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Knocknahillion North Top Mountain Cnoc na hUilleann (mullach thuaidh) A name in Irish, also Binn a' Dá Log an extra EastWest name in Irish For origin of name, see Cnoc na hUilleann / Knocknahillion. Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 541m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L87134 54513
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Longitude: -9.702931, Latitude: 53.528768 , Easting: 87134, Northing: 254513 Prominence: 36m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 487096 754550,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Knc542, 10 char: KncknhNrth
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

The name Maumean / Mám Éan in this location seems open to some doubt. It ought to refer to a col rather than a peak, but it is not mentioned by Tim Robinson either on his map or in the gazetteer, and since there is a Mám Éan about 6km further to the SW, there seems reason to suspect a confusion with this name.   Cnoc na hUilleann (mullach thuaidh) is the 444th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Knocknahillion North Top (<i>Cnoc na hUilleann (mullach thuaidh)</i>) in area Maamturks, Ireland
Picture: Knocknahillion North Top (centre) from just below Benadolug
Lovely spot surrounded by much very steep ground
by markwallace  15 Apr 2017
Knocknahillion North Top is easily reached from the little layby where the Bun na Croc road meets the Western Way at L8594 5337 starA. Knocknahillion North Top is itself invisible from this point, hiding away at the back between Knocknahillion and Barrlugrevagh. There’s a really lovely walk up between Knocknahillion and Barrlugrevagh, following the river (and occasional faint traces of a path in formation). The river takes you up north-east then east to end up in the impressive coum named Benadolug on OSI 37.

Benadolug is at about 430m altitude. It is surrounded by steep rocky walls on three sides, and looks out over Lough Inagh and the Twelve Bens on the fourth. By now Knocknahillion N will have come into view almost straight ahead. The peak looms very impressively from here, even though it’s only about 110 metres up.

The straight line up from Benadolug ends in an easy and fun scramble before coming out at Knocknahillion N’s narrow summit. (This scramble can also be easily avoided.) Knocknahillion itself is a straightforward 10-15 minute walk from here. These two peaks alone make a lovely short walk in the Maamturks, and a reasonably fit walker will do them in under two hours. (But how long is a piece of string?) Ascent is less than 600m, though the ground is rough, steep and for all practical purposes trackless.

The easiest descent option is via Benadolug again. Other descents from Knocknahillion are fraught with peril. In particular, the direct route south-west from the summit to the road, which may look tempting from above, involves negotiating small but very tricky bands of cliffs.

Sidepoint: The name Benadolug would seem to come from the Irish for “Peak of the Two Hollows” or something similar, so perhaps it should be the name of the peak itself, rather than the coum as indicated by OSI. Linkback:
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by silver  4 Apr 2005
View of Maumean ridge cliffs to the right of photo which links Cnoc na hUilleann to Letterbreckaun(Binn Bhriocain) Linkback:
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by silver  4 Apr 2005
View from Binn Bhriocain of Cnoc na Huilleann to the right of photo and Binn idir an da log to the back left. Linkback:
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mneary34 on Knocknahillion North Top, 2005
by mneary34  6 Jan 2005
Maumean is another of the heights in the third quarter(going south to North) of the Maamturks ridge walk. A substantial bearing change is required at this point heading from Cnoc na hUilleann to Binn Bhriocain. As is typical for much of this area the map needs to be studied beforehand to be aware of the very steep sides of the ridge walk. Linkback:
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