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Croaghaun Mountain Achill Island Island Cruachán A name in Irish
(Ir. Cruachán [logainm.ie], 'little stack') Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, X-bedded psammites and schists Bedrock

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Height: 688m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 22/30 Grid Reference: F55961 06091 This place has been logged as visited by 235 members. Recently by: PaulNolan, pwbellarby, tommyclarke, sj-byrne, AndrewH, peter1, DavidWalsh, TommyV, livelife2thefull, Geo, Reeks2011, oldpragmatist, IainT, Lauranna, 21yearsgone
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Longitude: -10.196559, Latitude: 53.984075 , Easting: 55961, Northing: 306091 Prominence: 688m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 455940 806102,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crghn, 10 char: Croaghaun
Bedrock type: X-bedded psammites and schists, (Croaghaun Formation)

It was the tradition for local children to pick berries on the mountain on the last Sunday of July, known locally as Garlic Sunday (apparently a corruption of 'garland') (MacNeill, 191). Walks: for a cliff-top walk near Achill Head, see Siúlóidí Acla, walk A. Previously Tonacroaghaun in MV.   Croaghaun is the highest mountain in the Achill/Corraun area and the 131st highest in Ireland.

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darrenf on Croaghaun, 2010
by darrenf  15 Mar 2010
Took the advice of pdtempan and decided to take on Croughan from the Acorrymore side on the weekend of 5th March 2010. It seemed like such an obvious approach when reviewing the map as all other approches appeared long and steep. We pulled up to the carpark at Lough Acorrymore (F578058 A) on what was a glorious March morning, dare I say possibly near perfect conditions for Croughan. The carpark is located at the very end of the road that is clearly indicated on sheet 30. There is plenty of space for parking at this location and also a number of lay-bys that could accomodate one or two cars at various locations along the road too.

We set off from the carpark and headed around the south side of the lake. As mentioned by pdtempan there are various trails which can be picked up and indeed most seem to head for the bowl over Lough Acorrymore. Instead we decided to head for spot height 474 and approach Croughaun directly from there. The going was extremely good underfoot with spectacular views behind us right across Keel strand, Minuan, and the entire island. As SH 474 is reached the ground levels out and offers some restbite before the ascent of Croughaun in earnest. The climb is steep but short lived, and its not long until the breathtaking sea cliffs and awe inspiring coastline below Croughaun appear, almost out of nothing. One could easily spend hours up here just admiring the beauty in every direction. The one down side I did find with this route was that we missed out on the cliff walk (and no doubt splendid views) from Keem strand carpark and up above the old lifeguard station, but alas all the more reason for a 'next time'.

From Croughaun we walked north along the cliff edge toward SH 574. As I said the conditions on the day could not have been better. Clear skies, sun, absolutely no wind, firm layer of snow and frost underfoot and more importantly no mist. However I would definitely support the comments from fellow MVers with regard to the dangers lurking up here on a misty or windy day. Care should be taken. The views walking along the ridge between Croughaun and SH 574 are reason enough to make the trip (see further photos below). Having come this far I wasnt about to leave without a glimpse of the infamous Bunnafreva Lough. It truly is well nestled behind the cliffs below 574 and hangs precariously close to the sea cliffs. From here we reluctantly headed for home by simply skirting around the cliffs north of Acorrymore and making a knee jerking descent to the shore of Lough Corryntawy. A short hop brought us back to the car. Just under 7km in total, and a trip I will without doubt be making again. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/4501/
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On Friday Jan 2nd a group of us went to Croaghan .. by cathalferris   (Show all for Croaghaun)
 
The infamous Bunnafreva Lough West...the most dra .. by darrenf   (Show all for Croaghaun)
 
View from Achill Head .. by pn_runner   (Show all for Croaghaun)
 
Started at Keem car park and walked along the cli .. by david bourke   (Show all for Croaghaun)
 
This synthetic landscape shows the west end of Ac .. by simon3   (Show all for Croaghaun)
 
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