29 Jun 2022

Climbers told to stay off Errigal for five days

Temporary closure of mountain access

Climbers told to stay off Errigal for five days

An unusual view of Errigal as captured by photographer John Rafferty

Access to Donegal's highest mountain (2,464-feet/751m)) will be closed for the next five days.

Major works are being undertaken by McGowan Environmental Engineering Ltd. on the ‘Sustainable Access & Habitat Restoration Project’ at Errigal Mountain from tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24 to Saturday, May 28 , both dates inclusive.

The project will involve the upgrading of a 3km upland path which leads from the existing car park to the summit of the mountain, the works aim to enhance the visitor experience and to protect against further erosion of the mountain. The path work will include:

• Stone Pitched path (550m approx.)
• Aggregate path with geotextile matting and geogrid (1,200m approx.)
• 600m approx of Revetments
• 1050m approx of light touch work
• 30m approx of boardwalk
• Path drainage provisions (stone water bars, stone cross drains, turved side drains)
• Stone anchor bars
• Deposition and treatment of excavated spoil on-site
• Landscaping, peat bunds, fencing and revegetation

Traffic management will be in place on the R251 Regional Road on the approaches to the car park for the duration of the works.

"We respectfully ask for the co-operation of the public not to climb the mountain during this period as the main mountain access will be closed," said a spokesperson for the project team

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