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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 152nd 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 from the South
One of Conemara's finest - a rocky, bulky mountain with great views.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Colin Murphy, wicklore  10 May 2023
One of the 12 Bens, Derryclare with its distinctive sharp S ridge is a majestic mt and is part of both the Glencoaghan Horseshoe and the 12 Bens Challenge. It commands a fine view of nearby valleys, the Maamturks, Mayo hills and the myriad lakes and smaller hills of S Connemara. It’s formed from quartzite and its upper slopes are comprised of shattered rock that require care to negotiate esp. on descent.

SW. There is room for a few cars at L80558 48957 starA. Head E over varied pastures, picking your way up the S ridge. The ascent to the summit becomes a steep haul but there is a fairly obvious trail most of the way. It climbs initially over peat and heather before attaining the rock of the upper reaches. 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 E of the ridge to stay well clear of sharp drops and plunging cliffs. A number of false summits are passed before the small pile of rocks that mark the summit are reached. 1.5 hrs

E. Park on Coillte forest track at L84552 49923 starB. Continue along track which loops around Derryclare Lough and take another track to the right at L83478 50412 starC which leads to open ground. Go 1km north across gently sloping ground and then ascend W up a steep, but climbable grassy and rocky spur. Terrain flattens out somewhat as you approach summit. A delightful ascent. 2 hrs+

Notable tracks incl. track/3248, track/1283 and track/2731. Linkback:
Having negotiated the peaks of Binn Gabhar, Binn .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Derryclare (Binn Doire Chláir))
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Coming from Binn Corr towards the end of the Choc .. by aburden   (Show all for Derryclare (Binn Doire Chláir))
The mountain is also known as Derryclare and is t .. by simon3   (Show all for Derryclare (Binn Doire Chláir))
This terrain visualisation shows the entire Derry .. by simon3   (Show all for Derryclare (Binn Doire Chláir))
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