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Wicklow Area   S: Croaghanmoira Subarea
Place count in area: 115, OSI/LPS Maps: 28B, 55, 56, 61, 62, AWW 
Highest place:
Lugnaquilla, 925m
Maximum height for area: 925 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 905 metres,

Places in area Wicklow:
Cen: Glendalough North:   Brockagh Mountain 557mBrockagh Mountain NW Top 548mBrockagh Mountain SE Top 470mCamaderry Mountain 698.6mCamaderry South East Top 677.3mConavalla 734mTomaneena 682.4m
Cen: Glendalough South:   Carriglineen Mountain 455mCullentragh Mountain 510mDerrybawn Mountain 474mKirikee Mountain 474mLugduff 652mLugduff SE Top 637mMullacor 657mTrooperstown Hill 430m
N Cen: Tonelagee:   Carrignagunneen 561mFair Mountain 571.2mStoney Top 714mTonelagee 817mTonelagee NE Top 668mTonelagee South-East Top 546m
NE: Bray & Kilmacanogue:   Bray Head Hill 240mCarrigoona Commons East 242mDowns Hill 372mGreat Sugar Loaf 501mLittle Sugar Loaf 342m
NE: Djouce:   Djouce 725.5mKnockree 342mMaulin 570mTonduff 642mTonduff East Top 593mWar Hill 684.8mWhite Hill 631.1m
NE: Fancy:   Ballinafunshoge 480mKanturk 523mKnocknacloghoge 534mLuggala 595mRobber's Pass Hill 508.9mScarr 641mScarr North-West Top 561mSleamaine 430m
NE: Vartry:   Ballinacorbeg 336mBallycurry 301mDunranhill 342mMount Kennedy 365.9m
NW: Blessington:   Carrigleitrim 408mLugnagun 446.2mSlieveroe 332mSorrel Hill 599.5m
NW: Mullaghcleevaun:   Black Hill 602.2mCarrigshouk 572.5mCarrigvore 682mDuff Hill 720mGravale 718mMoanbane 703mMullaghcleevaun 849mMullaghcleevaun East Top 795mSilsean 698m
S: Aughrim Hills:   Cushbawn 400mKilleagh 249mMoneyteige North 427mPreban Hill 389m
S: Croaghanmoira:   Ballinacor Mountain 531mBallycurragh Hill 536mBallyteige 447mCarrickashane Mountain 508mCroaghanmoira 664mCroaghanmoira North Top 575mFananierin 426mSlieve Maan 547.8mSlieve Maan North Top 546.1m
S: Croghan Kinsella:   Annagh Hill 454mCroghan Kinsella 606mCroghan Kinsella East Top 562.1mKilmichael Hill 267mSlievefoore 414m
S: Shillelagh Hills:   Lakeen 357mSeskin 344mStookeen 420m
S: Tinahely Hills:   Ballycumber Hill 431mEagle Hill 296mMuskeagh Hill 397m
SE: Wicklow South East:   Ballinastraw 284mBallyguile Hill 188mBarranisky 280mCarrick Mountain 381mCollon Hill 238mKilnamanagh Hill 217mWestaston Hill 270m
W: Baltinglass:   Ballyhook Hill 288mBaltinglass Hill 382mCarrig Mountain 571mCarrigeen Hill 298mCloghnagaune 385mCorballis Hill 258mKeadeen Mountain 653mSpinans Hill 409mSpinans Hill SE Top 400mTinoran Hill 312m
W: Cen Lugnaquilla:   Ballineddan Mountain 652mBenleagh 689mCamenabologue 758mCamenabologue SE Top 663mCloghernagh 800mCorrigasleggaun 794mLugnaquilla 925mSlievemaan 759m
W: Donard:   Brewel Hill 222mChurch Mountain 544mCorriebracks 531mLobawn 636mSlievecorragh 418mSugarloaf 552mTable Mountain 701.7mTable Mountain West Top 563m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Ballinacor Mountain Mountain Sliabh Bhaile na Corra A name in Irish
Wicklow County in Leinster Province, in Arderin List, Quartzite Bedrock

Height: 531m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 62 Grid Reference: T11709 86486
Place visited by 189 members. Recently by: Bissboy, Louise.Nolan, GerryCarroll, wallr, Bunsen7, loftyobrien, therealcrow, wtrs, jgfitz, tphase, abcd, Grumbler, Prendo, TipsyDempy, David-Guenot
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Longitude: -6.340014, Latitude: 52.917935 , Easting: 311709, Northing: 186486 Prominence: 56m,  Isolation: 1.8km
ITM: 711633 686523,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BlncMn, 10 char: BlncrMntn
Bedrock type: Quartzite, (Maulin Formation)

Ballinacor is the name of a townland, a parish and two baronies (Ballinacor South and North).   Ballinacor Mountain is the 469th highest place in Ireland.

