Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Overview
Detail
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Detail Map Features
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.
Videos
Users Online:
Guests online: 120
Recent Contributions

Only 2 weeks to go

Westaston Hill: The top?

Wild SE Inishmore

Barranisky: Barniskea or Barniskey

Gubacarrigan: Coastal Hill

Pic d'Anie

Rosgalliv Hill: Coastal Hill

Pic et Lacs d'Ayous

a man's word

Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill

Pic des Trois Seigneurs

Rostoohy Hill: Coastal Hill

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions.
General information about the site is here.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk see conditions.
Credits and list definitions are listed here Credits
Video display
West Clare Area
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 51, 52, 57, 58 
Highest place:
Slievecallan, 391m
Maximum height for area: 391 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 365 metres,
Rating graphic.
Slievecarran Hill Sliabh Cairn A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Cairn [logainm.ie], 'mountain of the cairn') Clare County, in Binnion List, Nodular & crinoidal limestone with chert Bedrock

Height: 326m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 52 Grid Reference: M32478 05443
Place visited by 71 members. Recently by: Cathal-Kelly, ColinCallanan, sinhel001, IainT, tagoona, conormcbandon, hivisibility, lw24, cravaxe, Buny Clare, murney, omurchu, Miranda, breandandalton, curus_lulus
I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -9.008682, Latitude: 53.095585 , Easting: 132478, Northing: 205443 Prominence: 211m,  Isolation: 3.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 532442 705475,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvcrn, 10 char: Slvcrn
Bedrock type: Nodular & crinoidal limestone with chert, (Ballyelly Member)

There is a substantial cairn on the summit named Carnbower.   Slievecarran is the third highest hill in the West Clare area and the 1097th highest in Ireland.

Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/927/?PHPSESSID=0l45svtna01ut3nba946jqb883
COMMENTS for Slievecarran 1 of 1
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecarran in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Slievecarran from Abbey hills summit
 
Karst cliffs and flowers
Short Summary created by jackill,  9 Jul 2011
Park beside the gate and information board around M3304 0329 A. From here, head through the gate and along the track across the limestone pavement. You soon pass through another gate in a wall, from where you can head off the track up the hill to the left.
Veer off to the obvious shoulder, left of the cliffs. Follow this up over steep, broken limestone ground, the trickiest part is early on, where you have to cross a large wall, amongst thick hazel scrub, on top of a 3m rock step.
From here, veer right above the cliffs, until you reach the large, flat summit plateau, which is surprisingly grassy and agricultural. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/927/comment/5686/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecarran in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Wall in the saddle between Slievecarran and Turlough Hill
Turlough Hill loop walk
by fkaatje  29 Jan 2012
I bagged Slievecarran from the SW on Sunday January 29th 2012. Looking for a bit of a challenging loop walk on the map I decided to try a horseshoe walk traversing Gortaclare Mountain, Slievecarran and Turlough Hill. Parked the car at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre M28402 06087 B. While most of Ireland is in the rain today, it is a lovely mostly sunny afternoon in the Burren. I first aim for Gortaclare Mountain, so I start with 2 km road walk. I take the first road left. On the right side of this road is a scenic lake, which I can’t find back on the map. I guess this must be one of those turloughs which have only water in winter. Where the road takes a sharp bend to the west M28656 04028 C, I go straight on into a green road past some farm buildings. Follow this scenic road up in a general SE direction, ignoring two branches going north. The road has a few gates. One of them has the familiar sign informing me I am entering farm land and unauthorised access is not allowed. Shortly after this gate a 4WD comes up the road with high speed. I wait at the side of the road expecting my very first angry Irish farmer encounter. However it is a woman with her daughter and the dog. They drive up for a walk. When I ask about access she just says no worries and moves on. The green road passes close to a mass rock and then ends just below the summit area of Gortaclare Mountain. The actual summit is almost 2km NE, but you will be hard pushed to determine its exact location on the broad fairly level summit area. It’ is also very green here with grass, heather and a few hazel trees. Very unlike the bare Burren hills closer to the ocean. Not really easy going either on slippery grass over wet limestone and numerous hidden holes. I continue on NE gradually rising up to the broad summit plateau of Slievecarran. The large summit cairn is at the north end of this plateau. After a short break, taking pictures and enjoying the view. I descend a cliff and head north for the saddle leading to the Turlough Hill ridge. Gradually there is a bit more limestone underfoot and the going gets easier. I follow a guide wall leading west in the direction of the summit cairn. From the summit I can see all the terrain I have negotiated so far this afternoon. Also great views towards Galway Bay and the familiar Burren landmarks of Oughtmama, Abbey Hill, Moneen Mountain and Ailwee. After the summit, and negotiating another steep cliff, there remains not much more than to follow the wall down SW. At a height of around 120 m I head straight west, steep down towards a lane M28771 05850 D which leads back to the main road. 4.5 hours after departing, and with 15.5 kilometres underfoot, I arrive back at the car. A really fine walk with great views and a good variation of grass and limestone underfoot. Also, I had the hills to myself today only sharing with the cattle and the hares.

