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Achill & Corraun Area   SE: Corraun Subarea
Place count in area: 16, OSI/LPS Maps: 22, 30, CBW 
Highest place:
Croaghaun, 688m
Maximum height for area: 688 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 688 metres,

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Corraun Hill Mountain Cnoc an Chorráin A name in Irish, also Currane Hill an extra name in English (Ir. Cnoc an Chorráin [OSNB*], 'hill of the hook') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Pale quartzites, psammitic schists Bedrock

Height: 524m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: L75406 96048
Place visited by 108 members. Recently by: annem, upper, pcost, fingal, abcd, Ulsterpooka, markwallace, ochils_trekker, mountainmike, justynagru, liz50, eamonoc, Grumbler, ilenia, JakeG
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Longitude: -9.896217, Latitude: 53.898923 , Easting: 75406, Northing: 296048 Prominence: 103m,  Isolation: 2.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 475382 796058,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crn525, 10 char: Coraun Hil
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, psammitic schists, (Corraun Quartzite Member)

The large peninsula, which is very nearly an island, lying between Achill and the mainland of Mayo is called Corraun (Ir. Corrán Acla, 'sickle of Achill'). The name may refer to the shape of this hill or perhaps to the promontory Gubnahardia, near which the village of Corraun is situated. Corraun is part of the parish of Achill. For a walk on the S slopes of Corraun Hill, see Siúlóidí Acla, walk M.   Corraun Hill is the 494th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Corraun Hill (<i>Cnoc an Chorráin</i>) in area Achill & Corraun, Ireland
Picture: Trig & Cairn
 
Corraun at the double
by Colin Murphy  31 Mar 2011
Shot shows the trig pillar and large cairn that mark the summit of this mountain, which was our second stop on a Corraun East Top-Corraun walk. Set off along the track recommended by darrenf (point A) which can double as a starting point for the ascent of either top as it takes you roughly to the mid point between that lower slopes of the two mountains , both of which have their merits. We chose to ascend the east top first, (see pic of the fascinating rocky top on Corraun East Top's page) and then headed west to Corraun itself, which offers spectacular views along the way and gets even better at the top, despite the fact that we had a bright but hazy day. Headed directly south from Corraun to rejoin track and made it back to car in precisely 4 leisurely hours. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/405/comment/6287/
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malonesean on Corraun Hill, 2004
by malonesean  6 Sep 2004
Climbed Corraun Hill in mixed weather conditions. The views are excellent from the top of Corraun with Clare Island to the Southwest, Clew Bay to the South,Achill directly west and Black sod bay to the North. It a good all round walk, not too difficult but plenty of cliffs to peer over. Ascent can be made up the spur to the east of Lough Cullydoo. The area is quite boggy here. Take care in bad visibility. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/405/comment/1171/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Corraun Hill (<i>Cnoc an Chorráin</i>) in area Achill & Corraun, Ireland
Picture: view of Corraun from cairn dropping down E Top
gerrym on Corraun Hill, 2007
by gerrym  8 Sep 2007
I approached Corraun Hill from its strangely bigger E top, this was a rewarding walk through and above corries with big views in all directions. There is good guidance from the E top through a series of cairns which lead to the broad col with its pools of water. The climb to the summit is an easy 20 minutes of walking, first coming to the cairn at the E side and then to the trig pillar and surrounding cairns, complete with those who choose to spell thier name out with the numerous rocks available.The views are much the same as those from the E top, impressive is the word i am looking for - Achill is laid bare and the eye strolls over Clare Island to the mountainous land that is beyond Clew Bay, oh and did i mention the views to the NE to the Nephin Begs?.

Unfortunately our great summer saw fit to dump a half hour of torrential rain down upon me and the area whilst i was on the summit. I dropped down the NE spur, with the corrie lough of Knockacorraun to the right and the larger lough Loughaun, Achill Sound and the height of Slievemore to the left, good company i think. I was accompanied by the thunderous sound of water as small streams quickly increased in volume and new streaks of white ran down the hillside from the rain. The spur drops down in a series of not too taxing steps and the river flowing from the corrie lough has to be crossed - i had to walk a long way along its length to find a safe place to cross with the height of water and the signs of the flash flooding which had occured when i was higher up the hill.
This detour and the changes made to the forestry and its tracks caused me a bit of a headache and quite a bit of time in navagating back to return through the forest to the starting point of the walk. This and the heavy rainshower did not deflate waht was a cracking day on a cracking hill, with views to match. This area pound for pound (okay height for height) has to be one of the most varied and impressive areas that i have walked in - can be easily done in a day so what are you waiting for? Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/405/comment/2784/
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Corraun - a place of little corries?
by Barry  20 Feb 2015
I've been studying placenames in this general district and I note that William Bald's map of c.1816 uses various spellings but Currawn would be typical. He also labels the various corries Curra Lea, Curra Duff, Curra Beg and it's quite clear that here and elsewhere on his map, that 'Curra' represents 'Coire' - a pot, cauldron literally but used for corries and coums. Given that there are several such corries on Corraun and they are all small, I'd venture to suggest that Corraun or Currawn is a general name for the area, meaning a place of small corries. Knockacorraun from the adjacent lake is probably a more appropriate name for the summit area. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/405/comment/17849/
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Picture: After the deluge: Ballycroy and the Nephin Beg range from Corraun
 
One Enchanted Evening
by ochils_trekker  9 Jun 2020
I did an evening ascent of this hill in early September 2018, estimating that I would comfortably complete the first top and get back with plenty of daylight. Parking at Belfarsad Bridge where there is a good space for a couple of cars L748 985 A, I followed the road south and accessed the bog approach behind the house at L748 981 B (after asking permission from the owner) and heading broadly SSE towards the west flank.
In hindsight, the approach described from the bog track north of the bridge would probably have been easier, but I hadn't done my research here at that point.
No matter, the walking was not too heavy underfoot until the steep climb through dense heather began. There was the odd bit of a sheep trail , but basically it was a case of ploughing on with frequent stops to get a breath and look back at the views opening up of Achill Island, and watching for the regular squalls approaching from the Atlantic so that I could crouch down and stay as dry as possible until they passed quickly. Stupidly I had not put my waterproof overtrousers on although managed to get the jacket donned before the first deluge hit !
After about an hour or so, the approach ridge was reached, and the going became much easier through short grass and rocks, to reach the trig point and take a few shots before the light started to fade. I was lucky that the weather cleared for the last of the day, giving spectacular clear light and tremendous vistas back to Slievemore, Croaghaun and Achill Sound nearby, and the expanse of Ballycroy National Park and the Nephin Beg range beyond Bellacragher Bay.
The return was broadly by the same route, but I would suggest the bog road mentioned above. It might be a bit longer, but looks less arduous. Total time taken 3-4 hours with photo stops and general dawdling and gawping at the top.
Definitely one for a longer exploration at another time, taking in Slieve Aghkerane and the rest of the ridge.
I climbed Slievemore the next day – and was blessed with glorious weather - but I would rate this hill even higher for scenic appeal. Highly recommended as an area and an individual hill ascent. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/405/comment/20797/
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