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Caherconree Mountain Cathair Conraoi A name in Irish
(Ir. Cathair Conraoi [OSI], 'Cú Roí’s stone fort') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Aeolian sandstone Bedrock

Height: 835m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 71 Grid Reference: Q73317 07260 This summit has been logged as climbed by 226 members. Recently by: Eirepur, wjnunan, IainT, Martinpeak, Wilderness, eamonoc, ericjones, Humpelman, brendevlin, DaveMc, PeakPaul, tommccarthy, brieno, Michael-n, muddyboots
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Longitude: -9.853696, Latitude: 52.203029 , Easting: 73317, Northing: 107260 Prominence: 129m,   Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 473296 607314,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Chrcnr, 10 char: Caherconre
Bedrock type: Aeolian sandstone, (Kilmurry Sandstone Formation)

A narrow but easily passable ridge connects this peak to its higher neighbour, Baurtregaum. Caherconree is named after a stone fort situated two-thirds of the way up its western flank, overlooking the mountain road called Bóthar na gCloch ('road of the stones'). This is an inland promontory-fort, consisting of a natural projecting ledge surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, the fourth side being defended by a stone wall. In legend this is the fort of Cú Roí mac Daire, hero of Munster, who was able to make it spin around at night to perplex any attackers looking for the entrance. The best known story connected with it relates how Cú Chulainn attacked the fort with the aid of Blathnaid, the daughter of the king of Man, whom Cú Roí had taken, none too willingly, for his wife. Blathnaid taunted Cú Roí that his fort was too small for such a magnificent chieftain as himself, and when the walls were down during the construction of bigger fort, she poured milk in a stream (now the Finglas River, from Ir. An Fhionnghlaise, 'the white stream') as a signal to Cú Chulainn that the moment was right to attack. For a fuller account of the story, see The Dingle Peninsula by Steve MacDonogh, pp. 31-33. Nor is this the hill's only legendary association. The summit is known as Fin Mac Cool's Table, while a rock feature on the northern ridge connecting to Gearhane is called Fin Mac Cool's Chair.   Caherconree is the second highest mountain in the Slieve Mish area and the 27th highest in Ireland.

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a well fortified summit .. by group   (Show all for Caherconree)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Caherconree in area Slieve Mish, Ireland
Picture: Narrow grassy ridge going NE.
simon3 on Caherconree, 2005
by simon3  9 Nov 2005
You can select from various ways to reach Caherconree depending on circumstance and weather. For long interesting Kerry views of far off mountains over shimmering seas go high level via Gearhane or Baurtregaum. For a fabulous enclosed glacial valley as mentioned by ssmith, walk upstream beside the Derrymore river. For history and the quickest route go up from Beheenagh Q713063 D past the promontory fort.

The summit has a small cairn, nothing much, but great views on a good day.

Much of the rock here is red sandstone, however there are a couple of variations of this. Immediately to the north of the top is sandstone with bits of various heat changed rocks. However around 500m north of the summit, there's a band of sandstone with roundish white quartzite stones, a bit like golfballs. As this erodes, these hard golfballs freed from millions of years being incarcerated in sand, start to roll around, no doubt to be washed down to the sea where, yes, they get stuck in mud or sand for another half billion years. Interestingly also, there is a huge fault line passing the summit and the north of Derrymore Lough which can be found extending 20km SW. The geological layers to the south of the summit are far lower than those to the north.

The photo shows the route NE towards Baurtregaum. As Seán Ó Súilleabháin says perhaps best not to visit in mist, though I would be more concerned about high winds. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/26/comment/2048/
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In the Snowy Footsteps of Cú Chulainn .. by ciarraioch   (Show all for Caherconree)
They were a hardy lot .. by wicklore   (Show all for Caherconree)
After a beautiful walk up Derrymore Glen, a tough .. by ssmith   (Show all for Caherconree)
A wonderful viewpoint. Done as part of a round fr .. by Peter Walker   (Show all for Caherconree)
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