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Gravale
Droibhéal
Gravale Wicklow.jpg
Gravale (highest) with Carrigvore (right) from SE
Highest point
Elevation 718 m (2,356 ft)
Prominence 123 m (404 ft)
Listing 100 Highest Irish Mountains, Hewitt, Arderin, Simm, Vandeleur-Lynam
Naming
English translation difficult passage
Language of name Irish
Geography
Location Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Parent range Wicklow Mountains
OSI/OSNI grid O1049009420
Topo map OSi Discovery 56
Geology
Mountain type Granite with microcline phenocrysts
Climbing
Easiest route from the Sally Gap, or along the R115

Gravale (Irish: Droibhéal, meaning difficult passage) at 718 metres (2,356 ft), is the 79th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin scale, and the 98th–highest peak on the Vandeleur-Lynam scale. Gravale is in the middle sector of the Wicklow Mountains range, in Wicklow, Ireland. Gravale sits on a north-east to south-west "boggy ridge" that forms the "central spine" of the whole range, which runs from the Sally Gap, to Carrigvore 682 metres (2,238 ft), to Gravale, and after a col to Duff Hill 720 metres (2,360 ft), which is part of the larger massif of Mullaghcleevaun 849 metres (2,785 ft).

Gravale's prominence of 123 metres (404 ft), does not quality it as a Marilyn, but does rank it the 45th-highest mountain in Ireland on the MountainViews Online Database, 100 Highest Irish Mountains, where the minimum prominence threshold for inclusion on the list is 100 metres.

Naming

According to Irish academic Paul Tempan, the historian Eoin MacNeill, writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (JRSAI), thought that the Irish name "Drobeóil", as listed in the Metrical Dinsenchas, had survived the mountain name "Gravale". Tempan also notes that historical maps of the estates in which Gravale lies suggest that the col between Gravale and Duff Hill was known as "Lavarna" or "Lavarnia", from the Irish "Leath-Bhearna", meaning "half-gap", and that this was likely a difficult trail from the Blessington lakes area to Lough Dan.

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