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West Clare Area   NE: Burren East Subarea
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 51, 52, 57, 58 
Highest place:
Slievecallan, 391m
Maximum height for area: 391 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 365 metres,

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Abbey Hill Hill Cnoc na Mainistreach A name in Irish (Ir. Cnoc na Mainistreach [], 'hill of the abbey') Clare County in Munster Province, in Binnion List, Bedded & massive fossiliferous limestone Bedrock

Height: 240m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 51 Grid Reference: M30110 10369
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Longitude: -9.045096, Latitude: 53.139543 , Easting: 130110, Northing: 210369 Prominence: 165m,  Isolation: 5.5km
ITM: 530075 710401,   GPS IDs, 6 char: AbyHl, 10 char: Abbey Hill
Bedrock type: Bedded & massive fossiliferous limestone, (Aillwee member (lower))

The name refers to Corcomroe Abbey, which is located on the south side of the hill, near Bell Harbour (Bealaclugga). Walks: for a walk to the summit of Abbey Hill and around the N slopes, see Kevin Corcoran, West of Ireland Walks, 43-50, or Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 24-25.   Abbey Hill is the 1303th highest place in Ireland. Abbey Hill is the most northerly summit in the West Clare area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Abbey Hill (<i>Cnoc na Mainistreach</i>) in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: From the road to the west
Straight forward ascent over limestone slabs
Short Summary created by jackill, Djouce  30 Jul 2012
Park at M31208 10189 A a grassy unpaved road, room on one side for 5 cars. Abbey Hill is a popular walk in North Clare. Walk west along this track to a gap in the wall on your left at M31111 10471 B then follow rough tracks over limestone shelves to the summit marked by a cairn at a wall junction.. On a clear day there are great views to the north over Galway Bay. On the other sides it is surrounded by the bare limestone hills of the Burren.The hill is called after Corcomroe Abbey on its eastern slopes. Linkback: Picture about mountain Abbey Hill (<i>Cnoc na Mainistreach</i>) in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Corcomroe Abbey
Three in One
by TommyV  25 Oct 2018
Starting at the farm track at the top of the Corker Hill at M31202 10188 C, the views are visible immediately on the short walk up to Abbey Hill which can be accessed from the farm track at M31108 10466 D. Descend down the back of Abbey Hill to the splendid Corcomeroe Abbey at M29472 08937 E. Cross a field which will bring you to a road, follow this north for about 100 meters where there is another track at M29704 08664 F. Follow this track which leads to the Oughtmana Churches at M30595 07885 G. At the back of the churches there is a gate which leads out on to Turlough Hill. The first 100 meters is quite slippy and there are some briars closing in on the trail, but after this there are no issues climbing to the large cairn at the summit of Turlough Hill . From here follow a ridge north east to spot height 2251 and then north to Oughtmana summit. From Oughtmana descend north back to the start point. Fantastic views but be careful not to get distracted from the craggy terrain underfoot. Linkback:
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Picture: Oughtmama from Abbey Hill summit
route suggestions and loop walks
by fkaatje  28 Jan 2012
Abbey Hill is a nice short climb which rewards you with splendid views over the Burren and Galway Bay. It is also a rather popular walk and on a sunny Sunday afternoon you won’t be alone on this summit. I often take visitors from abroad up here as it is a great quick introduction to the Burren limestone landscape. The three most obvious routes are:

1. From the east. Leave the car at M31212 10187 H and follow the green road west until a gap in the wall at M31107 10468 I. From here straight up west to the summit.

2. From the north. Either same parking as route 1, or west at St. Patricks church M28630 10124 J. Follow the green road up until a gap in the wall at M30005 10878 K. From here follow a trail up west until you bump into the wall that will guide you all the way to the summit; first south then southeast. This route offers some easy scrambling up several small limestone cliffs.

3. From the south. Park at Corcomroe Abbey M 29440 08935 L. The 13th century abbey ruins are worth the short visit. Over the wall or through the gate into the field west of the abbey. Straight up north until you meet the wall that guides you up NE all the way to the summit. This route also negotiates a few easy cliffs.

Route 1 and 2 combined give you a nice loop over Abbey Hill. For a longer loop consider taking in the nearby peaks of Oughtmama and Turlough Hill. I describe a route Bell Harbour – Turlough Hill – Oughtmama – Abbey Hill – Bell Harbour on Wikiloc (

As a side note: My personal opinion is that Turlough Hill offers a much better challenge than any of the West Clare summits listed on MountainViews. It’s a real pity it misses the 150m prominence criterium (the saddle connecting it to Slievecarran is just 100m lower than the summit). The same applies to other Burren peaks like Moneen and Gleninagh Mountains. Apart from offering a better challenge than the listed mountains, they are striking landmarks in the Burren; clearly distinguishable from the Salthill prom 20 km across Galway Bay. Linkback:
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Picture: Clints and Grikes
Karst landscape at its finest
by wicklore  18 Jul 2014
The Burren is a 300 sq km region of Co. Clare which is famous for its karst landscape. This manifests itself as magnificent endless exposed limestone plateaus, rocky hills and dramatic natural clean-cut steps and stairs and blocks of rock. Beneath lie breathtaking cave systems that are still being explored. While walking on the plateaus one encounters these ‘blocks’ of rock which are called ‘clints’. The cracks or fissures between them are called ‘grikes’. These require care as the rock of the ‘clints’ can be fractured and displace, and an unplanned step into a ‘grike’ could result in a leg or foot injury.
Abbey Hill shows these clints and grikes at their finest and they allow for an entertaining ascent from the start. In places trees and tangled bushes grow out of the fissures whcih makes the descent in particular to the north very interesting in plaes! Linkback:
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Picture: Abbey Hill Summit 09/04/2016
A snowy April morning.
by JMarc  9 Apr 2016
An easy walk close to Kinvarra. Linkback:
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Picture: View from the top
Easy hike with the added bonus of some great scenery
by Damian120  21 Aug 2016
A nice climb that is definitely not too taxing but at the same time offering up some great scenery of the Burren. Most of the hike is over the traditional Karst limestone that this an intrinsic part of the north Clare region. Some great elevated and unique views of Corcomroe Abbey at the rear of the hill Linkback:
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