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

Reachable "On Foot " Y
Height: 688m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 22/30 Grid Reference: F55960 06092
Place visited by 290 members. Recently by: MAP1878, Pinger, Michaelmangan, upper, No1Grumbler, ShayGlynn, rojon, Atlanticstar, nolo, pcost, learykid, derekpkearney, nolanlyn, holmpatrick, Jimmy600leavey
Island visited by 460 members.
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Longitude: -10.196544, Latitude: 53.984094 , Easting: 55960, Northing: 306092 Prominence: 688m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 455941 806104,   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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On Friday Jan 2nd a group of us went to Croaghan .. by cathalferris   (Show all for Croaghaun (Cruachán)) Picture about mountain Croaghaun (<i>Cruachán</i>) in area Achill/Corraun, Ireland
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. Linkback:
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The infamous Bunnafreva Lough West...the most dra .. by darrenf   (Show all for Croaghaun (Cruachán))
View from Achill Head .. by pn_runner   (Show all for Croaghaun (Cruachán))
Started at Keem car park and walked along the cli .. by david bourke   (Show all for Croaghaun (Cruachán))
This synthetic landscape shows the west end of Ac .. by simon3   (Show all for Croaghaun (Cruachán))
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