Connect Mental Health Errigal Challenge

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Connect Mental Health Errigal Challenge 2020

We are looking for volunteers to hike to the summit of Mount Errigal on Saturday 2nd May to raise funds for Connect Mental Health. At 751 metres above sea level, Mount Errigal is the highest mountain in Donegal with it’s high quartzite peak dominating the Derryveagh Mountains of the north west of Ireland. It is quite simply the most beautiful mountain in the country and has a chameleon like quality of appearing to change its shape completely as you view it from different locations around western Donegal. 

When: 10am, Saturday 2nd May
How long will it take: 3 – 4 hours
Difficulty Level: This walk up Errigal is a moderate walk with short steep sections of hard walking combined with open and exposed views to the north and east as you ascend this majestic mountain and donegal’s highest point.
Our Guide: This walk will be guided by Iain Miller and his team at Unique Ascent.
What you need to bring: Food and drink for a 3 to 4 hour walk, water/windproof coat and trousers and a sense of humour.


You then need to raise a minimum of €100 through sponsorship in order to take part. Although if you are part of a group, society or team please let us know on and you can set a group target. Upon registering to take part in the event a member of the Connect Mental Health team will contact you to provide fundraising support and guidance  to help you reach your target. Included as part of your registration:
– A Connect Mental Health Water Bottle & Hat
– Guided walk by Iain Miller, Unique Ascent
– Coach transfer *
– Refreshments upon completion

* Coach transfer available from Bundoran, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Ballybofey, Letterkenny. If driving please drive to the car-park on the R251 (Directions will be provided).

Our Guide:

This walk will be guided by Iain Miller and his team at Unique Ascent. Iain Miller is a rock climber, guidebook author and hill walker living, working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of Donegal. He is a fully qualified mountain instructor, an approved provider of National Governing Body awards with Mountaineering Ireland and is a registered and is a fully insured full member of the Association of Mountain Instructors Find out more about Iain here

Further details:

We are going to climb Errigal by the south face route from the carpark on the R251. Our route at first goes up gentle slopes through some boggy ground and follows the gentle slopes up the boggy ground to the base of the steepening scree slopes and here it gets a little steeper. From here we climb up scree slopes to allow us to reach solid rock and up the well worn path which takes us on to the summit ridge. As we walk along the ridge to Errigal’s summit the views expand across  Mackoght to Altan Lough and over the Aghlas to Muckish.

Meet at the south face car park (on main Letterkenny Dunlewey road) at 9.45 am from there we will follow the well worn south face path through the blanket bog and up the scree slopes to the summit of Errigal. The walk involves classic irish blanket bog walking followed by hints of steepness on the summit ridge approach slopes and finally an airy ridge walk to donegal’s highest point.