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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/
 
I climbed Garraun on 8th September 2007 using the .. by Brendan777   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
Approached from L Fee, first climbing up the stee .. by gerrym   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
rain, mud and no views .. by fkaatje   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
The so-called Northern Bens offer excellent retur .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
Garraun is roughly as exciting as Lemnaheltia. W .. by simon3   (Show all for Garraun (Maolchnoc))
 
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