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Garraun South Top Mountain For origin of name, see Garraun. Galway County, in Arderin List, Schists, grits, metavolcanics, mylonitic Bedrock

Height: 556m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76332 60570 This summit has been logged as climbed by 98 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, mgtrose, wwwalker, trevorf, Aciddrinker, eoghancarton, eoindunlea, conormcbandon, mountainmike, Wilderness, David-Guenot, kakamaka17, Caithniadh, simoburn
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Longitude: -9.867896, Latitude: 53.580633 , Easting: 76332, Northing: 260570 Prominence: 31m,   Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 476312 760595,   GPS IDs, 6 char: GrnSth, 10 char: GrnSthTp
Bedrock type: Schists, grits, metavolcanics, mylonitic, (Ben Levy Grit Formation)

The townland south of this top, running down to Kylemore Lough, is Lemnaheltia (Ir. Léim na hEilte, 'the doe's leap'). It appears on Mercator's map of Ireland (1595) as Dosleape. This must originally have been the name of a mountain or cliff. According to legend Fionn Mac Cumhail's dog Bran pursued a doe here. When the doe leapt from the summit, Bran fell from the cliff into the lake. Most likely it refers to the steep south face of Doughruagh overlooking Kylemore Lough and Pollacappul Lough, though Doughruagh is not in Lemnaheltia but the neighbouring townland of Pollacappul. Variations of this story can be found throughout Ireland. In Kerry, for instance, there is a lake named Lough Brin (Ir. Loch Broin, 'Bran's lake') south of the Reeks. Previously Lemnaheltia in MV. Altnagaighera is the name of a spur to the W which is lower than Garraun South top but more sharply defined.   Garraun South Top is the 401st highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Garraun South Top in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: pic:Colin Murphy - Altnagaighera from Garraun South Top
Unremarkable Grassy Top
Short Summary created by Onzy,  10 Jun 2014
Garraun South Top is situated in the less-visited northern half of the Twelve Bens, separated from the more prominent hills by the N59. It lends itself well to being combined in routes with other hills, particularly Benchoona and Garraun itself, but also Doughruagh further southwest. The summit itself is an unremarkable grassy mound marked only by a handful of stones. 800m out the western spur however, lies the more satisfyingly craggy Altnagaighera (not an MV listed hill) with a great impression of exposure.

The most direct way to this summit alone would be to ascend by the obvious spur to its south and east. Park on the road at the southern end of Lough Fee (L804 596 A) and head north along a farm track skirting the western side of the lake. At around L800 600 B, head west over featureless and wet ground onto the spur. This could be combined with visits to Benchoona and Garraun, before descending by the eastern spur off Garraun and back to Lough Fee.

A more challenging route begins from the northern end of Lough Fee (L780 621 C), and ascends the eastern spur of Benchoona before heading south to Garruan South Top itself. This route is best left for a dry day with good visibility. It is also better for ascent than descent.

Garraun South Top can also be reached from Lettergesh to the northwest, beginning at L74958 63413 D and ascending over Benchoona to the summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/347/comment/5107/
Altnagaighera. From here, eternity does not seem .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all for Garraun South Top)
Reading the comments on Garraun South Top, I noti .. by padodes   (Show all for Garraun South Top)
Garraun South Top itself is an unremarkable grass .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Garraun South Top)
This misty panorama shows the dark Doughruagh to .. by simon3   (Show all for Garraun South Top)
Lough Knappagh stands at the foot of the dark Dou .. by simon3   (Show all for Garraun South Top)
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