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West Cork Mountains Area , N: Carran Subarea
Feature count in area: 62, by county: Cork: 45, Kerry: 24, of which 7 are in both Cork and Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, 79, 85, 86, 88, 89
Highest Place: Knockboy 704.8m

Starting Places (47) in area West Cork Mountains:
Barley Lake North, Barrboy, Caha Pass, Carranmore, Carrigacappeen, Carriganass Castle, Castle Donovan Car Park, Clearagh House, Coolkellure House, Coomhola Bridge, Corrigatirra, Cousane Gap, Cummer Lough East Road, Derreencollig Wood, Esk Boreen, Fuhiry Wood, Garinish Island Pier, Glasagarav River Bridge, Glasnacummeen Stream, Glengarriff, Glengarriff Nature Reserve CP, Gorteeniher Drimoleague Heritage Walk CP, Gortloughra River Road, Gougane Barra Oratory, Gougane Barra Park CP, Grousemount Wind Farm, Kealkill Village, Knockanuha, Knockbrack South, Lough Atooreen N, Lough Nambrackderg North, Lough Nambrackderg Wood, Lough Nambreacdearg, Mealagh Bridge, Molly Gallivan's Visitor Centre, Nowen Hill West Road, Owvane River Bridge, Pookeen North Top Road, Pooleen Wood Car Park, Priests Leap, Reenroe Bridge, River Roughty, Shandrum Concrete Silo, Sillahertane Stream, Slaheny River Horseshoe, Top of Coom, Turner's Rock Tunnel

Summits & other features in area West Cork Mountains:
Cen: Maughanaclea: Maughanaclea Hills East Top 470m, Maughanaclea Hills West Top 452m
Cen: Shehy More: Shehy More 545.6m, Shehy More SW Top 446m
E: Clearagh: Clearagh Hill 287m
E: Currane: Currane Hill 228m
N Cen: Douce: Douce Mountain 476m, Doughill Mountain 471m
N: Carran: Barnastooka 497m, Bealick 537m, Carran 604m, Carran Far NE Top 561m, Carran Far North Top 506m, Carran NE Top 555m, Carran South Top 567m, Knockantooreen 450m
N: Conigar: Conigar 566m, Conigar SW Top 566m, Foilastookeen 540m
N: Coomataggart: Carrigalougha 423m, Coomataggart 530m, Coomataggart SW Top 509m, Derrineanig 304m, Lackabaun 472m, Mweelin 487m
NE Cen: Carrigarierk: Carrigarierk 343m
NW: Barraboy: Barraboy Mountain 460m, Barraboy Mountain Far East Top 456m, Barraboy Mountain SE Top 409m, Derroograne 468m, Turners Rock 420m
NW: Knockboy: Caoinkeen 692.8m, Caoinkeen South-East Top 553.5m, Coomhola Mountain 472m, Knockboy 704.8m, Knockboy North Top 651.2m, Knockboy South Top 533.3m, The Priest's Leap 519m
NW: Knocknamanagh: Bird Hill 412m, Coomclogherane Top 449m, Gullaba Hill 603m, Knockbrack 440m, Knockbrack South Top 458m, Knocknamanagh 637m, Knocknamanagh NE Top 625m
S Cen: Dunmanway Hills: Cashloura 296.8m, Coolsnaghtig 295.8m, Inchanadreen 310m
S Cen: Nowen: Milane Hill 354.4m, Mullaghmesha 494.3m, Nowen Hill 535.2m, Nowen Hill Far West Top 405.2m, Nowen Hill SW Top 509m, Pookeen North Top 319m
S: Leap Hills: Carrigfadda 311.7m, Killeigh Hill 229m, Knockarudane Hill 169m, Knockscagh 195m
S: Skibbereen: Barryroe Hill 156m, Lick Hill 158m
W Cen: Knockbreteen: Knockbreteen 239m
W: Bantry: Knocknaveagh 282m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Carran, 604m Mountain An Carn A name in Irish,
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(prob. Ir. An Carn [PDT], 'the cairn'), Kerry County in Munster province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Carran is the 276th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference W05250 67891, OS 1:50k mapsheet 85
Place visited by: 86 members, recently by: Ianhhill, JohnFinn, DeirdreM, ToughSoles, No1Grumbler, CusackMargaret, Krzysztof_K, derekfanning, johncusack, hivisibility, a3642278, jackos, wicklore, annem, chelman7
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -9.375957, Latitude: 51.855728, Easting: 105250, Northing: 67891, Prominence: 237m,  Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 505217 567953
Bedrock type: Purple siltstone & fine sandstone, (Bird Hill Formation)
Notes on name: There is a substantial cairn on the summit which gives the hill its name.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Carran, 10 char: Carran

