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Blackstairs Mountains Area , S: Blackstairs South Subarea
Feature count in area: 13, by county: Wexford: 10, Carlow: 6, of which 3 are in both Carlow and Wexford, OSI/LPS Maps: 68, EW-B, EW-B
Highest Place: Mount Leinster 794.4m

Starting Places (20) in area Blackstairs Mountains:
Ballybawn Lane, Ballybeg Forest Road, Ballygibbon Lane, Ballyglisheen, Ballyvocran Cross, Bog Road L30072, Coonoge Cross Layby, Crooked Bridge, Glynn, Kilbrannish Forest Recreation CP, Mandoran Lane, R746 Half Way House, Raheenkyle, Rathanna Bridge, Sculloge Gap CP, Shannons Lane Sculloge, The Nine Stones CP, Urrin River Mid Rise, Urrin River Zig Zag, Urrin Road

Summits & other features in area Blackstairs Mountains:
N: Blackstairs North: Black Rock Mountain 599.6m, Croaghaun 455.5m, Greenoge 425m, Knockmore 228m, Knockroe 538.8m, Mount Leinster 794.4m, Mount Leinster East Top 656.5m, Slievebawn 524.8m
S: Blackstairs South: Blackstairs Mountain 732.1m, Carrigalachan 463m, Carrigroe 495m, White Mountain 509m, Slievebaun 441.8m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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White Mountain, 509m Mountain Dho Bran A name in Irish,
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previosly Bran Scultair an extra name in English, The Two Brans, Carlow/ Wexford County in Leinster province, in Arderin Lists, Dho Bran is the 539th highest place in Ireland. Dho Bran is the most southerly summit and also the second most westerly in the Blackstairs Mountains area.
Grid Reference S78598 40081, OS 1:50k mapsheet 68
Place visited by: 166 members, recently by: farmerjoe1, Jimmy600leavey, Marykerry, Haulie, maryblewitt, Dee68, Tuigamala, NualaB, nupat, Magic, Carolineswalsh, markwallace, Nailer1967, pinchy, Timmy.Mullen
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Longitude: -6.843225, Latitude: 52.50687, Easting: 278598, Northing: 140081, Prominence: 137m,  Isolation: 1.6km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 678529 640127
Bedrock type: Pale, fine to coarse-grained granite, (Blackstones Type 2 Equigranular Granite)
Notes on name: Máire MacNeill, discussing the customs associated with Caher Roe's Den, reports: Lesser piles along the top of the mountain-ridge are called after Fionn's dog, Bran, which is said to have leaped from one pile to another (MacNeill, 225). Bran Scultair and the nearby Dho Bran appear to be two such names, though their precise meaning is not clear.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Wht509, 10 char: WhtMntn509

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White Mountain or Cooliagh
by barryd 1 Feb 2012
There are at least six 'Brans' (granite tors) along this ridge of which Bran Scultair aka The Aerial Brans is just one. In the course of preparing mapping for this area, as far as I can see to date, the general name for this ridge, particularly from the Wexford side is White Mountain. The name might originally come from the rock outcrops on the Wexford side at the southern end but now seems to apply to the hill as a whole.
Patrick Kennedy's stories published in the mid 1800's, routinely refer to White Mountain. However he also uses Cooliagh in places for the same ridge and I suspect this is the older name, possibly from the Carlow side as that is much rockier - as in Liath. The gap between White Mountain/ Cooliagh or Carraigalachan and Blackstairs, where the old road crosses is known as The Meeting, after the pattern day, I think. However again the older name is the Cooliagh Gap or Mam a Chuliagh according to Kennedy. This pass was in regular use at the time of his writing for people journeying from Rathnure district across to Borris etc. Linkback:
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Picture: Wide white track visible on Carrigroe. Carriglachan and Blackstairs beyond
wicklore on White Mountain
by wicklore 14 Jul 2009
There is widespread forestry that covers the eastern slopes of the Bran Scultair – Carrigroe – Carriglachan ridge of hills. This forestry stops abruptly at the top of the ridge, and the western slopes are relatively free of forest growth. Therefore from Bran Scultair it is simple to handrail this forestry along the ridge north for the 3 ½ km walk to Carriglachan via Carrigroe. As if this wasn’t an easy enough route to follow, there has been an almighty track gouged out of the bog along the ridge. This extends from Bran Scultair to beyond Carrigroe. It is up to 15 feet wide in places. There is another 4 foot wide strip alongside this track made up of the debris that was dug up to create the track. This track must have been created to facilitate forestry operations but it really seems like overkill. It appears like a white scar on the landscape and is highly visible along its length. The whiteness is because of the stone and rock that is the base of the track. It stops just before the drop to the col north of Carrigroe, and the rest of the journey to Carriglachan is along a more traditional wide boggy track. Complaints aside, the track makes the route easy to walk, and the views are great to the west. As murphysw has said, it is possible to drive the car as far as you want along the forest tracks, even to within a half kilometre of the summit of Bran Scultair. Linkback:
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walker_hollick on White Mountain
by walker_hollick 16 May 2004
There is a mast at the top and it is possible to drive to this using forest tracks. Alternatively
you can start at GR B'Bawn Ln (S809 410) about a mile and a half from Rathnure - there is parking for
about 2 cars next to a bridge. From here you can follow forest tracks up to the col between
Blackstairs and Carrigalachan and from here follow the ridge in a roughly southerly direction
to Bran Scultair. From there either retrace your steps or follow forest tracks back to the start.

I found OS 68 to be quite accurate regarding depiction of tracks. Navigation is fairly easy, the trickiest part is probably finding the start. Linkback:
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Picture: Bran Scultair's strange summit outcrop
murphysw on White Mountain
by murphysw 4 May 2008
To access the road to the summit, drive to A (S758 364). This is the start of the road to the summit, which begins just after the Piano Gallery (???). The main road swings to the left, ours goes straight. Despite being marked as a track, its actually in great nick for an unsealed road and is more than suitable for an ordinary car. There is a barrier near the bottom so beware being locked up on the Blackstairs for the night! You can park the car anywhere, depending on how much work you want to do. I parked at B (S784 393) and took the path to the summit of Ballycrinnigan Rock, with its summit cross and Millenium Altar. From there its a straightforward stroll to the top of Bran Scultair with its mast and strangely perched trig point. The views over Carlow and to Brandon are superb especially when you do not have to break sweat to get there! Linkback:
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milo on White Mountain
by milo 2 Aug 2002
A small top to end a long ridge. A stony tricky area for solo walkers. Descent to the west can be a navigational challenge Linkback:
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