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Croaghbarnes Hill Cruach an Bhearnais A name in Irish (Ir. Cruach an Bhearnais [SÓD*], 'stack of the gap') Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Main granite (adamellite) Bedrock

Height: 498.8m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 11 Grid Reference: G98986 90306
Place visited by 38 members. Recently by: abeach, madfrankie, Colin Murphy, BleckCra, Carolyn105, eamonoc, srr45, AlanReid, melohara, noucamp, Lauranna, ColinCallanan, Aidy, Wilderness, simoburn
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Longitude: -8.016521, Latitude: 54.760681 , Easting: 198987, Northing: 390307 Prominence: 54m,  Isolation: 1.4km
ITM: 598936 890297,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crghbr, 10 char: Crghbrns
Bedrock type: Main granite (adamellite), (Barnesmore Granite, G2 variety)

Cruach an Bhearnais is the 575th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghbarnes (<i>Cruach an Bhearnais</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: As seen from Cronamuck - Croaghbarnes is the rocky prominence dead centre of photo.
 
Remote, challenging Carn.
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  8 May 2023
Croaghbarnes is a fairly remote summit that requires a 11-12km round trip to do in isolation. On approach is from point G97259 87055 starA, next to some disapidated farm buildings, where there is parking for a couple of cars. Follow the meandering track to the NE where it will eventually come alongside a stream and some ancient machinery, which may have been involved in flood control. After that the track deteriorates to a muddy trail, but continues to a point where the stream forks at G98487 88831 starB. Follow the fork to the left, crossing the stream where you can (crossing points are not plentiful) and when near Lough Belshade ascend the steepish slope to the NE. Alternately, at the point where the river forks, continue up the valley to the NE for a further 2 km and ascend via a slightly less steep grassy slope to G99532 90173 starC, then turn SW for 500m back along the rocky ridge. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/462/comment/5221/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghbarnes (<i>Cruach an Bhearnais</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Sinner posing as Saint on Croaghbarnes
eflanaga on Croaghbarnes, 2007
by eflanaga  12 Nov 2007
From Croaghaniwore (see for previous leg) I turned towards Croaghbarnes dropping down fairly steeply through mixture of rocky hillside and long tussock grass eventually flattening out onto the saddle dividing the Corabber (SW) & Cronamuck (NE) River valleys, before climbing up onto Croaghbarnes. Here I found a suitable camping site about 150m short of the top. I set camp and retired early determined to get an early start the following morning. From the camp site the following morning, I popped up onto the summit IG 99061 90362 starD. From here the summits of many of the peaks around and about were visible while beneath them the countryside was enveloped in an early morning (07.00hrs) mist. As I made my way to my next target, Croaghbane, I came across one of those rarely seen phenomena a ''brocken spectre' with my silhouette caught directly in it - very 'saintly' - I think not!. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/462/comment/2893/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghbarnes (<i>Cruach an Bhearnais</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: A Forbidding Looking Croaghbane From Croaghbarnes
 
A Wild Landscape
by Aidy  13 Apr 2015
Recently I've been trying to get to all the summits in the central Bluestacks, which are usually difficult to reach, being far from roads, and behind other mountains. On Sunday, I targeted Croaghbarnes, Meenanea and Cronamuck. I started from an unnamed road, north of Lough Eske, overlooking the Corabber River. A few yards after leaving the car I arrived at a gate with Private Property, No Tresspassing, and for good measure, Beware of the Bull signs, so there are definitely access issues here. I confess, I pushed on regardless, taking the gravel track uphill, still overlooking the river, until it petered out on higher ground to the north. Luckily, I wasn't spotted, or the landowner wasn't bothered. As I suspected, there was also no trace of a bull in this terrain. Once off the track, I entered a confusing area of micro hills and valleys, with high, steep slopes to my left, but I was able to follow the river to Lough Belshade. It was a dramatic sight, backed by the steep cliffs of the main Bluestack ridge, still dusted with snow. This is a really wild, beautiful area. I went up the steep, rocky southwest side of Croaghbarnes, emerging on to the lough covered summit area, and continuing from there to the top. Views from there were breathtaking for 360 degrees, and the hard walking was well rewarded. A magnificent walk which I continued on to Meenanea and Cronamuck. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/462/comment/17927/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croaghbarnes (<i>Cruach an Bhearnais</i>) in area Bluestack Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Lough Belshade, from lower slopes croaghbarnes
Central Bluestack Carn
by eamonoc  2 Feb 2023
Climbed as first of three Carns in the heart of the Bluestack Mts, approach from minor road at Northern end of
Lough Eske Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/462/comment/23825/
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