigal as they had Mount Olympus. The name comes from the Latin orare (to pray) and the Greek ekklesia (church). Scholars consider it one of the oldest placenames in Ireland.[7]

In recent years, there have been numerous erroneous references to Mount Errigal.[8] In 2016, Ireland's national tourism authority, Fáilte Ireland, apologised for using the name "Mount Errigal" in its brochure, rather than the proper name.[9] The official name is An Earagail or Errigal.[4] Mount Errigal is the name of a hotel in Letterkenny, County Donegal.[10]

Hill walking[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]

"Céad slán ag sléibhte maorga Chondae Dhún na nGall / Agus dhá chéad slán ag an Earagal árd / Ina stua os cionn caor 's call".
Panoramic view of Errigal's summit.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e MountainViews
  2. ^ Peakbagger
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey Ireland — the name is 'Errigal', omitting the word 'Mount'.
  4. ^ a b "An Earagail/Errigal". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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  7. ^ Macerlean, Fergal (15 August 2009). "A route less travelled". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  8. ^ Feeny, Seán P. (21 August 2015). "When did they change Errigal's name?". Donegal News. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  9. ^ Scanlon, Cronan (25 August 2016). "Fáilte Ireland admits it got Errigal's name wrong". Donegal News. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
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  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2001-02-19. Retrieved 2011-04-12. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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