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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 SW Top Mountain For origin of name, see Croaghaun. Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Quartz pebble conglomerate and schists Bedrock

Height: 664m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 22/30 Grid Reference: F55365 05842 This summit has been logged as climbed by 171 members. Recently by: crankechick, simoburn, hivisibility, Rob_Lee, chalky, rayw, CharlieFox, HillmanImp, douginireland, muschi, tphase, murphyman, markmjcampion, frankmc04, Derry_Danderer
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Longitude: -10.205349, Latitude: 53.981641 , Easting: 55365, Northing: 305842 Prominence: 39m,   Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 455355 805849,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrghSW, 10 char: CrghnSWTp
Bedrock type: Quartz pebble conglomerate and schists, (Keem Conglomerate Formation)

This is a lower top just 600m W of Croaghaun itself. A little caution is required on the summit in poor visibility due to the precipice to the N. Offshore winds, which can blow walks towards or even over the cliffs, are not unknown here.   Croaghaun SW Top is the third highest mountain in the Achill/Corraun area and the 166th highest in Ireland. Croaghaun SW Top is the second most westerly summit in the Achill/Corraun area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghaun SW Top in area Achill/Corraun, Ireland
Picture: Croaghan SW Top from Croaghan summit. Achill Head background right.
A cliff-top perch
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman, scapania,  20 Oct 2011
Park at the end of the road at beautiful Keem strand (F560 042 A) and head up the steep slope west and then SSE to the cliff edge on Moyteoge Head around F557 037 B. Once there it is worthwhile walking about 200m SE to the old signal station at Pt 198, for the sweeping view around the S and W coast of Achill. Follow the rough track along NW for about 1.5k to F545 048 C, enjoying the views. From here, if you have a good head for heights and plenty of time, a detour can be made out to rugged Achill head to the west, otherwise, head down NE to the broad col with Croaghaun F547 050 D past two small loughs and then go very steeply up heathery slopes to reach the south west top, from where the ground opens up in front of you to reveal the ocean far below. Return by way of ascent or more likely, having done the hard work, contour NE around the high rim of the almost sheer NW face for about 600m with little ascent to the top of Croaghan. Take particular care in windy or misty conditions. Return by way of ascent down to the col and follow the stream back down SE past Pt 194 (F549 048 E) to the starting point on Keem Strand. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/166/comment/4926/
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Picture: Ghostly face on Croghaun SW Top
wicklore on Croaghaun SW Top, 2009
by wicklore  23 Mar 2009
This is Croghaun SW Top in all its glory. It is a very worthy climb with spectacular views east over Achill and beyond, and west almost to New York. (I said almost!) Plus there is the added bonus of being on the only summit in Ireland with a giant ghostly face on its seaward facing cliffs. (Or is it just me that sees it?) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/166/comment/3676/
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Picture: Serenity
wicklore on Croaghaun SW Top, 2009
by wicklore  23 Mar 2009
If lucky enough to be on Croghaun SW Top on a good day the views south and south east are spectacular. On the left are the cliffs of Minaun with Croagh Patrick in the distance beyond. On the right is Knockmore on Clare Island, and further back is the Mweelrea range on the right with the Sheeffry's to the left. Croghaun could indeed be a candidate for a remote and isolated mountain-however the sprawl of holiday homes in Keel and around Achill Island are visible to the east taking away somewhat from the remote feeling. Also there was a constant stream of jet trails in the sky as this must be a major route for cross-Atlantic air traffic. But don't despair-just don't look up or to the east! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/166/comment/3677/
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Picture: Summit of Croghaun SW Top
wicklore on Croaghaun SW Top, 2009
by wicklore  23 Mar 2009
The question has been asked if Croghaun SW Top really qualifies as a separate summit. I can tell you that after the steep climb up to it, and with a drop of 664 metres to the sea below just feet away it certainly felt like a seperate summit. From Croghaun or Achill Head it appears to be pyramid-shaped. My photo shows a close-up of the bulbous summit. Be warned-a steady easterly wind blows here, even during the excellent weather last Thursday. This easterly wind will easily help unwary walkers over the edge to oblivion. I would certainly classify this as a separate summit, albeit an easy to reach offshoot of the main Croghaun summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/166/comment/3675/
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Picture: Croaghaun
gerrym on Croaghaun SW Top, 2007
by gerrym  28 Aug 2007
As with most others I started this walk from the carpark at Keem, the road to here has to be mentioned for its unhindered drops to the sea below. From the ample carpark at the blue flag beach a 20 minute climb reaches the old signal tower at the start of a long line of cliffs ending in Achill Head. From here there are unending views over the Atlantic, to the big hills of Connemara (Mweelra, Sheffrey Hills and Twelve Bens) and the Nephin Begs and cliffs of Menawn. Ahead there is 3 km of cliffs jutting skyward, with the sound of the waves pounding below and the wind howling atop the ridge. On reaching Achill Hill it looked a promising side trip, but not in the wind today, another time definitely. Drop steeply downhill to cross a stream not far above sea level - the climb ahead taunting all the while have been dropping and it has been rising. Fascinating sitting watching the Atantic swell here as it drops and rises about 2-3 metres against the rocks, exploding into white spray.