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padodes on Ballinacor Mountain, 2009
by padodes  19 Jan 2009
This may not seem a very pre-possessing mountain, but once one get to know its history, it begins to grow in stature. The stronghold of the O'Byrnes of Gabhal Raghnaill, a junior branch of the clan, was on the northern slope of Ballinacor (‘Baile na Corra’: the homestead of the slope). It was especially during the time of Fiach McHugh O’Byrne, in the latter part of the 16th century, that Gaelic resistance to the English invader was at its height – and its most successful – in this mountainous area around Glenmalure. Fiach won a resounding victory over Lord Grey in Glenmalure in 1580, although it is here, too, that he was finally defeated and slain by Lord Russell in 1597. If you wish to learn more about the O’Byrnes of Ballinacor, I would suggest a very informative article by Dr Harry Long of Trinity College, which you will find reproduced on http://homepage.eircom.net/~nobyrne/Settlement_in_Feagh_OByrne_Ballinacor.htm

It seems that the word ‘baile’ in Ballinacor refers, not to a village in our modern understanding, but to a ‘rath’ kind of settlement of wooden structures surrounded by protected earthen ramparts. What remains of two of the original three enclosures can be seen today, not far from the Georgian residence known as Ballinacor House. From here the O’Byrnes could control the entrance to Glenmalure and the Avonbeg River valley down to Greenan and beyond.

As far as the summit of this flat mountain is concerned, there is a small cairn that it is easy to miss at T 1170 8648 A (see photo, with Croaghanmoira rising in the background). My own best guess before I stumbled over this, however, was a point at T 1173 8653 B. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/393/comment/3530/
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padodes on Ballinacor Mountain, 2009
by padodes  20 Jan 2009
This is not the summit cairn on Ballinacor, although it has far more the appearance of that than the modest pile of stones that purports to mark the top, a short distance above it to the north. It can be found at T 1172 8636 C. I have no idea what its significance may be. A boundary marker, perhaps, or the whim of idle hands?

In the ‘Leabhar Branach’, the late medieval work of bardic verse that sings the praises of the O’Byrnes, Ballinacor is called a “hunter’s haven”, and even today wildlife abounds on and around this mountain. I don’t think I have ever seen in one place such numbers of pheasant lower down or of grouse above. Here too, one warm day, I approached what I thought was an old branch sticking up out of the heather, when all of a sudden it became the antlers of a big stag that rose up from a hollow a few metres in front of me where he had been sunning himself. A look of surprise and disdain, and he was gone! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/393/comment/3531/
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sbarany on Ballinacor Mountain, 2005
by sbarany  19 May 2005
Unfortunatelly, I have not read milo's comment before the walk and thus I visited Ballinacor (from Croaghanmoira). There were nothing (signpost, fence, warning) to indicate that walkers should keep off this top (or the area around it). There were no animals either, only walkers (one of them a local). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/393/comment/1703/
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Jaak on Ballinacor Mountain, 2005
by Jaak  30 Oct 2005
Climbed this recently from the Aughavannagh to Greenane road. Initially the views along this road are of Croaghanmoira, but after you round that mountain Ballinacor comes into view on your left. I travelled to the point where the road was closest to the mountain - at a bridge beside an acute bend. A gate leads from the road to the mountainside and the summit is an easy 20-30 minute walk from there. The gate was unlocked and there were no signs suggesting there were any restrictions on climbing from this point. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/393/comment/2026/
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csd on Ballinacor Mountain, 2003
by csd  5 May 2003
Those wishing to attempt Ballinacor should read milo's comments regarding access under the entry for Croaghanmoira. The photo shows Ballinacor viewed from Croaghanmoira, with the Irish Sea just visible in the distance. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/393/comment/473/
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Picture: Viewed from the South
Track marked on OS is no more
by Bunsen7  9 Aug 2020
A singular ascent of this mountain can be made from the south by parking off the road at T11251 85482 D and walking 50 metres downhill to the bridge over the river where there is a rusting metal gate into the field with a nice little bog pool just behind it to keep you on your toes (or send you on your heels). The OS map suggests there is a track leading from this gate northwards but I can assure you that as of August 2020 if there was a track here it is so heavily overgrown with waist height heather and bracken that it is more of a danger to the hillwalker than anything else.

You'll quickly find that bulling your way directly up the side of the thickly covered undergrowth is your only real option (see track 3780 for example). Thankfully there's only approximately 235m metres of ascent required to reach the summit so whilst you'll remind yourself of long forgotten steep pulls up similarly heathery hillsides you won't suffer as badly as you have done elsewhere. You'll negotiate the gorse in the lower stages and sidestep any small boulders easily, but don't expect any victims you've taken along with you to be thankful for a lovely outing. There may be one particular boulder covered boghole of interest on this side but it doesn't look deep enough to have ever have served as a store for bandits that we read about in other places and the solo summiteer has no time for such examinations.

The only thing of interest I noted on the summit area was that someone had recently been up there with some sort of all terrain ride on lawnmower and had given a few sections a close shave which just served to highlight how rounded and featureless the ages had rendered it.

Determined to confirm the non-existence of the fabled OS track I headed west off the summit and found an unsightly gouge about 2-3 metres deep and wide filled to the brim with bracken so I retreated to safety and stayed well east of the stream as I contoured back around through the heather to the gate and its little boggy pool. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/393/comment/20842/
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