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Blackstairs Mountains Area
Maximum height for area: 794.4 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 706.4 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 68 For all tops   Highest summit: Mount Leinster, 794.4m
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White Mountain Mountain Dho Bran A name in Irish
also previosly Bran Scultair an extra name in English
Carlow/ Wexford County, in Arderin List, Pale, fine to coarse-grained granite Bedrock

Height: 509m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 68 Grid Reference: S78598 40081 This summit has been logged as climbed by 92 members. Recently by: theredyin, Kiwitrekker, strangeweaver, lw24, Wilderness, Geo, millsd1, liz50, maike, walker26, Ulsterpooka, Garmin, muddyboots, mountainmike, Kennyj
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Longitude: -6.843225, Latitude: 52.50687 , Easting: 278598, Northing: 140081 Prominence: 134m,   Isolation: 1.6km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 678529 640127,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Wht509, 10 char: WhtMntn509
Bedrock type: Pale, fine to coarse-grained granite, (Blackstones Type 2 Equigranular Granite)

Máire MacNeill, discussing the customs associated with Caher Roe's Den, reports: Lesser piles along the top of the mountain-ridge are called after Fionn's dog, Bran, which is said to have leaped from one pile to another (MacNeill, 225). Bran Scultair and the nearby Dho Bran appear to be two such names, though their precise meaning is not clear.   Dho Bran is the 535th highest summit in Ireland. Dho Bran is the most southerly summit and also the second most westerly in the Blackstairs Mountains area.

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White Mountain or Cooliagh
by barryd  1 Feb 2012
There are at least six 'Brans' (granite tors) along this ridge of which Bran Scultair aka The Aerial Brans is just one. In the course of preparing mapping for this area, as far as I can see to date, the general name for this ridge, particularly from the Wexford side is White Mountain. The name might originally come from the rock outcrops on the Wexford side at the southern end but now seems to apply to the hill as a whole.
Patrick Kennedy's stories published in the mid 1800's, routinely refer to White Mountain. However he also uses Cooliagh in places for the same ridge and I suspect this is the older name, possibly from the Carlow side as that is much rockier - as in Liath. The gap between White Mountain/ Cooliagh or Carraigalachan and Blackstairs, where the old road crosses is known as The Meeting, after the pattern day, I think. However again the older name is the Cooliagh Gap or Mam a Chuliagh according to Kennedy. This pass was in regular use at the time of his writing for people journeying from Rathnure district across to Borris etc. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/446/comment/6672/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Dho Bran in area Blackstairs Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Bran Scultair's strange summit outcrop
murphysw on Dho Bran, 2008
by murphysw  4 May 2008
To access the road to the summit, drive to S758364 A. This is the start of the road to the summit, which begins just after the Piano Gallery (???). The main road swings to the left, ours goes straight. Despite being marked as a track, its actually in great nick for an unsealed road and is more than suitable for an ordinary car. There is a barrier near the bottom so beware being locked up on the Blackstairs for the night! You can park the car anywhere, depending on how much work you want to do. I parked at S784393 B and took the path to the summit of Ballycrinnigan Rock, with its summit cross and Millenium Altar. From there its a straightforward stroll to the top of Bran Scultair with its mast and strangely perched trig point. The views over Carlow and to Brandon are superb especially when you do not have to break sweat to get there! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/446/comment/3081/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Dho Bran in area Blackstairs Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Wide white track visible on Carrigroe. Carriglachan and Blackstairs beyond
wicklore on Dho Bran, 2009
by wicklore  14 Jul 2009
There is widespread forestry that covers the eastern slopes of the Bran Scultair – Carrigroe – Carriglachan ridge of hills. This forestry stops abruptly at the top of the ridge, and the western slopes are relatively free of forest growth. Therefore from Bran Scultair it is simple to handrail this forestry along the ridge north for the 3 ½ km walk to Carriglachan via Carrigroe. As if this wasn’t an easy enough route to follow, there has been an almighty track gouged out of the bog along the ridge. This extends from Bran Scultair to beyond Carrigroe. It is up to 15 feet wide in places. There is another 4 foot wide strip alongside this track made up of the debris that was dug up to create the track. This track must have been created to facilitate forestry operations but it really seems like overkill. It appears like a white scar on the landscape and is highly visible along its length. The whiteness is because of the stone and rock that is the base of the track. It stops just before the drop to the col north of Carrigroe, and the rest of the journey to Carriglachan is along a more traditional wide boggy track. Complaints aside, the track makes the route easy to walk, and the views are great to the west. As murphysw has said, it is possible to drive the car as far as you want along the forest tracks, even to within a half kilometre of the summit of Bran Scultair. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/446/comment/3939/
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walker_hollick on Dho Bran, 2004
by walker_hollick  16 May 2004
There is a mast at the top and it is possible to drive to this using forest tracks. Alternatively
you can start at GR S 809 410 C about a mile and a half from Rathnure - there is parking for
about 2 cars next to a bridge. From here you can follow forest tracks up to the col between
Blackstairs and Carrigalachan and from here follow the ridge in a roughly southerly direction
to Bran Scultair. From there either retrace your steps or follow forest tracks back to the start.

I found OS 68 to be quite accurate regarding depiction of tracks. Navigation is fairly easy, the trickiest part is probably finding the start. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/446/comment/968/
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milo on Dho Bran, 2002
by milo  2 Aug 2002
A small top to end a long ridge. A stony tricky area for solo walkers. Descent to the west can be a navigational challenge Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/446/comment/56/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Dho Bran in area Blackstairs Mountains, Ireland
Picture: View towards Blackstairs mountain from Bran Scultair
Lesser known Blackstairs
by Kennyj  26 Feb 2015
Climbed Bran Scultair yesterday taking in Carrigroe and Carriglachan as well.Following the road out of Rathnure from Killanne I took the first right hand turn,then right at the next junction and then left onto Ballybawn lane.Follow this narrow road to its end there is parking for two or three cars just at a bridge over a tributary of the river Boro.I then followed the forest track uphill ignoring the first left hand junction upto where it swings around to the left.After about 50 metres take the right hand turn and then up a rough track on the left, there are a couple of trees down across this track and its best to stay to its edges as the mud is knee deep in spots.
This track leads to a wide track transversing the ridge with Carriglachan to the right and Carrigroe and Bran Scultair to the left.The track handrails the forest on your left with some great views of the countryside and Brandon hill in the distance.This track can be quite uneven and rocky in places but makes for easy walking nevertheless.Bran Scultair is marked with a Trig point on a rocky outcrop as well as a couple of masts.Its possible to return via forest track to the main starting track but not been a fan of these I returned the way I came.The wide track also gives a good approach to Blackstairs mountain via Cathaor Roes den and its one to try in the future.Distance 9.8 km, time taken 2 hours twenty mins with a stop for lunch.High point 508 metres. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/446/comment/17852/
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