I left a gps track for this walk on Wikiloc (http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/user.do?name=fkaatje). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/927/comment/6670/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecarran in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Looking across Slievecarran nature reserve and South Galway
 
Slievecarran
by scapania  3 May 2010
I'm surprised Slievecarran hasn't been commented on already, seeing as its so prominent, interesting and accessible, so I'll give a quick rundown of some of its many charms. It may not be very tall or dramatic, but it catches the eye from lots of places around Galway city and Salthill, rising across the bay with its flat summit, prominent cairn and grey limestone sides. It also holds your attention when driving along the Galway to Gort road, being particularly enticing when the winter sun shines on its grey flanks.

Its easy to climb Slievecarran from the nature reserve southwest of Kinvarra, just park beside the gate and information board around M3304 0329 A. From here, head through the gate and along the track across the limestone pavement, where the typical Burren flora is present in abundance, especially in late April/May. Among many others, you cant miss the cushions of Dryas octapetala, the mountain avens, with its white flowers, prominent yellow stamens and lobed leaves. You soon pass through another gate in a wall, from where you can head off the track up the hill to the left.

However, a trip to the ruined church and holy well is not to be missed, so follow the path onwards, under the cliffs of Slievecarran, where eagles apparently once nested. The ruins of the church and its attendant holy well (at M3286 0425 E) are located in a delightful area of hazel woodland, there's also a small cave just up the hill.

Once you've explored the church, head back towards the second gate and veer off to the obvious shoulder, left of the cliffs. Follow this up over steep, broken limestone ground, the trickiest part is early on, where you have to cross a large wall, amongst thick hazel scrub, on top of a 3m rock step. From here, veer right above the cliffs, until you reach the large, flat summit plateau, which is surprisingly grassy and agricultural. Head in a northerly direction, aiming for a prominent concrete cattle enclosure, over heavily poached ground. Once through the enclosure the huge summit cairn is in sight. In the last couple of hundred metres before the summit the rare, beautiful Arctic-Alpine Spring gentian, Gentiana verna, with its blue trumpet-like flowers, is very abundant. From the cairn, on a clear day, there should be nice views of Galway Bay and city, as well as up to Connemara. From here I retracted my steps, but you could continue down to the north and back around to the church, but I have a feeling you might have a lot of difficult hazel scrub to push through. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/927/comment/4596/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecarran in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Mountain Avens
Mountain Avens for Scapania
by paddyhillsbagger  24 May 2010
Having got Wood Anemone mixed up with my Mountain Avens, I eventually came across the real Mountain Avens on the hills of Burren. Many thanks to Scapania for putting me right! I did find more of the Avens on Abby Hill rather than Slievecarran but its about on both. Also came across the Spring Gentian as described on above comment so no need for the guide book. A delightful hill with stunning views in the glorious sunshine. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/927/comment/5822/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecarran in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Abbey Hill & Oughtmama from Slievecarran
 
