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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
Place visited by 161 members. Recently by: abbiew1001, TommyMc, BarnabyNutt, srr45, Carolineswalsh, jimmel567, ahogan, elizauna, annem, pcoleman, derekfanning, Superterence, fingalscave, abcd, peter1
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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 295th 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 Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/281/comment/18409/
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Looking northwards from the top of Garraun (or Co .. by padodes   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
Garraun itself isn't that exciting, but the views .. by csd   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
Pic shows the cairn marking the summit of Garraun .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
The lesser visited Bens. .. by TommyV   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
Grassy summit with spectacular views .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
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