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Altnagaighera Mountain Binn Fhaoigh A name in Irish
also Altnagaighera an extra name in English
Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin Beg, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Cobble conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 549m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L75561 60736
Place visited by 49 members. Recently by: Colin Murphy, madfrankie, Tran, simoburn, FrankMc1964, OisinD, billh999, TommyV, paulbrown, Haulie, eamonoc, Fergalh, GSheehy, ckilm, ilenia
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Longitude: -9.879326, Latitude: 53.582 , Easting: 75561, Northing: 260736 Prominence: 21m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 475559 760767,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Altngg, 10 char: Altngghr
Bedrock type: Cobble conglomerate, (Gowlaun Member)

Tim Robinson suggests that Altnagaighera is from Ir. Ailt na gCaorach, ‘ravine of the sheep’, which is possible if the -gh- in the anglicised form is silent. This is one of a number of peaks in this part of Connemara which have totally different Irish and English names, although both come from Irish, cf. Garraun / Maolchnoc. Previously Garraun SW Top in MV.   Altnagaighera is the 422nd highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Altnagaighera in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: The summit of Altnagaighera.
 
Worth the detour !!
by David-Guenot  5 Jan 2016
Climbed Altnagaighera as part of a 7-summit trip through this wonderful range of hills (see track 3074) in July 2015. This summit is not very prominent and has little to offer in terms of climbing when approached from the E, but stands proudly at the end of a long shoulder which narrows a bit as you get closer to the top and offers easy walking, with great views all along the way. Best views are over Doughruagh to the SSW, Benchoona to the NE and the Atlantic Ocean to the NW. Really worth the detour !! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1444/comment/18416/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Altnagaighera in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: The Twelve Bens from the summit area, with dark, rocky Doughruagh to the right.
Ponds and cobbles...
by David-Guenot  12 Jan 2016
Another interesting feature of this summit is the cobble conglomerates which can be found along the summit area (see pic). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1444/comment/18417/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Altnagaighera in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Bumpy ride
 
Interesting looking top
by Colin Murphy  10 Aug 2020
Often done in conjunction with the likes of Benchoona and Garraun, but you could access this top independently also. One approach is to start at the Lettergesh beach car park at L737631 A A D and follow the uphill road and track up towards Benchoona. When the track peters out after a few hundred metres, head SSE up the grassy slope, which becomes increasingly steep (and slippy in wet conditions), and you will also have to cross a stream at some point (a number of crossing points possible). The summit is a ridge of bumps, with the highest point the north-westerly bump. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1444/comment/20847/
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