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weedavie
2007-10-04 13:20:55
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P.D.Tempan in his fascinating article on hill names across the Celtic lands (http://mountainviews.ie/features/names/intnames2/TempanMtnNamesInter2.htm)asked for examples of Corran outside Ireland. I got confused because I thought he was just looking for hills and there aren't necessarily lots of mountains of the sickle (Carrauntoohil). But he's said he's happy with any geographical feature so let me throw in the Erse corran - primary meaning a sickle but further down comes a promontory - tends to get attached to a narrow tidal place but emphasises that the meaning is the jutting piece of land that causes the rip rather then the water flow itself. Also in the north-west it's the raised sand or gravel bar where a river deposits into a loch or the sea. Anyway place names such as Corran (the headland on the west where the ferry from Ardgour runs across Loch Linnhe) or Corran (a river mouth spit below Beinn Sgritheal) are cases in point.

What put me on to this was reading Iain Thomson's Isolation Shepherd. This is a memoir of shepherding at the end of Loch Monar in the late 50s. It's a desolate spot, now flooded by the creation of the Monar Dam in 1960. 5 of the hardest to get Munros (all highly attractive) lie round the loch end, so a lot of us have been privileged to look down on the site of the book. His home was connected to the road that eventually connected to civilisation by boat transport on the loch. The corran, the sand spit which was mostly underwater unless the loch was low is key to many tales, whether getting cattle across the head of the loch or running the boat across it with a blizzard blowing. Go on read it, it's a tale of a vanished lifestyle.

The Monar Dam which swept it all away was part of the Scottish Hydro-Electric project and could maybe give us pause for thought about the current windpower craze. While its social program was half-realised, it brought electricity to the highlands and islands, it didn't bring industry and after construction finished didn't supply employment. Scotland doesn't really have big enough river basins to support hydro power so it's mostly not dependable enough. Sure, it's now there and green enough in it's way but was it worth it? The jury's out. The wind-farm enthusiasm doesn't even have the undoubted social agenda that drove the hydro boys. It's more like factory forestry, a tax-break for a new century.
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Ballinagee Bridge to Hollywood (Western Half of St. Kevin's Way)
jgfitz 2 days ago.
This is the first half of St. Kevin's Way, but walked in reverse direction. This pilgrim route normally starts in Hollyw walk, Len: 14.9km, Climb: 195m, Area: Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland)

  
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Knocknafallia: Summit Found
CaminoPat 2 days ago.
Walked to Knocknafallia from Knockmeal on Sunday 18 February to location of stone cairn which includes a passage grave on the eastern side of Knocknafallia. The cairn is located at Irish Grid S 0...

  
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Lake District: Loughrigg Fell
Onzy 3 days ago.
Up and down to a solitary Wainwright above Ambleside. walk, Len: 5.0km, Climb: 278m, Area: Loughrigg Fell, Lake District - Central & ...

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Lake District: North Central Fells
Onzy 3 days ago.
Walk above Derwent Water taking in 5 Wainwright hills; Walla Crag (Not listed on MV), Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High... walk, Len: 17.3km, Climb: 727m, Area: Bleaberry Fell, Lake District - Central

  
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Truskmore: Access update 18 Feb 2018 from carpark at IG78210 48924
ColinCallanan 3 days ago.
I had intended to summit Tievebaun and/or Truskmore, and had also hoped to check out "Eagles rock" using the car park as a start point at IG78210 48924, so I proceeded to park my car at this offic...

  
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Lake District: Above Troutbeck
Onzy 3 days ago.
Walk taking in 3 Wainwrights from Troutbeck, Sour Howes, Sallows and Troutbeck Tongue (not on this site). The extensi... walk, Len: 13.8km, Climb: 721m, Area: Sour Howes, Lake District - Eastern Fell

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How's this for a mountainview?
mcrtchly 6 days ago.
The majesty of the otherworldly night sky over the iconic Vestrahorn massif in SE Iceland. The moon had just risen and illuminated the snow-crested mountains, whilst the Milky Way arched overhead ...

  
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Knockanaffrin South Top: Steep Ascent
peter1 3 days ago.
There is ample parking at the trailhead, where a number of circular walks start and finish. Approaching the Knockanaffrin ridge from the East, provides a number of options once Coumduala Lough is ...

  
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Meelmore the concluding argument
BleckCra a week ago.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, the case of :-Meelmore, what the place name means in English.BleckCra -v- Ptempan.Summing up for the prosecution.The defendant avers and publishes that the Mounta...

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Gleniff Horseshoe
Aidy 5 days ago.
Headed out last Sunday to climb Tievebaun, but the lightning put me off. Got some great views in the Gleniff Horseshoe as a consolation.

  
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An enjoyable route up to Tievebaun with stunning views into Donegal.
ColinCallanan 3 days ago.
This was a very enjayable walk. We started in the carpark which has an information board titled "Eagles rock". walk, Len: 6.6km, Climb: 448m, Area: Tievebaun, Dartry Mountains (Ireland) Ti

  
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Mount Kennedy: Find the wall going north to south (or vice versa) over the summi
Bunsen7 a week ago.
I had to laugh when I looked at the tracks on the site and compared it to my own from O2276 0476. If I were to upload it there would be three tracks all of which reached the summit but took an unn...


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