After the stream the ascent of Croagaun begins on grassy slopes. The wind was really howling and i found it difficult to walk upright at times - out to sea the wind lifted spray from the crests of waves high into the air. Pass a large isolated boulder and the ground changes in character, becoming more rocky. Great perspective of Achill Head from this height. Views out to a small island with a light house which is just off the map so i don't know its name. There is a level area before a short rise to the SW top and the cliffs of Croagaun come into full spectacular view. From the clear top earlier in the day cloud was now floating around the summits. The views are fantastic, especially 2000 ft down to the Atlantic below, although i nearly had to lie down to peer over the edge in the wind. Continued on to the summit itself. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/166/comment/2185/
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tiktiktik3 on Croaghaun SW Top, 2004
by tiktiktik3  8 Aug 2004
For our second climb in 2003 we decided on Croaghaun, Achill Island. When you drive over the bridge connecting Achill Island with the mainland just follow the road until you can't go any further. Some parking is available just above a nice small sandy beach and there's even a little sanitary building (free) by the side of the parking lot . We went through the Bog (passed a white house on the right) and started going uphill towards the Atlantic Ridge. Along the way you pas the ruins of a long deserted farm house. Provides for great picture’s but also a silent testimony to the great famine and the forced emigration across the waters. We kept going up until we reached the ridge and got a great view over the Atlantic and the cliffs dropping down almost vertically to the buldering ocean below. Ones your here you have the choice of going to the left and towards another ruin at the outer point overlooking the sea or if you feel up to it to the right along the cliffs ridge slowly going up, the views are splendid and its all fairly easy going. when you reach the end of this ridge, again you are presented with two choices, left goes to Achill Head furthest point and offers great views of the ridge cliffs seen sideways or you can go right towards Croaghaun. We took right. This meant we had to decent a bit (boggy again) and then move upwards again along Croaghaun's flank and to make our way towards its summit. halfway up we started coming in and out of clouds some had rainy drizzle in them making the trail somewhat slippery and although a bit better prepared than on Groag Patrick we got wet and chilled. What else is new… As we climbed on, at about one third of the summit I decided it was becoming to dangerous as this was only our second climb and visibility had shrunk to a circle with maybe 1 meter and half diameter around us. So I reluctantly but wisely decided to stop going up and head back down roughly the way we came. As we descended from Croaghaun and there was no need to climb the Head’s Ridge again we turned left towards the general direction we remembered the white house would be as soon as we could. This meant a prolonged slow mystical journey through drizzle and misty bog with visibility almost zero by times, it was not that hard to imagine we where the only people left in this part of the world in fact during the whole climb except for the sheep we only saw one lonely fellow soul from a distance climbing upwards towards Achill Head. We waved our silent salute and continued going down. Every step asked for thoughtful placement as by times you sunk down almost to your knee if you weren’t careful. As we came lower and lower the mist cleared and soon we walked in sunshine again and passed another set of deserted houses. Only trouble we experienced after that was the attack of hordes of wee little stinging fly’s that rose up from the bog in search for food. The way they attacked us, we've must have looked as a 5 star restaurant on leg’s passing by... Surrounded by clouds of them we run the last stretch to the car and headed back to our cottage in Bohola. Although we never reached the top of Groaghaun (that time around) it was a great experience not to be forgotten. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/166/comment/1066/
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