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Twelve Bens Area   N: Doughruagh Subarea
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Garraun Mountain Maolchnoc A name in Irish (Ir. Maolchnoc [TR], 'bald hill') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Schists, grits, metavolcanics, mylonitic Bedrock

Height: 598m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76708 61036
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Longitude: -9.862585, Latitude: 53.584858 , Easting: 76708, Northing: 261036 Prominence: 553m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 476676 761056,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Garaun, 10 char: Garraun
Bedrock type: Schists, grits, metavolcanics, mylonitic, (Ben Levy Grit Formation)

Locally only the name Maolchnoc is used according to Tim Robinson, while the anglicised name Garraun marked on OS maps is no longer in use. There are several other hills in the area where the same discrepancy can be observed: Binn Fraoigh/Altnagaighera, Letter Hill/Tully Mountain. Garraun is clearly also a name of Irish origin. It may either be from Ir. garrán, 'grove', or, more likely, from Ir. géarán, 'fang'. The summit is flattish, but the eastern ridge leading to it is sharp enough to have deserved this name. If this suggestion is correct, the anomaly of two different Irish names for the peak is only an apparent problem, not a real one. The name Maolchnoc would aptly describe the rounded summit, while An Géarán would denote the sharp ridge descending to Lough Fee. Walks: see Paddy Dillon, Connemara, for routes approaching from the SE (45-50) and the NW (51-56).   Garraun is the 294th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Garraun (<i>Maolchnoc</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: pic:fkaatje - Garraun false top
 
Flat and Featureless Summit
Short Summary created by simon3, Onzy  29 Dec 2015
Garraun is situated in the less-visited northern half of the Twelve Bens, separated from the more prominent hills by the N59. A flat and featureless summit with two small cairns. It is unlikely to be climbed by itself but will more usually be combined with either or both of Benchoona and Garraun South Top.

There are a number of obvious routes; perhaps the most straight-forward way is from parking on the road at the southern end of Lough Fee (L804 596 starA) and heading north along a farm track skirting the western side of the lake. Just before the only inhabited house, head west, over a number of false tops to the summit.

A more challenging route begins from the northern end of Lough Fee (L780 621 starB), and ascends the eastern spur of Benchoona before heading south to Garruan itself. This route is best left for a dry day with good visibility. It is also better for ascent than descent.

Garraun can also be reached from Lettergesh to the northwest ascending over Benchoona to the summit. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/5041/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Garraun (<i>Maolchnoc</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Garraun ridge and Mweelrea
Brendan777 on Garraun, 2007
by Brendan777  24 Sep 2007
I climbed Garraun on 8th September 2007 using the ridge leading up from Lough Fee. It was a gloriously sunny day and the views in all directions were outstanding. There are a couple of false summits on this ascent which can be a bit disheartening if you aren't expecting them. As has been said before, the actual summit is a bit featureless but the beauty and solitude make this part of the Northern Bens well worth a visit. See the attached photo, taken from the southern side of the Lecknavarna valley which shows the ridge, with majestic Mweelrea in the top left background. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/2827/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Garraun (<i>Maolchnoc</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Eastern ridge to L Fee
 
gerrym on Garraun, 2008
by gerrym  2 Mar 2008
Approached from L Fee, first climbing up the steep grassy ridge to the summit of Benchoona. This is a varied and sizable top with a number of small loughs and cairns - in stark contrast with the top of Garraun which is non descript. There is a drop down to the SE to the col containing another small lough. There is a short climb to the summit of Garraun with its two small cairns a short distance apart. The only saving grace in the contrast with Benchoona are the views which open up even further. There are endless swathes of nothingness in the low ground beween the high mountains in every direction. The vista takes in the Bens, Partrys, Bengorm, Sheffreys and Mweelra with the Bens having the strongest magnetism.
Descent was by the E ridge which drops down steeply. I dropped off onto the steep grassy ground heading down to L Fee, heading for an isolated house on the shore and followed a wall skirting around to the track leading to the car. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/2982/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Garraun (<i>Maolchnoc</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
rain, mud and no views
by fkaatje  12 Feb 2012
Climbed Garraun and Garraun South top on Saturday February 12th 2012. The weather forecast was for good bright spells with some showers, so I was hopeful for some good views. However halfway up Garraun ESE spur clouds and soaking rain descended on me and did not leave me alone until almost back at the car. Therefore I dropped my plans of including Benchoona and Binn Fhraoigh. I started from the church and followed the minor road along Lough Fee until its end at a house and a sheep pen. I entered the gate and climbed west towards the spur. There is a gate in the fence at L79265 60398 starC offering access to the spur. I followed up the spur aiming for the false summit at 480m (L77364 60924 starD) which blocks the actual summit of Garraun from view. Before the clouds descended I got a good view on the very steep neighbouring ridge up to Benchoona. Might be an option for a quick steep ascent, but not terrain I'd want to bother with on descent. The photo, which was taken at around 250m height, shows the fallse summit and part of the Benchoona ridge. The summit of Garraun is rather featureless apart from two small cairns. I had a bit of a challenge navigating my way to Garraun South due to the lack of visibility and the boggy/muddy terrain which was soaked by heavy overnight rain. Had to retrace my steps several times to avoid some very bad patches and steep slippery turf slopes. Same story for the first part of the descent from Garraun south. Descended through wet bogland and entered the road through a gate at L79191 58941 starE. Have to return here on a fine day to take in the views. If you want to follow in my footsteps then download the gps trail at http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/user.do?name=fkaatje. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/6681/
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CaptainVertigo on Garraun, 2006
by CaptainVertigo  6 Dec 2006
The so-called Northern Bens offer excellent returns for relatively little effort. In August 2006 my teenage sons and I followed the route suggested in WWI No.72 which involved parking near Creeragh Church on the Letterfrack to Leenane road (L802594 starF), and walking along a boreen which runs roughly parallel to the south western shore of Lough Fee. Circa L795605 starG, almost in front of a lonely but very much inhabited cottage turn left (westerly) and ascend the long spur that narrows as it heads for Garraun (598 m). It was a short hop across to Ben Choona and then back across Garraun to Binn Fhraoigh (of which more anon). Perhaps the most rewarding viewpoint was at the spot height marked 556 on Harvey's Map. During our time on the summits we saw the Renvyle peninsula with Tully Mountain to the west (and on to Inisbofin); Mweelrea and Killary to the north; to the east Lough Fee and the stately Turks; to the south Kylemore lake and the Twelve Bens. We descended another long spur (to the south of Lecknavarna river): the photo shows the great canvas of the northern Inagh Valley , bounded by the Turks and the Twelve Bens. When the Navan Trekkers arrived in Tully Cross for our October Weekend it was decided to repeat the route with all grades participating. Although the morning was wet the day cleared in time for the descent, and I was once again treated to the view in the photo. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/2572/
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simon3 on Garraun, 2003
by simon3  26 Dec 2003
Garraun is roughly as exciting as Lemnaheltia. Which is to say that it is flattish and featureless. The photo shows the two small cairns on the summit. An easy way to get to Garraun is via a distinctive spur that stretches from the summit to the east. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/778/
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