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Twelve Bens Area , N: Doughruagh Subarea
Feature count in area: 34, all in Galway, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, 44, EW-CON, MSW
Highest Place: Benbaun 729m

Starting Places (48) in area Twelve Bens:
Angler's Return, Barr na nÓran Road, Ben Lettery Hostel, Bogville Road, Bridge St Clifden, Bundorragha Estuary Cross, Bunnageeha, Cannaclossaun, Connemara Mountain Hostel, Connemara National Park Visitor Centre, Dernasliggaun, Doire na bhFlann North, Doughruagh CP, Emlaghdauroe Bridge, Emlaghdauroe South, Fee Lough SW, Foher, Glasbeg Stream, Glashmore Bridge, Glencoaghan River Bridge, Glencraff Road End, Gleninagh River, Illaunroe North, Illaunroe South, Inaghbeg Path, Kylemore Abbey Exit, Kylemore River, Letterfrack Lodge, Lettergesh Beach, Lough Anivan Bend, Lough Auna S, Lough Fee East, Lough Nacarrigeen S, Lough Tanny, Muck Lough NW, Nambrackkeagh Lough, Owen na Baunoge River, Owengar Bridge, Owenglin River, Owenwee River, Pollacappul Lough E, Pollacappul Lough W, Shanvally, Skeaghatimull, Ten Bens Cottage, Tooreennacoona River, Western Way Cnoc na hUilleann, Western Way Inagh Cottages

Summits & other features in area Twelve Bens:
Cen: Lough Auna Hills: Cregg 297m, Townaloughra East Top 216m
Cen: Polladirk: Bencullagh 632m, Maumonght SW Top 454m, Diamond Hill 442m, Knockbrack 442m, Maumonght 602m
E: Glencorbet: Benbaun 729m, Benbrack 582m, Benbaun 477m, Knockpasheemore 412m, Benfree 638m, Muckanaght 654m
N: Doughruagh: Altnagaighera 549m, Benchoona 581m, Benchoona East Top 585m, Currywongaun 273m, Doughruagh 526m, Doughruagh South Top 525m, Garraun 598m, Garraun South Top 556m, Letterettrin 333m
SE: Glencoaghan Loop: Bencollaghduff 696m, Benglenisky 516m, Benlettery 577m, Bencorr 711m, Bencorr North Top 690m, Bencorrbeg 577m, Binn an tSaighdiúra 653m, Benbreen 691m, Benbreen Central Top 680m, Benbreen North Top 674m, Derryclare 677m, Bengower 664m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Garraun South Top, 556m Mountain Maolchnoc (mullach theas) A name in Irish,
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For origin of name, see Garraun., Garraun, Galway County in Connacht province, in Arderin Lists, Garraun South Top is the 404th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference L76332 60570, OS 1:50k mapsheet 37
Place visited by: 137 members, recently by: abbiew1001, TommyMc, srr45, Carolineswalsh, Kaszmirek78, SFlaherty, jimmel567, elizauna, annem, derekfanning, Superterence, fingalscave, abcd, peter1, JoHeaney
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Longitude: -9.86794, Latitude: 53.580605, Easting: 76332, Northing: 260570, Prominence: 31m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 476309 760592
Bedrock type: Schists, grits, metavolcanics, mylonitic, (Ben Levy Grit Formation)
Notes on name: The townland south of this top, running down to Kylemore Lough, is Lemnaheltia (Ir. Léim na hEilte, 'the doe's leap'). It appears on Mercator's map of Ireland (1595) as Dosleape. This must originally have been the name of a mountain or cliff. According to legend Fionn Mac Cumhail's dog Bran pursued a doe here. When the doe leapt from the summit, Bran fell from the cliff into the lake. Most likely it refers to the steep south face of Doughruagh overlooking Kylemore Lough and Pollacappul Lough, though Doughruagh is not in Lemnaheltia but the neighbouring townland of Pollacappul. Variations of this story can be found throughout Ireland. In Kerry, for instance, there is a lake named Lough Brin (Ir. Loch Broin, 'Bran's lake') south of the Reeks. Previously Lemnaheltia in MV. Altnagaighera is the name of a spur to the W which is lower than Garraun South top but more sharply defined.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: GrnSth, 10 char: GrnSthTp

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Summary for Garraun South Top (Maolchnoc (mullach theas)): Unremarkable Grassy Top
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Picture: pic:Colin Murphy - Altnagaighera from Garraun South Top
Garraun South Top is situated in the less-visited northern half of the Twelve Bens, separated from the more prominent hills by the N59. It lends itself well to being combined in routes with other hills, particularly Benchoona and Garraun itself, but also Doughruagh further southwest. The summit itself is an unremarkable grassy mound marked only by a handful of stones. 800m out the western spur however, lies the more satisfyingly craggy Altnagaighera (not an MV listed hill) with a great impression of exposure.

