News 2015

Title: Errigal Mountain Path Study
Date: 31/07/2015
System Date: 31/07/2015
Errigal Mountain Path Study

Earlier this week, representatives from Mountaineering Ireland participated in a meeting of the Errigal Stakeholder Committee where the initial findings on the Errigal Mountain Path Study, conducted by Chris York were presented. The main focus of this work is to ensure the long-term care of Errigal by addressing the erosion problems on the mountain.

As part of the study, the various routes between the car-park and Errigal summit have been surveyed and recommendations have been made for how a more sustainable route can be provided. The early findings of the study indicate that this will be a long-term project, one that will require significant funding and which will involve the development of an agreed a vision for the overall management and protection of Errigal.

Both Chris York and the Errigal Stakeholders Committee have expressed their thanks to the landowners on Errigal and the members of the public who have contributed to the consultation process to date.  Walkers and climbers who were unable to attend the consultation event on Saturday 25th July can make their views known by sending an email to before Monday 10th August, or by phoning Chris on 089 9588942. Chris is also keen to get photographs of Errigal that show the condition of the path, from five or more years ago, as these would be very useful for demonstrating change over time. 

It is expected that the report on this project will be completed in September 2015 and presented to the landowners and the Errigal Stakeholder Committee. In addition to Donegal County Council and Mountaineering Ireland, the committee includes representatives from Coiste Forbartha Dhún Lúiche,  Donegal Local Development Company, Fáilte Ireland, Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre, the National Parks & Wildlife Service and Údarás na Gaeltachta. 

Mountaineering Ireland looks forward to working closely with  the stakeholders involved in this project. Through this collaborative approach it is hopedto secure the funding necessary to care for Errigal, and to implement best practice solutions which address the erosion problems and related visitor management issues on the mountain. Mountaineering Ireland is confident that this will be done in accordance with the Helping the Hills guiding principles.

Photo: Chris York (in blue) on site at Errigal with Eamon Boyle, Donegal County Council. Dennis Golden, North West Mountaineering Club is in the background.

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