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Achill/Corraun Area   Achill Subarea
Maximum height for area: 688 metres,   Summits in area: 16,   Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 22, 30 For all tops   Highest summit: Croaghaun, 688m
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Croaghaun Mountain 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

Height: 688m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 22/30 Grid Reference: F55962 06090 This summit has been logged as climbed by 224 members. Recently by: oldpragmatist, IainT, Lauranna, 21yearsgone, damo11, Secret-Five, Garmin, mgtrose, Barty1958, PollyM, Onzy, Aciddrinker, pslat, guestuser, Danger
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Longitude: -10.196495, Latitude: 53.984023 , Easting: 55962, Northing: 306090 Prominence: 688m,   Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 455944 806096,   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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghaun in area Achill/Corraun, Ireland
Picture: Saddle Head from the cliffs west of Croaghaun
 
Croaghaun from Keem Strand via Benmore Cliffs
by kernowclimber  14 Apr 2010
Croaghaun, a giant slumbering on the western end of Achill Island is not a mountain to be taken lightly. Indeed, everything in this remote part of Ireland seems to be on an epic scale: the cliffs, mountains and views. We parked at Keem Strand above a pristine golden crescent of sand hemmed in by steep cliffs and washed by azure waters, thought to be the location of the artist Paul Henry’s 1910 painting ‘Launching the Currach’. Climbing NW up a steep track to gain the cliff pathway near Carrickfaada, we spotted some violets shyly hiding amid tussocks of grass and the weather beaten shells of several ruined cottages nestled in the valley below, the faint ridges of lazy beds surrounding them speaking eloquently of the industriousness of the inhabitants that once coaxed a living from this land.

On the cliff path we turned north and paused to devour our sandwiches on the edge of land tilting steeply upwards like the prow of a battle ship relentlessly pounded by the restless Atlantic into vertiginous cliffs, savouring the smell of the briny breeze and the sound of waves booming into hidden zawns far below. Beyond Moyteoge Head with its abandoned coastguard watch-house lay Clare Island floating somewhere between sea and sky as if in a mirage, the distinctive shape of Knockmore just visible in the haze. Meandering on the path that rose and fell steeply above Benmore Cliffs we were finally treated to the sight of Achill Head, a crooked finger of land stretching defiantly out into the Atlantic Ocean for over a mile, ending with the sea stacks Gaoí Saggart and Carrickakin.

At F54624 05171 B we descended north of two lakes crossing the bog at the valley bottom to climb the steep stone and heather clad eastern slopes of Croaghaun. In the mid-afternoon heat and high humidity this proved to be an ordeal enlivened only by the fascinating geology of Dalradian quartzites and schists formed around 600 million years ago, many rocks sporting amazing patterns left behind by myriad lichens in shades of ochre, beige and burnt sienna. Walking over rocks resembling a decorative pathway studded with quartz pebbles that are 2 billion years old, swept down in an ancient deluge onto a floodplain from a mountain range in the former continent of Laurentia, gently reminds one of the fleetingness of human life when set against the immensity of geological time.

After a punishing ascent we reached Croaghaun SW Top, a pyramidal giant sliced away by glaciers on its seaward side during the last Ice Age. Great care must be exercised on the walk from here to Croaghaun as enormous slabs of sloping rock form terrifying cliffs some 668m above the turbulent ocean, where one slip would spell instant death. From the summit of Croaghaun are magnificent views east towards Saddle Head, Blacksod Bay and Slievemore and south towards Dooega Head. We then descended steep ground heading SSE meeting the road at F56446 04628 C above Keem Strand, completing our 9km walk in about 5 hours. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/4617/
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Took the advice of pdtempan and decided to take o .. by darrenf   (Show all for Croaghaun)
 
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