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Cashel Hill Hill Cnoc an Chaisil A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc an Chaisil [OSI], 'hill of an Caiseal or the stone
ring-fort')
Galway County, in Binnion List, Hornblende metagabbros & metanorites Bedrock

Height: 311m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L80000 43600
Place visited by 45 members. Recently by: Damian120, Wilderness, mdoc1969, StephenH16, Oileanach, markwallace, IainT, mFrank, Buny Clare, Jaak, markmjcampion, eamonoc, frankmc04, bryanmccabe, fieldoptic
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Longitude: -9.806098, Latitude: 53.429045 , Easting: 80000, Northing: 243600 Prominence: 285m,  Isolation: 3.1km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 479976 743623,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CshlHl, 10 char: Cashel Hil
Bedrock type: Hornblende metagabbros & metanorites, (Metagabbro and Related Lithologies)

Cashel / An Caiseal is the name of a settlement south of the hill, and also a townland. The townland is named from the earth- and stone-banked 'ringfort' or cashel surrounding the old cemetery in Caiseal Ard / High Cashel. This is probably an Early Christian religious site (TR, 72). Walks: for a route to the summit from the SW, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 30.   Cashel Hill is the 1130th highest place in Ireland. Cashel Hill is the second most westerly summit in the South Connemara area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cashel Hill in area South Connemara, Ireland
Picture: Cashel Hill
 
Connemara in the Sun
Short Summary created by liz50, Buny Clare,  27 Mar 2017
Climbed on Tuesday 07th June , 2 hrs 45min return. I went up the track from the road after the entrance to Cashel House Hotel and just before the church L80303 42385 A. Walked past the graveyard and through 2
gates to L80749 43076 B and walked around the base of the hill to the South Side I actually went too far south as it was not necessary , the southern side is more challenging . Great views of the Bens and Mamturks.
I did not return the same way and came all the way down the South side directly to the gardens of the Castle House Hotel. Before the Hotel grounds , I was delayed for 10 mins looking for a gate in order to avoid having the climb the stone wall. I would say it could be a very wet boggy walk in normal weather but the recent long dry weather made it easy on the foot. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/947/comment/5706/
 
walk info
by fkaatje  14 Jan 2012
Cashel Hill is a nice short hill walk. Easy access and excellent views. Can easily be done in 2 hours. For a full day in the hills consider combining it with one of the other great viewpoints in this area. Errisbeg and Cnoc Mordain are both under 20 minutes by car.

I found a detailed description of the walk at http://www.roundstone-connemara.com/Roundstone-Walking-Courtesy-of-the-Roundstone-House-Hotel/Cashel-Hill-Walk.html. I left my GPS track at http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/user.do?name=fkaatje. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/947/comment/6654/
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Picture: The rocky upper part of Cashel Hill is good for some clambering.
Hill by the bay
by fieldoptic  5 May 2015
Parking at the church at L80291 42396 C you can pass through the gate to the left side of the church as you face it, up the slope. This boithrín leads to the graveyard at L80714 42976 D. The graveyard contains the easily discernible circular ditch of the original caisel or ringfort that gives the hill and townland it's name. To the north of the graveyard through a gate is a maintained holy well. Passing the graveyard on your right hand side you can go through a gate onto open ground and the hill rises away to your left. The lower slopes are easily traversed being grassy but there's a decent rocky clamber to the top. Views are excellent in all directions with the full southern flank of the Bens laid out before you, Lissoughter and the Maams, Roundstone bog, Errisbeg, and the bays to the south, all beautifully arranged. This is also fantastic spot to watch a sunset over the lakes of Roundstone Bog or the Bens if you're properly equipped with torches for a descent in the late dusk.

For extra interest, though out of the way of the best route there is one of the surprisingly few megalithic sites in Connemara on the SE flank of the hill at L79279 43217 E, a wedge tomb, well preserved.

Cashel hill, could be taken in in a day including Errisbeg & Cnoc Mordáin as suggested finishing with a drink O'Dowd's of Roundstone maybe Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/947/comment/17975/
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Access info.
by vanczyz  6 Jul 2010
Access is really easy. On the left hand side of the church behind the gate there is a nice easy road that takes you up to the old cemetery. You might leave your bicycle at the start or take it with you to the end of this road. This walk on foot takes 10/15 minutes. From the cemetery to the hill, the way is also easy. It is unmarked, but this is not a problem, as there is no other hill around ;). After maybe 30 minutes you can reach the top. I've just come back from there. Really nice views: Twelve Pins, Maumturk Mnts and south Connemara. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/947/comment/5923/
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Picture: Cashel Hill trig with Derryclare in the background.
 
Fantastic views.
by paddyhillsbagger  9 Jan 2012
A pleasant little top with rewarding views of the Twelve Bens from the summit. Well worth a visit if you have a spare hour and still some oomph in your legs for a short steep climb. Fantastic views to seaward too. Just follow route described by vanczyz and you can't go wrong. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/947/comment/6652/
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Access info?
by jkforde  27 Jun 2010
Could someone post info on the access to Cashel Hill - thanks, it'd be a nice reason to get off the bike on a loop of Cashel Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/947/comment/5905/
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