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Croghan Hill Hill Cnoc Cruacháin A name in Irish
also Brí Éile an extra name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Cruacháin [logainm.ie], 'hill of the little stack') Offaly County, in Binnion List, Volcaniclastic agglomerate Bedrock

Height: 234m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 48 Grid Reference: N48105 33113 This place has been logged as visited by 57 members. Recently by: ladyhawke1003, DeltaP, TommyV, markwallace, EdAl, Glanman2, Garmin, conormcbandon, k_mcdermott, jlk, dmcdevitt, eannanilamhna, wwwalker, muschi, Fergalh
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Longitude: -7.278457, Latitude: 53.346313 , Easting: 248105, Northing: 233113 Prominence: 159m,  Isolation: 25.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 648044 733141,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg234, 10 char: CrghnHi234
Bedrock type: Volcaniclastic agglomerate, (Agglomerate)

Brí Éile, '(fortified) hill of Éile', is the earlier Irish name of this hill. Éile (Ely) is a large territory covering parts of Offaly and Tipperary. Bearnán Éile (Devilsbit Mountain) is at the other end of it. The Hill of Croghan is the remains of an old volcano. A bog body, known as 'Old Croaghan Man', was found in the vicinity in 2003.   Croghan Hill is the 1318th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Hill in area North Midlands, Ireland
Picture: Looking south over peat bogs
 
Isolated old volcano with great views.
Short Summary created by simon3, jackill,  15 May 2016
Start at N48800 33000 A(very little room to park)next to gate and concrete hut, go through the gate (note this is private farmland) and follow the track uphill to the summit passing an old graveyard on the way and crossing one wire fence
.Excellent views across boggy plains from Irelands most isolated mainland summit, the remains of an ancient volcano. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1017/comment/5776/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Hill in area North Midlands, Ireland
Directions from R400
by melohara  11 Jul 2017
The village of Rhode, Co Offaly, is on the R400, 9 kms from Junction 3 on the M6 Dublin – Galway motorway. Leave Rhode on L1010, signposted Tyrrellspass & Croghan Hilll with Ryan’s Pharmacy on one corner, O’Toole’s public house on the other. After 6kms you reach the hamlet of Croghan, Turn right after the new school onto minor road and before you have travelled another kilometre you will pass Croghan Hill Challenge on the right hand side and reach Croghan Community Centre, the renovated old school which dates from 1930, at N 47470 32865 B. There is plenty of parking at the Community Centre. The area behind the Community Centre has been landscaped and is well fenced but at one corner a wooden frame / stile straddles the fence so it can be easily crossed. From the first field behind the centre a double barbed wire fence can be negotiated with care and a cow path followed all the way towards the grassy summit cairn. Another two strand barbed wire fence can be easily negotiated near the summit. The summit cairn is about 750 metres from the Community Centre and the height gained is about 100m. One can return to the M6 by continuing along the road to the charming village of Tyrrellspass where you emerge on the L1113, opposite Tyrrellspass Castle.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Hill in area North Midlands, Ireland
Picture: Croghan Hill - a lovely walk
 
wicklore on Croghan Hill, 2009
by wicklore  22 Jun 2009
Croghan Hill in Co. Offaly is listed on MV as the most isolated hill in Ireland – in effect it is 32 kms from the nearest MV listed hill, which is the Ridge of Capard in the Slieve Blooms. I climbed Croghan Hill on Sunday, and in doing so I completed my Local 100 hills, and also hit the 200 summit milestone all in one go! It would also be the first time our 5 ½ month old daughter would travel on my back in the immensely useful harness/rucksack we were given as a present!

Exploring the minor roads that circle Croghan Hill, we found a spot at N488 330 A where there is a gate and a small concrete hut. I had asked a local man on the way up about climbing Croghan and he had said there was no problem going up through the fields on this side. There is room for one car to park safely on the verge at the gate

Through the gate we followed a track that led in about 15 minutes to an old graveyard at N482 330 C. It is surrounded by an old stone wall, and there are steps to cross the wall for those wishing to explore the ancient graveyard. These are on the west side near a locked gate. Talking to another local, he told me that this is where St Brigid received her veil from St Macaille when she became a nun. Another story says that she received her veil in Meath, but set up her convent here at Croghan Hill. This all happened 1500 years ago so information is sketchy! Nowadays the graveyard is overgrown with long grass and nettles, but it has a lovely atmosphere.

The summit cairn and trig pillar are just a few minutes uphill from here. A barbwire fence between the graveyard and the summit is easily crossed. The cairn at the summit (N481 331 D) is covered in grass and cattle were grazing freely. The views are absolutely breathtaking – flat farm and bogland sweep away in all directions for dozens of miles. The uninterrupted views really give the sense of this being the most isolated summit. The hills of Wicklow, Cavan, Tipperary, Louth & Down are visible far away. Nearer by, peat operations are evident, with the towers of the peat power station near Kinnegad visible. The Slieve Blooms loom to the south. This hill is an absolute must for the views on a good day!

As mentioned by Audi-Anne, the locals have a tradition of climbing this hill on St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick himself is said to have visited the hill, and St Patrick’s Well is on the north side of the hill just off the road. The farmer we spoke to on the way down told us that there used to be boxing matches and all sorts of revelry on the hill, but that some of the old ways are dying out. He confirmed that there is no access problem with climbing the hill on this side (east side), and said that it is a popular route up with locals.

Our baby really enjoyed her first walk in the harness, and it was an easy 20 minute stroll up to the summit. This is a highly recommended walk for both occasional strollers and seasoned walkers alike! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1017/comment/3875/
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Family Friendly Morning Stroll
by salamander  3 Oct 2011
Had a great morning in August climbing Croghan with my wife, three daughters 8, 5 and a six month old on my back. Were advised by very friendly shopkeeper to park at the community centre mentioned in youngjohns post. A timber stile is provided to hop the fence behind the centre. Easy enough climbing as one passes the Croghan Challenge assault course (which made me wheeze for breath just looking at it!) Again hopped a few barbed fences, drove a few disgruntled cattle and arrived a the top where we enjoyed the view and ate our picnic. We would have enjoyed the views for longer had it not been for a very persistent wasp! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1017/comment/6554/
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Picture: Stunning views from little Croghan Hill
Views all around.
by csd  15 Aug 2010
Taking the obvious road out of Rhode and turning right, the exact co-ordinates of the gate where you can park one car and head up the slope are N48852 33016 E. It's shortly after the boreen that leads left off the road you're on (ignore this), and look out for the tiny concrete hut. If you wish to avoid the field here for reasons of livestock, then the adjacent field (to the left looking up the hill) can also be used -- there's a gate further back up the road.

As the other contributors have mentioned, Croghan's isolated location affords stunning views that belie its relatively modest elevation. Today's beautiful weather and an ND grad filter enabled me to take some lovely shots. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1017/comment/6011/
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Small but mighty.
by ChrisJefferies  7 Nov 2011
First I'd like to thank previous posters. If it weren't for them I'd have never have known that this hill was accessible. It always appeared that the hill was private and not walkable.

We had a great few hours walking up and sitting on the summit. The Wicklow mountains and Slieve Blooms were easily seen from the summit and because of the flat surrounding area the views of Westmeath & Offaly were stunning. We also parked at the small concrete hut and walked from there as we couldn't find the old school/community centre (does anyone have a map ref for it?) Next time we will park by the cemetery just before the junction to the lane and walk the lane as well. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1017/comment/6615/
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