Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your computer to facilitate operation. Cookies help us provide a better service to you. They are used to track general user traffic information and to help the website function properly.

Click to hide this notice for 30 days.
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Overview
Detail
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.
Videos

Users Online:
Guests online: 239
Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Cnoc na Toinne: Imagine a gap, it's easy if you try

Caponellan Hill: Bring wellies

The rocky rocky road to the big hill.

Caherbla: Views to the west.

Oval route turned into a cracked egg shape by circumstance.

Caherbla: A walk over boggy ground with a steep ascent to finish

Coomnahorna: Watch out for the water.

Coomnahorna: Unfrequented rough summit joining three ridges.

An Bheann Mhór: Beautiful summit of great views but extremely difficult terrain.

Dereenavurrig Hill: Gorgeous colour on a hard to reach summit.

Illaunleagh: Illaunleagh

Lamb's Island: Lamb's Island

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions and a privacy policy.
Read general information about the site.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk.
See the credits and list definitions.
Video display
Wicklow Area   S: Croghan Kinsella Subarea
Place count in area: 116, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 924.7m
Maximum height for area: 924.7 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 556.9mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 549.5mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 471.7mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 474mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 660.7mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 713.7mTonelagee 815.8mTonelagee E Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 545.8m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501.2mLittle Sugar Loaf 342.4m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 523mKnocknacloghoge 534mLuggala 595mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 640mScarr North-West Top 561mSleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry:   Ballinacorbeg 336mBallycurry 301mDunranhill 342mMount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington:   Carrigleitrim 408mLugnagun 446.2mSlieveroe 332mSorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun:   Black Hill 602.2mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mDuff Hill 720mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 531mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mKilmichael Hill 267mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mMonaughrim 206mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 431mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 397m
SE: Wicklow South East:   Ballinastraw 284mBallyguile Hill 188mBarranisky 280mCarrick Mountain 381mCollon Hill 238mKilnamanagh Hill 217mWestaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass:   Ballyhook Hill 288mBaltinglass Hill 382mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigeen Hill 298mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mKeadeen Mountain 653mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mTinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla:   Ballineddan Mountain 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794mLugnaquilla 924.7mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
Rating graphic.
Croghan Kinsella Mountain Cruachán A name in Irish (Ir. Cruachán [GE], 'little stack') Wexford/ Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Basalt and gabbro Bedrock

Height: 606m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 62 Grid Reference: T13096 72884
Place visited by 226 members. Recently by: hibby, No1Grumbler, annem, Noahq10, nupat, Louise.Nolan, Fjon, Dee68, therealcrow, HowardS, loftyobrien, odrisceoil146, scapania, eoghancarton, JoHeaney
I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -6.324118, Latitude: 52.795465 , Easting: 313096, Northing: 172884 Prominence: 541m,  Isolation: 0.8km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 713020 672923,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrghKn, 10 char: CrghnKnsl
Bedrock type: Basalt and gabbro, (Dolerite)

The Uí Chinnsealaigh were the dominant Gaelic family in this area and the mountain gets the fuller version of its name from them. This helps to distinguish it from Croaghanmoira, which is a little further north.   Croghan Kinsella is the 273rd highest place in Ireland.

Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/261/
COMMENTS for Croghan Kinsella (Cruachán) 1 2 3 4 5 Next page >>  
Follow this place's comments
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Kinsella (<i>Cruachán</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: View NE to Croghan Kinsella from Annagh Hill.
 
A very accessible Top.
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman  30 Mar 2015
Park at the entrance to Raheenleagh Forest T1529471417 A where there is room for several cars. Follow the main forest track up WNW keeping right at T1491772046 B, just after a dip in the upward path and then higher up at T1487973038 C keep left. (Please note that the track on the ground is much more direct and easy to follow than would appear from those shown on OSi Sheet 62 (3rd Edition) and that no tracks at all are shown in the later 4th Edition.) Continue up to its end at T1360273092 D ignoring any branches off on the right. The summit lies to the SE about 400 metres further along a less defined but easy to follow path up over peaty ground and some rock. It is marked by a Trig Pillar prominently set on a small rocky up crop. Vews N can trace the full W to E line of the Wicklow Mountains from Keadeen Mt. across to the Great Sugarloaf and SW over Annagh Hill to the Blackstairs. Add to this views E over Slievefoore for a sweep along the E coast to complete a perfect panorama. The provision of the good track, almost to the top, make Croghan Kinsella a most accessible mountain for all. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/261/comment/5021/
 