Annual christmas walk
by kaygeebee  3 Feb 2015
Looking at this prominent hill in the Burren since I came to Gort in 1999 I always intended to to climb it one day.. Myself & 3 brothers climbed it 2 weeks ago for our annual christmas walk. Starting at the information board in Keelhilla, we crossed the style & headed over the flat limestone in a N direction. Going over the gate at the limestone wall we took a SW route over more difficult limestone terrain toward the obvious shoulder of Slievecarran. Care needs to be taken across here & it proved the most dangerous part of the climb with 6 inch fissures in the rock so every step needs to be considered. The limestone is gradually stepped as you approach the next wall which runs northsouth behind a Hazel border, which isn't too thick and is easy to negotiate. Negotiating this wall is the most difficult part of the climb as it sits on a rock step 1m high. There's no style, and care needs to be taken crossing it. Once over, the hill begins its rise to the NW and we passed left of a concrete water tank. We then had the steepest part of the climb in a NW direction over a series of limestone steps coming to another limestone wall. Once over, we saw a concrete cattle enclosure to the N & went directly towards it. From here, the cairn marking the summit of Slievecarran is clearly visible directly N. A flat walk of 10 minutes over mixed grassland/limestone gets you there. The summit of 326m is the 2nd highest in the Burren after Sieve Elva at 344m. We had views of Galway City & Bay, the 12 Bens, the Slieve Aughty Mts, Coole Park & south Galway as well as excellent close up vistas of Oughtmama & Abbey Hill to the NW, Ailwee to the W & Bouleevin to E. Make sure to visit the impressive crater, a 5 minute walk to the NW. It is about 50m deep x 140m across and almost perfectly round. A great aerial view of it is visible via satellite view on the viamichelin.com website. Just be very careful here as the sides are vertical & the lip lies directly below a few feet of grass the far side of a limestone wall. We returned from Slievecarran the route we went up, & the whole trek took 3 hours at an easy pace including 20 minutes for refreshments. Well worth the visit after coming down was the trip to the ruins of MacDuagh's Church & Holy Well (St Colman), which lies at the foot of the Slievecarran cliff face ( Eagles Rock). He was a recluse here for 7 years in the 600s AD. Later, he co founded the monastery at nearby Killmacduagh in the 7th century (see the stcolman.com website for full story). The day was dry but dull in mid winter when we climbed & I would imagine that on a clear day in summer, that the views from the summit of Slievecarran would be inspiring & I am surprised that it is not commented on more often. It is the most prominent peak looking across Galway Bay from Salthill, & is visible to the W all the way to Gort on the road out from Galway. Though it took me 15 years, I definitely intend to do it again, god willing, this summer. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/927/comment/17800/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
The Rocky trail
by Buny Clare  13 Jun 2010
Having previously climbed Abbey Hill and Slieve Elva, last Thursday we decided to make the trip to Slievecarron.
Armed with an old two inch map of the Burren we parked our car just off the N67, where the green road joins the Carron road. We noticed a track on this map which appeared to go all the way to Slievecarron from where our car was parked.
Well, of course, we allowed for the fact that tracks are not exactly tracks in the Burren.
Having parked the car, M3117010180 F, we crossed the road and entered
a field via a gate.
We headed south for Slieve Oughtmama (833) , then on to Hillfort with Turlough Hill very near us over to the west.
At that stage we observed, further south ,the large Cairn on Slievecarron and calculated that we had another hour and half to get there. Arrived at 17.00 hrs , having left at 14.00 hrs.Walking on a mixture of limestone and patches of grass ,my companion was fascinated by the formation of the limestone. For the return, we almost retraced our steps except we avoided the climb up Slieve Oughtmama, deciding wisely to walk below on the westerly grassy patches and from there we joined the Carron road where we walked NE for ½ mile to our car. Walking in the Burren can be tiring because of the concentration required when walking on the Limestone.,so some refreshment was called for down on the waterfront at Newquay. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/927/comment/4672/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
(End of comment section for Slievecarran.)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence)
"ASTER+": Hillshade and Contours
Courtesy of Tiles GIScience Research Group @ Heidelberg University More detail here
MountainViews.ie Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 11 Million Visitors Per Year. 1200 Contributors.