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Seven Sisters - Derryveagh mountains

Access: The majority of people will complete this hike in a south westerly direction, starting at the Miners path at Muckish (OSI Map 2, grid ref: B998 292) and finishing at Errigal car park (OSI Map 6, grid ref: B942 197)


Difficulty level: Difficult - There is a lot of ascending and descending on this hike with some extended steep climbs in sections. A good level of fitness is required, appropriate footwear and hiking equipment should be worn.

* Total ascent 1671m, total descent 1787m

* This hike is not signed so it will be important to pre-plan your route and bring navigational aids with you. The above route will take you along a relatively well walked path so it may be possible to follow this in sections.

* Terrain - Bog land, sheep paths, loose scree

More info on the Errigal and Muckish ascents can be found in the mountain challenges section

Total distance: 21km (For the route highlighted above)


Estimated time to complete above route: Allow for 9hrs, dependent on fitness levels and weather (allocate time for lunch and rest periods also)


Notable features:

This is one of the tougher hikes in the county, pre-planning is essential and appropriate hiking equipment necessary. Beginning at the miners path on Muckish and finishing at Errigal, you will take in 2 of the counties highest peaks. There are a number of steep climbs that can be taxing on the legs, notably the ascent to Aghla Beag and Errigal so be prepared for a slog at times. You will be rewarded though with some spectacular scenery and views of the Derryveagh mountains and surrounding area.

After descending from Aghla Mor, you will arive in Altan farm situated on the shores of Altan lake. The old ruins offer some great photo opportunities and can be the perfect spot for a bit of wild camping for those looking to do this hike over two days.

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