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Long walk for one Carn.

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West Cork Mountains Area   N: Carran Subarea
Place count in area: 62, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, 79, 85, 86, 88, 89 
Highest place:
Knockboy, 704.8m
Maximum height for area: 704.8 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 685 metres,

Places in area West Cork Mountains:
Cen: Maughanaclea:   Maughanaclea Hills East Top 470mMaughanaclea Hills West Top 452m
Cen: Shehy More:   Shehy More 545.6mShehy More SW Top 446m
E: Clearagh:   Clearagh Hill 287m
E: Currane:   Currane Hill 228m
N Cen: Douce:   Douce Mountain 476mDoughill Mountain 471m
N: Carran:   Barnastooka 497mBealick 537mCarran 604mCarran Far NE Top 561mCarran Far North Top 506mCarran NE Top 555mCarran South Top 567mKnockantooreen 450m
N: Conigar:   Conigar 566mConigar SW Top 566mFoilastookeen 540m
N: Coomataggart:   Carrigalougha 423mCoomataggart 530mCoomataggart SW Top 509mDerrineanig 304mLackabaun 472mMweelin 487m
NE Cen: Carrigarierk:   Carrigarierk 343m
NW: Barraboy:   Barraboy Mountain 460mBarraboy Mountain Far East Top 456mBarraboy Mountain SE Top 409mDerroograne 468mTurners Rock 420m
NW: Knockboy:   Caoinkeen 692.8mCaoinkeen South-East Top 553.5mCoomhola Mountain 472mKnockboy 704.8mKnockboy North Top 651.2mKnockboy South Top 533.3mThe Priest's Leap 519m
NW: Knocknamanagh:   Bird Hill 412mCoomclogherane Top 449mGullaba Hill 603mKnockbrack 440mKnockbrack South Top 458mKnocknamanagh 637mKnocknamanagh NE Top 625m
S Cen: Dunmanway Hills:   Cashloura 296.8mCoolsnaghtig 295.8mInchanadreen 310m
S Cen: Nowen:   Milane Hill 354.4mMullaghmesha 494.3mNowen Hill 535.2mNowen Hill Far West Top 405.2mNowen Hill SW Top 509mPookeen North Top 319m
S: Leap Hills:   Carrigfadda 311.7mKilleigh Hill 229mKnockarudane Hill 169mKnockscagh 195m
S: Skibbereen:   Barryroe Hill 156mLick Hill 158m
W Cen: Knockbreteen:   Knockbreteen 239m
W: Bantry:   Knocknaveagh 282m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Carran Mountain An Carn A name in Irish (prob. Ir. An Carn [PDT], 'the cairn') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Purple siltstone & fine sandstone Bedrock

Height: 604m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 85 Grid Reference: W05250 67891
Place visited by 86 members. Recently by: Ianhhill, JohnFinn, DeirdreM, ToughSoles, No1Grumbler, CusackMargaret, Krzysztof_K, derekfanning, johncusack, hivisibility, a3642278, jackos, wicklore, annem, chelman7
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Longitude: -9.375957, Latitude: 51.855728 , Easting: 105250, Northing: 67891 Prominence: 237m,  Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 505217 567953,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Carran, 10 char: Carran
Bedrock type: Purple siltstone & fine sandstone, (Bird Hill Formation)

There is a substantial cairn on the summit which gives the hill its name.   Carran is the 276th highest place in Ireland.

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Unsung Quartet .. by muddyboots   (Show all for Carran (An Carn))
Don't park on the corner .. by thomas_g   (Show all for Carran (An Carn))
At just over the 600m mark Carran has good views .. by simon3   (Show all for Carran (An Carn))
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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