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Garraun Mountain Maolchnoc A name in Irish
(Ir. Maolchnoc [TR], 'bald hill') Galway County, 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 293rd highest place in Ireland.

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Christmas Climb
by maurice12  28 Dec 2015
Climbed Garraun on 27/12/'15. We parked between the two churches on the Leenane to Lettertfrack road as described by WWI and Captain Vertigo in a related post. The house at the end of the farm road is now uninhabited but the people who lived there were remembered in Gaynors bar in Leenane. There is a small gate just before the old cottage which give access to the mountain but the way across the nearby stream is being taken over by Rhododendron and will become impassable eventually. There is a second gate leading onto the spur after the stream and from here it is relatively easy climbing to the summit. We walked in fog for most of the walk over 1000ft and we noticed small steaks have been driven into the ground to mark the trail to the summit and beyond. While I'm not a fan of these, they may be useful to somebody with less navigational experience. We got a viewing window of a bout 15 mins at the top and Inis na Bo Finne , Inis Toirc and the Bens came in to view which were spectacular in the clear winter air. We did a circuit of the aforementioned stream Leicnabhearna and descended the spur south of Binn Fhraoigh.(Heathery Top). The open ground between the spur and the church was heavy going and put a slight dampener on the day. The views from the top although absent on the day are worth the trip. Bain taitneamh as, Maurice Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/18409/
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padodes on Garraun, 2007
by padodes  27 Jun 2007
Looking northwards from the top of Garraun (or Corraun, or Maolchnoc, as it seems to be variously called), with its ESE spur beginning to drop down sharply to Lough Fee, this is certainly a mountain with a view, whatever about its identity problem and its featureless summit. On the horizon, behind, is the great horseshoe of Mweelrea. To the E, not visible in the photo, the Maumturks, the mouth of the Inagh valley, and several of the Twelve Bens; to the SW, Doughruagh... it's worth every step of the climb. I followed the classic route from Creeragh Church (L799 593 A) to Lemnaheltia and then on to what is really a small plateau with three spurs branching off in different directions: Binn Fraoigh, Benchoona and Garraun. The ESE ridge from Garraun took me back to Creeragh. It's hardly surprising that Fionn Mac Cumhail found his delight in these parts! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/2752/
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csd on Garraun, 2003
by csd  29 Dec 2003
Garraun itself isn't that exciting, but the views from the top certainly are! The picture shows the summit cairn and the view west. We approached via Benchoona from the 46 metre spot height on the road, between Lough Fee and Lough Muck, as marked on the Harvey map. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/782/
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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 B offering access to the spur. I followed up the spur aiming for the false summit at 480m (L77364 60924 C) 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 D. 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. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/6681/
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Picture: Garraun Cairn
Colin Murphy on Garraun, 2008
by Colin Murphy  9 Jun 2008
Pic shows the cairn marking the summit of Garraun with the southern end of Lough Fee visible in the distance. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/3170/
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