The most direct way to this summit alone would be to ascend by the obvious spur to its south and east. Park on the road at the southern end of Lough Fee (A (L804 596)) and head north along a farm track skirting the western side of the lake. At around B (L800 600), head west over featureless and wet ground onto the spur. This could be combined with visits to Benchoona and Garraun, before descending by the eastern spur off Garraun and back to Lough Fee.

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

Garraun South Top can also be reached from Lettergesh to the northwest, beginning at BnGeha (L74958 63413) and ascending over Benchoona to the summit.
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CaptainVertigo on Garraun South Top
by CaptainVertigo 6 Dec 2006
Altnagaighera. From here, eternity does not seem so far. You can spend a long hour staring at the dark green northern face of Doughruach. But it is vaguely disturbing, and suggestive of purgatory. Better to study the north Connemara coastline, and its several islands, and enormous beaches of south Mayo- splashes of heaven on a clear day. Altnagaighera, though no more than a pimple on the massif, gives an impression of exposure, just enough to drive off any hint of smugness. The whiff of danger adds piquancy to the Paul Henry merging of sky sea and land. Linkback:
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Picture: The Doe's Leap
padodes on Garraun South Top
by padodes 26 Jun 2007
Reading the comments on Garraun South Top, I notice that it is often referred to as Lemnaheltia. By rights, though, I think that name only applies to the craggy buttress SW of the top (part of it can be seen in the photo, with Doughruagh behind). That is reflected in the Harvey map of Connemara which even seems to pinpoint a spot at approx. C (L763 598). It would also correspond to the origen of the name Léim na hilte (the Doe's Leap), which is derived from the story of Fionn Mac Cumhail's favourite hound, Bran, who, in hot pursuit of a doe, jumped over the crags and tumbled headlong into the lake below. (There were no mighty Connemara sheep fences to break his fall in those days.) The crags are a beautiful place to forget about time and soak in the scenery. As for the name 'Garraun South Top', which doesn't appear on the Harvey map, I suppose it's as good as any other. It has at least the merit of adding another 500m top to the list. Linkback:
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Picture: The craggy approach to Altnagaighera from Garraun S Top
Colin Murphy on Garraun South Top
by Colin Murphy 9 Jun 2008
Garraun South Top itself is an unremarkable grassy mound marked only by a handful of stones, although it boasts fine views. Much more interesting is the craggy top of Altnagaighera about 800m to the west. The views from this spot on a fine day are remarkable and there is much more of a sense of having reached a genuine summit. Linkback:
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simon3 on Garraun South Top
by simon3 6 May 2003
This misty panorama shows the dark Doughruagh to the left with Altnagaighera, the toothy spur of Lemnaheltia to the right. Oh, you can see so much of interest in this picture, despite the overcast. Between the peaks is a view of the Renvyle peninsula and some prominent lakes. The first of these, below Doughruagh, is Knappagh Lough, the further lake to the right is L. Acreagh while faintly in the distance is Tully Lough. The island to the right is “Crump Island”. Lost in the mist above it lies another island, Inishturk, however the low Inishbofin island is visible just to the right of the hill at the end of the peninsula (Tully Mountain 356m) Linkback:
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by simon3 13 May 2003
Lough Knappagh stands at the foot of the dark Doughruagh mountain across the valley. Doughruagh is dark because it is made of a black rock, gabbro. In sharp contrast to this is the gaudily coloured and patterned conglomerate rock that breaks out in places such as to the left of this picture which was taken from Altnagaighera, the interesting spur of Lemnaheltia. To the right of the picture Lough Touther and some of the coastline near Letterfrack. Linkback:
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