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West Clare Area
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 1291th highest place in Ireland. Abbey Hill is the most northerly summit in the West Clare area.

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Straight forward ascent over limestone slabs .. by group   (Show all for Abbey Hill (Cnoc na Mainistreach))
Three in One .. by TommyV   (Show all for Abbey Hill (Cnoc na Mainistreach)) Picture about mountain Abbey Hill (<i>Cnoc na Mainistreach</i>) in area West Clare, Ireland
Picture: Oughtmama from Abbey Hill summit
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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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Karst landscape at its finest .. by wicklore   (Show all for Abbey Hill (Cnoc na Mainistreach))
A snowy April morning. .. by JMarc   (Show all for Abbey Hill (Cnoc na Mainistreach))
Easy hike with the added bonus of some great scen .. by Damian120   (Show all for Abbey Hill (Cnoc na Mainistreach))
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