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Twelve Bens Area   SE: Glencoaghan Loop Subarea
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Derryclare Mountain Binn Doire Chláir A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Doire Chláir [TR], 'peak of Derryclare') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 677m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L81509 51048
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Longitude: -9.785748, Latitude: 53.496315 , Easting: 81509, Northing: 251048 Prominence: 129m,  Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 481516 751074,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Dryclr, 10 char: Derryclare
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Ir. clár can mean both a plain and a board. In the latter sense it can refer to a plank-bridge in some place-names. Thus Derryclare, from Ir. Doire Chláir, could either mean 'oak-wood of the plain' or 'oak-wood of the plank-bridge'. The name seems to have been transferred by the Ordnance Survey from the townland of Derryclare situated to the east to the mountain itself. In this respect the Ir. name Binn Doire Chláir makes much more sense as a mountain name.   Binn Doire Chláir is the 151st highest place in Ireland. Binn Doire Chláir is the second most easterly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Derryclare (<i>Binn Doire Chláir</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Derryclare and its southern ridge
A most photogenic mountain
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy, wicklore  25 Jun 2014
A majestic mountain situated at the finish (or start) of Glencoaghan Horseshoe. It commands a fine view of the Glencoaghan Valley and the myriad of lakes in the plains of Connemara. Its distinctive sharp southern ridge is visible from the N59 Galway – Clifden road. Derryclare is formed from quartzite and its upper slopes are comprised of shattered rock that require care to negotiate.
There is room for a few cars at L806 488 A. Head east over pastures, climbing gently towards the southern ridge. The ascent to the summit becomes a steep haul, initially over peat and heather, before attaining the rock of the upper reaches. A number of false summits are passed before the small pile of rocks that mark the summit are reached. At L81489 51077 B.
Particular care is required in the initial steep section above the pastures as a few crags and rock outcrops are negotiated. Also keep to the east of the ridge to stay well clear of sharp drops and plunging cliffs.
An alternative approach may be made from the east. Park on Coillte forest track at L842 498 C. Continue along track which loops around Derryclare Lough and take another track to the right at roughly L835 503 D, which leads to open ground. Go 1km west across gently sloping ground and then ascend NW up a steep, but climbable, mostly grassy slope. Terrain flattens out somewhat as you approach summit. Linkback:
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