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Croaghbane Mountain An Chruach Bhán A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. An Chruach Bhán [PDT], 'white stack') Donegal County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Main granite (adamellite) Bedrock

Height: 641m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: G97853 91071
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Longitude: -8.034092, Latitude: 54.767542 , Easting: 197853, Northing: 391071 Prominence: 76m,  Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 597806 891062,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crghbn, 10 char: Croaghbane
Bedrock type: Main granite (adamellite), (Barnesmore Granite, G2 variety)

Situated on the boundary of the townlands of Edergole, Cronakerny and Crolack. Name from J. Glover.   Croaghbane is the 216th highest place in Ireland.

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Granite and Water .. by group   (Show all for Croaghbane)
Climbed at the end of April as first mountain in .. by gerrym   (Show all for Croaghbane) Picture about mountain Croaghbane in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Lough Aduff from G98007 91048
Gateway to Bluestacks 5
by CaptainVertigo  23 Mar 2012
From Ballybofey or Glenties turn south at G96661 96279 C and enter the Reelan River Valley. I passed the popular Old School parking spot at G95935 94116 A (right) and continued a couple of kms to a junction at G93721 93573 D where there was room for one car carefully parked. This was because I intended to complete the Bluestacks 5 Arderins Summits beginning with Croaghbane and wanted to get the road walking out of the way. From the Old Schoolhouse walk east a few metres and turn south descending towards the Reelan River along Sli na Finne. Cross the bridge and almost straight away turn east and follow the boggy wet track up to the ruined cottage, where you turn south and head up Glascarns Hill - essentially the shoulder of Croaghbane. As you ascend you will see Gaugin Mountain behind you, its nether regions clothed in conifers but you will notice the large firebreak which is clearly a route to that summit. Soon you are walking mostly on light coloured granite slabs. There is an overwhelming sense of stone very much in the idiom of the Turks and even the Burren. To your right you can see the route to Ardnageer, Croaghgorm, and on to Lavaghs Mor and Beg. The next time I ascend Croaghbane I will want to hug the eastern rim of the route to Glascarns Hill so as to experience the exposure and magnificent views into the Owengarve and Owendoo Valleys. There's a short drop off Glascarns and then you confront the boulder field with the big soft Henry Moore scuptures. Watch for the characteristic colours of the Bluestacks...a soft sky blue mixing with rich warm tan browns. The summit is broad with more than one prominence. It is a riot of strewn rock with Lough Aduff providing a modest water feature. I abandoned the true summit and spent awhile lounging at the eastern tip at circa G98007 91048 E. Here the views are spectacular towards Gaugin, and round to Croaghbarnes. Way off north one can make out the Derryveaghs and Errigal. As I headed towards Ardnageer I felt I was now completely surrounded by rock, undulating, and slashed by large north south mini valleys. Looking south through one of these ridges I spied Lough Belshade. It sparkled in the early morning sunshine. The sense of isolation and tranquillity was inspiring. Stats: From the Reelan Bridge at 150m there is about 425m of ascent to Glascarns followed by a 50 m drop and another 50 m rise. Those continuing on towards Ardnageer and Croaghgorm have now completed most of the hard work. The next big pull will be Lavagh Mor. READING: I recommend Walk Guide -West of Ireland 3rd Edition Patrick Simms and Tony Whilde for the this particular route. It is also to be found in Paddy Dillon's The Mountains of Ireland but I personally cannot abide the half hearted "maps" in that particular book. TRACKS - See Track 1457 "in area near Croaghbane, Bluestack Mountains" Trackback:
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A fabulously intricate climb with huge diversity .. by bryanmccabe   (Show all for Croaghbane)
Climbed June 8th - From my camp site just short .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Croaghbane)
This is a panoramic view of the Bluestacks as see .. by padodes   (Show all for Croaghbane)
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