milo on Croghan Kinsella, 2003
by milo  30 Aug 2003
Revisited Croghan after a interval of nearly 30 years. The additional fencing and clearfelled forestry made for a less pleasant walk than I had anticipated. However the panorama to the south did not disappoint. Easiest ascent from the forest entrance is to leave the track at the bend T145 735 E and follow the eastern forest edge to 540 metres. A pleasant return track contours below the southern edge of currently standing timber to re-enter forest at T149 730 F. Parking is limited to about 2 cars Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/261/comment/625/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Kinsella (<i>Cruachán</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
simon3 on Croghan Kinsella, 2003
by simon3  1 Apr 2003
This is an isolated peak giving a quite different vista compared to anything else in the Wicklow Mountains. In fact it is only just in Wicklow, since its summit is part of the Wicklow/ Wexford boundary. One way of accessing it is from the Raheenleagh Wood forest entrance at T 152 714 G. The main forest tracks are accurately enough represented on the 1:50k map that you can find your way using it.
The summit itself is easily reached and recognisable from a trig pillar and group of rocks. The older Irish Walk Guides: East included a walk starting from North West of the summit at T 104 744 H. This route went over Croghan and on to Moneyteige North (427m) and rejoined the roads at around T 148 791 I. (I don't know if the exact start and finish are still useable, though I did meet a group on Croghan's summit who seemed to be doing something similar)
The view here includes Annagh Hill (454m) partly wooded to the left and in the distance on the skyline, the Blackstairs. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/261/comment/416/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Kinsella (<i>Cruachán</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Kinsella Child - a natural curiousity.
 
A Miniature Coffin Stone
by simon3  5 Apr 2010
On a trip up the south west spur led by the knowledgeable local Tom (of the labradors), we came to this uncelebrated but remarkable natural whitish object. Hereby it is known as the Kinsella Child. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/261/comment/4579/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Kinsella (<i>Cruachán</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
Picture: Looking North West to Keadeen (centre) and Lug (right)
Fine views and a gilded history
by Bunsen7  23 Sep 2018
Decided it couldn't do any harm to get on the M11 down past Arklow and make the journey to Croghan Kinsella.

Coillte and the ESB have created a 35 MW wind-farm on the eastern flanks of the mountain between the main mountain and Slievefore to the east.

Probably to seek to allay concerns of people in the vicinity, the bodies have sought to market the recreational use of the forest tracks that lead to the summit and the windfarm from the entrance at White Heaps.

I suppose in some respects it's not totally far removed from the late 18th and early 19th century when government appointed geologists were directing gold mining works on the north of the mountain - there's an economy to drive one way or the other. Back then, men were tunnelling hundreds of metres into the mountainside, now there are structures rising almost 100 metres above the land.

A contemporaneous account by one of the Directors of the mine, Thomas Weaver (of whom there are apparently trenches named on the latest mapping of the northside of CK), offers a vivid insight into the times that were (see also comments on the Moneyteige summit page):

"The discovery of native gold in the Ballinvalley stream at Croghan Kinshela was accidental, and at first kept secret, but being divulged, almost the whole population of the immediate neighbourhood flocked in to gather so rich an harvest, actually neglecting at the time the produce of their own fields. This happened about the autumn of the year 1796, when several hundreds of people might be seen daily assembled digging and searching for gold in the banks and the bed of the stream. [...] The populace remained in undisturbed possession of the place for nearly six weeks, when Government determined to commence active operations. An Act of Parliament was then passed for the management of the undertaking [...] and up to the unhappy period of the rebellion in May 1798, when the works were destroyed, Government had been fully reimbursed its advances [...]. In the year 1801, the operations were resumed, when the directors proposed to Government not to confine its views to the mere collection of the alluvial gold, but to extend the researches, directing them more particularly toward the discovery of the auriferous veins."

Who knows what it will be like 200 years from now? An Ozymandias-esque array of decaying wind turbines presumably! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/261/comment/20071/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croghan Kinsella (<i>Cruachán</i>) in area Wicklow, Ireland
 
Windfarms completed. Walking trails nearly ready but the trails are industrial
by mickhanney  10 Dec 2016
Jogged up Croghan Kinsella from entrance at Ballinvalley near Ballycoog where there is space for a couple of cars. The trail upwards is wide and rather industrial in nature. The trail switches back a few times before you ascend up to where the new windfarm is complete. There are walking trails about to open here but the signposts are still incomplete The work on the windfarm has introduced wide roadways on the mountain which are decidedly ugly. This allied to the reduced tree cover near the windfarms spoils the outlook on the mountain. Its a pity that once the windfarms are installed they don't restore the trails to the natural look they were before. However, when you ascend to the top of Croghan Kinsella the views are worthwhile, in all directions. Jogged back downhill to Ballyvalley Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/261/comment/18725/
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
 
COMMENTS for Croghan Kinsella (Cruachán) 1 2 3 4 5 Next page >>
(End of comment section for Croghan Kinsella (Cruachán).)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence)
MountainViews.ie, a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2100 Summiteers, 1400 Contributors, Monthly Newsletter since 2007