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West Clare Area
Maximum height for area: 391 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 365 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 51, 52, 57, 58 For all tops   Highest summit: Slievecallan, 391m
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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 This summit has been logged as climbed by 67 members. Recently by: tagoona, conormcbandon, hivisibility, lw24, cravaxe, Buny Clare, murney, omurchu, Miranda, breandandalton, curus_lulus, kaygeebee, TommyV, Caithniadh, chalky
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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 1095th highest in Ireland.

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Karst cliffs and flowers .. by group   (Show all for Slievecarran)
Turlough Hill loop walk .. by fkaatje   (Show all for Slievecarran)
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Slievecarran in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Looking across Slievecarran nature reserve and South Galway
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. 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/
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Mountain Avens for Scapania .. by paddyhillsbagger   (Show all for Slievecarran)
Annual christmas walk .. by kaygeebee   (Show all for Slievecarran)
The Rocky trail .. by Buny Clare   (Show all for Slievecarran)
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