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Croaghaun Mountain Achill Island Island Cruachán A name in Irish
(Ir. Cruachán [logainm.ie], 'little stack') Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred, Irish Islands Lists, X-bedded psammites and schists Bedrock

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Height: 688m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 22/30 Grid Reference: F55961 06091
Place visited by 256 members. Recently by: LordKelvin88, jamesmforrest, Juanita, tsheehy, hak493r, chrismcc, CaptainVertigo, Ulsterpooka, mountainmike, thomas_g, murphysw, ckilm, FrankMc1964, pearnett, simon3
Island visited by 398 members.
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Longitude: -10.196559, Latitude: 53.984075 , Easting: 55961, Northing: 306091 Prominence: 688m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 455940 806102,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crghn, 10 char: Croaghaun
Bedrock type: X-bedded psammites and schists, (Croaghaun Formation)

It was the tradition for local children to pick berries on the mountain on the last Sunday of July, known locally as Garlic Sunday (apparently a corruption of 'garland') (MacNeill, 191). Walks: for a cliff-top walk near Achill Head, see Siúlóidí Acla, walk A. Previously Tonacroaghaun in MV.   Croaghaun is the highest mountain in the Achill/Corraun area and the 131st highest in Ireland.

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cathalferris on Croaghaun, 2009
by cathalferris  5 Jan 2009
On Friday Jan 2nd a group of us went to Croaghan from the bog road between Dooagh and the Deserted Village.
We started out at about 11am, fairly well kitted out for the near-freezing almost clear conditions and the strong easterly wind.
It's a nice trek along the bog around the old lifeguard station. The bog was (mostly) frozen which made the trek so much more enjoyable!
We passed along the saddle above Annagh beach and approached the summit ridge above Lough Corrymore from the northeast, threading the line between the seacliffs and the corrie cliffs. The views are pretty good on the way up, seeing small lakes in the peat on hte ridgelines, and the ice crusting up all of the heather and grass around us.
From the start the terrain is mostly standard hilly bog, fairly dry and crispy in the cold though. After crossing the head of the stream that drains the eastern slopes at about the 380m contour the terrain changed to a drier more rocky ground underfoot which made the progress much easier. Of the 9 that started out the trek, only 3 of us considered from here that we had the will and the equipment at this stage to enter into the clouds that were shrouding the summit. The rest decided to turn and make their way back in case the conditions worsened. The easterly gales were a bit of an issue to be honest, as we were well aware of the shape of the cliffs just over the ridgeline to our west as we progressed along the ridge and climbed up the steep final climb. As we were crawling up to the cairn, we turned to watch the clouds roar up the hanging valley and whistle past our heads while the cairn area was actually in relative calm. The descent was nice and quick retracing our steps back towards Crumpaun, reaching our start point at about 16.30.
It's a really nice hike though we were lucky to be there after a few days of sub-zero conditions that had nicely frozen the surface of the bog. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/3509/
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Picture: On the shores of Bunafreva Lough West
 
From the north
by lennyantonelli  31 Aug 2012
Haven't seen this route described on MV previously so here goes — to my mind it beats both the ascent from Lough Accorymore and from the Keem Valley. Being car-less, on Tuesday we walked the bog road from Dooagh towards the deserted village under Slievemore, taking a track heading west at an old mine up onto the hillside and up to the old signal tower west of Slievemore at 194m. We carried on west to the next spot height of 2?2m (the middle digit is worn out on my map), before starting the descent down to Annagh Strand and Lough Nakerooge.

The landscape shifted dramatically here. on the south side the hills here were bog, but on the steep descent to Annagh we had to fight our way through thick ferns and heather, and the huge bulk of Croghaun shielded us from the westerlies. This was my first time at Annagh — for those who have only seen it from the ridge above, the descent to this remote beach and lake is a must. I was tempted to take a dip in the sea, but with rain and strong winds forecast, thought I'd better stay dry for as long as possible.

We carried on west to Bunafreva Lough East and then to the second lake named Lough Nakerooge, which is almost as impressive as the first. I've long thought about spending a night or two camping in this part of Achill and the grassy, sheltered (in westerly winds) land around here would be a perfect place to make camp. This felt like one of the remotest spots I've visited in Ireland, second only to the Nephin Begs (though I'm still a novice when it comes to Kerry and Donegal).

We carried on out to Saddle Head, and having struggled to get a real sense of Croghaun from the Keem Valley before, I was floored by the expansive view here, taking in almost the full breadth of these giant cliffs. We followed a ridge up and south, which led us right into the amphitheatre of Bunafreva Lough West (318m). Having only seen it from above before, standing here was quite the treat. Robert Lloyd Praeger described this route (though in the reverse direction) as "one of the most exhilarating walks in Ireland", and said Bunafreva Lough West was "a place so lonely and sterile and primeval that one might expect to the see piast or other Irish water monster rising from the inky depths of the tarn".

We scrambled up the corrie wall on the south east side of the lake — a slippy, steep ascent to the summit plateau of Croghaun at around 480m. We opted against heading to the summit — the skies were darkening, the peak was covered in cloud and my ankle was starting to niggle  — so we made our way down to the car park at Lough Accorymore. Croghaun always gives you panoramic views of weather systems moving in from the Atlantic, and we could see see a huge wall of rain approaching from the south west. Before long it was on top of us, and as our attempts to hitch back to Keel failed, we walked the last few miles to our hostel in the pouring rain. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/14786/
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darrenf on Croaghaun, 2010
by darrenf  15 Mar 2010
The infamous Bunnafreva Lough West...the most dramatic Lough in the land...????? Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/4504/
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Picture: Croaghaun, from Achill Head
 
View from Achill Head
by pn_runner  22 Oct 2010
The rarer view of Croaghaun from the tip of Achill Head, taken in Feb2010. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/6143/
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Picture: Me on Croaghaun ascent
david bourke on Croaghaun, 2006
by david bourke  16 Oct 2006
Started at Keem car park and walked along the cliffs. The climb up Croaghaun was tough going but their was great reward in the surounding views. I was more than ready for lunch at the summitt and after a good rest I proceeded on to climb Slievemore. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/2524/
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simon3 on Croaghaun, 2004
by simon3  12 Jan 2004
This synthetic landscape shows the west end of Achill Island from a simulated height of around 3000 m. It's easy to see why people enthuse about walking over Croaghaun/ Tonacroaghaun with a location and vantage point like this. Certainly the vagueness in the amount of re-ascent to Croaghaun makes a dubious case for it being a separate summit. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/127/comment/808/
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