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Achill/Corraun Area   Corraun 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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Corraun Hill Mountain Cnoc an Chorráin A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc an Chorráin [OSNB*], 'hill of the hook') Mayo County In Arderin List

Height: 524m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: L75406 96048 This summit has been logged as climbed by 64 members. Recently by: chalky, garrettd, Onzy, Oileanach, fingalscave, sandilandsn, davnet, Cobhclimber, turfymccloud, scobrien8, poopoobasto, Aongus, billywar, tphase, Lug032
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Longitude: -9.896217, Latitude: 53.898923 Prominence: 103m,   Isolation: 2.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 475382 796058,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crn524, 10 char: Coraun Hil

The large peninsula, which is very nearly an island, lying between Achill and the mainland of Mayo is called Corraun (Ir. Corrán Acla, 'sickle of Achill'). The name may refer to the shape of this hill or perhaps to the promontory Gubnahardia, near which the village of Corraun is situated. Corraun is part of the parish of Achill. For a walk on the S slopes of Corraun Hill, see Siúlóidí Acla, walk M.   Corraun Hill is the 409th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Corraun Hill in area Achill/Corraun, Ireland
Picture: Corraun Hill from Bunanioo Bridge
 
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Short Summary created by Harry Goodman  20 Oct 2011 (1) Bunannio Bridge Route: Straight forward with easy access to the hill. From F763 011 (Point A) on the R319 go S to L737 943 (Point B). Take the well made track E up to a T junction L751 948 (Point C), turn left and follow track to its end L749 950 (Point D). Go NW up the hillside for some 1.2k over short heather to the summit trig pillar L7540696048 (Point E). Return by way of ascent. (2) Belfarsad Bridge Route: From L748 985 (Point F) just N of the bridge take the track SE to L766 977 (Point G). Leave track and continue SE to the start of a prominent spur L768973 (Point H). Follow the spur steeply up SW for about 1k to L757 966 (Point I) where the slope eases and then go SSW. Once on the flatter ground of the Plateau go SW across to the summit trig pillar at L7540696048 (Point E). Return by route of ascent. This route offers an opportunity to view the precipitous north facing cliffs of the hill and its deep sided corries and loughs not seen on the more direct but easier route 1. If climbing Corraun Hill it is well worth considering taking a looped walk which also includes the slightly higher Corraun Hill E Top. To do so descend SE to a broad saddle at L761 957 (Point J) (Pt 421) and pick up the route from this point as described in the short summary for Corraun Hill East Top.
Point A: F763 011 Point B: L737 943 Point C: L751 948
Point D: L749 950 Point E: L75406 96048 Point F: L748 985
Point G: L766 977 Point H: L768 973 Point I: L757 966
Point J: L761 957

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Corraun Hill in area Achill/Corraun, Ireland
Picture: Looking S to Corraun Hill from Knockle tragh
Views! what views?
by Harry Goodman  20 Oct 2011 Climbed this hill on Wed. 12 Oct 2011. Our intention was to start from Belfarsad Bridge but the blanket of thick mist covering the Plateau made me opt for the simpler climb from Burnanioo Bridge some 4.5k further south along the same road. To get to the start we turned S off the R319 at F763 011 and followed the minor road for about 7.5k to L7364793890 (Point K) where we parked in the church car park on the left. Locals advised that it was quite in order to park there. We walked back north along the road for 500m, crossing the Burnanioo Bridge on the way to L737 943 where we turned right up a well made track for about 1.4k to a T junction L751 948. From here we turned left and followed the track along a short way to its end L749 950. It was then a straight forward climb SE up the hillside for about 1.2k to the summit trig pillar L7540696048 and a nearby cairn. Unfortunately the thick mist still persisted and we did not enjoy any of the fine views commented on by other mv members. As we also wanted to include Corraun Hill South we headed down SE to a wide but mist covered saddle (Pt 421). Coming down in the mist we were a little confused by what appeared to be a large expanse of water directly below us, especially as it was not shown on the map. On closer inspection the "lough" proved to be simply a very large area of shallow water caused by 2/3 days of continuous rainfall ! Anyone wishing to only climb Corraun Hill could either retrace their steps from the summit or come down to Pt 421 and then go SW down to the origional access track F751 948 (Point L) which could then be followed down to the start.
Point K: L73647 93890 Point L: F751 948
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Picture: Clare island and Achill Beg from Corraun Hill
 