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Summary for Carran (An Carn): Several approachs
Summary created by liz50 2019-03-20 21:31:49
   picture about Carran (<em>An Carn</em>)
Picture: Summit Cairn
There is no direct approach to Carran. The options include taking in all 4 Carran summits from the west parking near a farmyard at the end of a yellow road A (W039 689) and follow a track from Kn'Uha (W043 689) to Carran far North top initially followed by Carran far NE top Carran NE top before arriving at Carran itself.
Alteratives are from Gougane Barra forest park B (W070 653). Follow trail to it's high point then head North to Bealick then follow a fence to Carran S top and close by to Carran
A SW approach can be started from Slaheny Hsh (W036 660) and approach Carran from either Carran S top or Knockantooreen
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   picture about Carran (<em>An Carn</em>)
Picture: View from col between Carran NE Top & Carran
Unsung Quartet
by muddyboots 2 Feb 2015
I am amazed so few mountainviewers have climbed the Carran Group of 4! The last day of January brought snow cladded tops, sunny spells and the odd snow storm to make for a great day out. Similar to other comments start at Kn'Uha (W0432 6888). This is just beyond the end of the yellow road on OS map. If you can ask the farmer, who I had a nice chat with, where to park. You need to park so that trucks can turn in these lanes, so he is happy is you park in his yard. Access to the hills no problem but a few walkers have told him where to go when he has met them and simply asked who they were (Dept. Of Agriculture inspectors often arrive unannounced). Walk into the valley using the track indicated on OS map starting at C (W045 690)- you pass through a gate followed by another further on. Followed the track to the end then climb Carran Far N. Top and continue on to the other 3 peaks- there are two fences between Far N Top and NE top- one with barbed wire. The views of the snow coverd Paps, Reeks, Dunkerrons and Mangerton were fabulous. This is a wet boggy area. On the descent start down from Curran S Top aiming for D (W043 672). The track outlined on OS does not become obvious for nearly a km until E (W042 678) when a steep descent can be done following a maze of tracks to abandoned houses at F (W042 682). Go just beyond these on the track but turn right into a field to pick up a track which runs along the mountain at 240m contour. The track is not clear but aim for old sheds at G (W047 686) then follow track across a stream which becomes a farm track to bring you back to the start. Linkback:
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Don't park on the corner
by thomas_g 22 Feb 2013
If you are approaching from the west (road south of Knockanuha) please do not park on the corner at H (W04199 68795) (junction of road and track), the farmer(who likes walkers) has told me that people park there and delivery trucks can't get up the road and on occasion he's had to follow walkers up the mountain to get the keys to move their car: please park in the farm yard of the first little cottage.
Carran itself is best approached from the south west, south (Carran South) or North East (along the ridge). It offers good views in most directions and is certainly a wild and remote spot to enjoy a well earned sambo and a cuppa. Linkback:
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Picture: Carran Cairn and Gullaba
simon3 on Carran
by simon3 8 Apr 2006
At just over the 600m mark Carran has good views of Knockboy and the fine ridge that extends north from there, through the Knocknamanaghs and Gullaba Hill.

Carran itself has a gently descending ridge extending North-East through Carran NE Top which has prevented it from having the customary NE Coum so prevalent on summits in Ireland. However there is some steepening immediately north of Carran at some cliffs called Foilduff.

Our photo shows the huge cairn and view towards Gullaba Hill and the round topped but extremely steep sided Bird Hill, both on the other side of the Slaheny River. Linkback:
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Carran 5-hills?
by No1Grumbler 11 Sep 2023
The reliable osulivanm describes the country lane to the farm below Knockanuha as "delightful". Sadly, on the day we made the trip they were auditioning for “Fast and Furious 23-Kerry drift” and a series of Jason Statham wannabes were clearly in a hurry to get to the fleshpots of Kenmare. Nerves shredded, we arrived at the corner where everyone says "don't park". I tried to find a farmer to no avail, but did meet the intimidating hounds- making me reassess my views on rewilding with wolves. We parked as responsibly as we could, and set off on the well described tail to the left of the final farm, the howls of dogs ringing across the valley. I was accompanied by Scottish pal "Points"- a giant of a man with the countenance of a puritan minister and the gait of a highland constable. I scurried along beside him as often before. Our outward route was that described by many, over Far North Top, then down to a lovely col that marks the watershed of the Roughty and a feed brook of the Slaheny rivers. With clear views and good sunshine, this was enough to soften the spirits of my more dour colleague. West of the NE top we took lunch admiring fabulous views of distant reeks etc. Every hillwalker needs a lunch like this, where you enjoy summer sun, long daylight and share reminiscences of lucky escapes, Scottish winters, and the times when we drove Datsuns like the locals. The route to Carran itself was a boggy shock but soon complete. Akin to millenials confronted by food, we took our photos. Points reversed the route, I pressed on to the South Top guided by a fence. The final lonely summit was difficult to discern, I tested both bumps then followed the fence back to the col. The East side was slightly drier on this day. At the col I followed an ancient dyke N for 100m to about the 550m contour, then a sheep trail NE delivered me to the col between Carran and NE top. The visibility being perfect and aware of the cliffs to the left, I combined animal trails on solid broad ground, to bypass the NE top on its NW flank, and similarly an animal trail allowed me to avoid the summit of the "Far NE Top" to join the fence heading NW. With my usual elegance I managed to get over this without hooking my boots more than twice, then dropped to the col where I rejoined my colleague. We descended the boggy ground to regain the farm trail back to the car. I had consumed 2L of water which says something about a day with less than 600m ascent. There were no irate farmers awaiting us as we got changed, but I'd have liked to thank them for their enlightened attitude. We drove cautiously to Kilgarvan, paid homage to their idols, and reflected on a gentle day that delivered more than expected. Whilst perfectly easy, I would only recommend my return variation for a day of fine visibility and to those confident of their route finding on steep ground, should hill fog gather it could be a different story-unless of course you really are Jason Statham. Linkback:
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