Corraun Loop
by Secret-Five  20 May 2010 Walked the Corraun loop on 16-05-10, a dry and partly overcast day. Entered via the forest road into the Coillte plantation off the Multanny to Achill Sound road -about 4 km past Mulranny. Followed the good track through two gates keeping left at the junction after the second gate, continuing for 500 metres more and then making straight for the nearest valley on the left, the one in which Loch Culleylea is located. The going was easy and the route straight up to Coraun East Top, from behind the lake, was a bit of a scramble at times, but more than made up for by the splendid views in all directions. Continued on to Corraun Hill, from which Clare Island and Achill Beg came into view. Easy and dry underfoot. The view back to Corraun East Top was particularly beautiful, looking East-North-East, with Glennamong and the Nephin Begs forming the back-drop in the distance.
Dropped down to Knockacorraun Lough, hardly a prettier and more lonely little corrie lake to be found. Headed back to the start keeping south of Tawnytruffaun loch, where the going got a bit soft, then immediately turning north and heading around Lough Cam and on across the northern shore of Loch Laur. Picked up and followed some waymarks which bring you back to the forest road and completion of the loop.
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Picture: Dark and light
A view of Corraun from the south west
by wicklore  21 Jul 2014 This view of a dark and brooding Corraun in the background contrasts sharply with the bright green grass, white sands and aquamarine water of sunlit Achillbeg island, just across the narrow sea to Corraun's south west. Knockletragh, 452m, is just visible as it pokes its rounded summit over Corrauns left shoulder. Bungalow Bliss is visible all around Corrauns southern flanks.
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Picture: Knockacorraun Lough
 
by darrenf  15 Mar 2010 It must be hard for Corruan Hill to have such mountains as Croughaun, Minuan, and Slievemore as its neighbours. Prehaps Corruan Hill is somewhat overlooked when deciding on a route in the area of Achill, only 22 members logged as climbed Corraun Hill compared with 94 for Croughaun and 82 for Slievemore. Ok ok I must now put my hand up....as it happens I would easily have overlooked this pretty hill if it was not for the fact I was staying in a quaint little house along its broad base!!!!! With Corraun Hill taunting us from every view in the house it was inevitable we would become better acquainted.

Living in Dublin its very unusual, for me anyway, to start a days walking in the hills from the front door, but it was a great feeling to pull the door behind me and walk right past the car! We decided to approach Corruan from the south so off we set up the road past the church and school. There is a track marked on sheet 30 at L737944 (Point M) and this seemed like the obivous route. The track is more of a bog road used by locals as a means to cut and haul turf but it provided excellent access to the foothills of Corruan Hill.

At the top of the track there is a branch to the left and one to the right. We took the branch to the left which peters out very quickly into a small area of active cut bog. Navigation is very straight forward and a bearing was taken to the summit of Corruan. The going was very firm under foot but steep in places. Great views on offer in almost every direction. It wasnt long before we reached the trig pillar. Views all across Corruan and indeed Achill itself open up. Almost immediately the abundance of Loughs to the north side of Corruan appear. Without even realising you are drawn closer to them and before long find yourself leaving Corruan and heading in the general direction of SH 421. On route the spectacular corrie lake of Knockacorraun comes into view. A siren drawing you ever closer. There has never been a more obvious choice of lunch spot!

Corruan east top is a given from here, and worth the small investment as further dramatic corrie back walls and gullies appear. This could easily hold a light to Minuan or Slievemore surely? For our return leg we retraced our steps back toward SH 421 but shot off in the direction of the head of the Bunanioo River. On this occassion the river did appear to be mostly dried up but the bed was clearly evident and could be used as a handrail to bring you back to the bog track at roughly L756946 (Point N). Following this track will bring you back down to the road at L737944 (Point M). Corruan Hill may be overlooked but is definitely not to be wrote off.....
Point M: L737 944 Point N: L756 946
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Picture: Achill Island from near Corraun East Top
by pazapas  3 Jun 2007 The walk I did to Corraun Hill and Corraun Hill East Top starts from the Belfarsad bridge. Follow the stone track for around 1.5km. Then turn to your right in direction to Tawnytruffaun Lough. You will then see a steep shoulder. Follow its ridge. When you reach the plateau, turn to southwest to the cairn and the trig point (524m). Go to southeast and when you reach a col, turn to east to reach the East summit (45min-1h). A cairn is waiting for you (541m). Be careful in bad weather, there are some cliffs to the north. From east top, go further with an east direction. You should see a cairn. Turn to northwest 500m before and follow the shoulder. At this point, the main direction is the corner of a forest near Lough Laur. The ground is wet in this area. Walk along the fence and then the east shore of the lough. Continue in a west direction, you should find the rocky track you followed at start few hundred meters after passing north to Lough Nambrackkeagh.
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