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Bluestack Mountains Area , SE: Barnesmore Subarea
Feature count in area: 45, all in Donegal, OSI/LPS Maps: 11, 6
Highest Place: Croaghgorm 674m

Starting Places (22) in area Bluestack Mountains:
An Leathchruach, Barnsmore Gap, Bensons Hill, Caldragh CP, Clogher South peak, Cruach Mhín an Neanta, Doobin, Eanybeg Water Bridge, Edergole Farm, Gaugin Mountain, Glennacree CP, Hillhead, Lough Finn West, Lough Magrath Beg NE, Lough Muck North, Meenaguse Lough, Sand Lough Forest Picnic Area, Scoil Náisúnta an Choimín, Sheskinlubanagh, Sruell Gap Farm, Sruell River Road, St Columbkilles Well and Altar

Summits & other features in area Bluestack Mountains:
Cen: Reelan Hills: Altnapaste 364m, Gaugin Mountain 565m, Lacroagh 403m, Boultypatrick 429m, Croveenananta 476m, Croaghubbrid 416m, Croaghugagh 410m
N: Fintown Hills: Aghla Mountain South Top 589m, Aghla Mountain 593m, Scraigs 426m, Croaghleheen 385m
NW: Glenties: Cloghercor South 301m, Derkbeg Hill 332m, Drumnalough Hill 282m
S: Belshade: Croaghgorm 674m, Croaghgorm South-West Top 597m, Croaghgorm East Top 594m, Ardnageer 642m, Ardnageer SW Top 626m, Banagher Hill 392m, Croaghbane 641m, Croaghgorm Far South-West Top 561m, Cronamuck 444m, Croaghbarnes 499m, Glascarns Hill 578m, Meenanea 435m
SE: Barnesmore: Brown's Hill 496.4m, Cloghervaddy 402m, Croaghagranagh 440m, Croaghanirwore 546.1m, Croaghbrack 401m, Croaghconnellagh 523m, Croaghnageer 569.1m, Croaghnageer East Top 543.5m, Croaghnageer North-East Top 521m, Croaghonagh 451m
SW: Eany Beg Hills: Binbane 453m, Binbane NE Top 439m, Lavagh Beg 650m, Lavagh More 671m, Binnasruell 505m, Carnaween 521m, Cloghmeen Hill 429m, Silver Hill 600m, Cullaghacro 476m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Brown's Hill, 496.4m Hill
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, Donegal County in Ulster province, in Carn Lists, Brown's Hill is the 580th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference H02502 89229, OS 1:50k mapsheet 11
Place visited by: 55 members, recently by: dino, AlanReid, trostanite, annem, BleckCra, jlk, osullivanm, wicklore, wintersmick, markmjcampion, BogRunner1, LorraineG60, MichaelG55, Peter Walker, magnumpig
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -7.961917, Latitude: 54.750998, Easting: 202503, Northing: 389229, Prominence: 33m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 602451 889220,   Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Brw496, 10 char: Browns Hil
Bedrock type: Main granite (adamellite), (Barnesmore Granite, G2 variety)
Notes on name: This peak is on or near the boundary between the townlands of Cloghervaddy (par. Kilteevoge) and Tawnawully Mountains (par. Donegal). Any information on the Irish name of this hill would be welcome.
Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/464/
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Summary for Brown's Hill : Fine hill with well defined summit.
Summary created by Colin Murphy 2015-08-31 12:59:43
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Picture: Summit cairn
There is a large car park on the N15 at A (H043 873). Walk a few metres up the road to the right and you will see a substantial track across the road. Follow this track for about 1.5km, (which incidentally, is driveable for about 1km, and has space to park.) until you reach point B (H035 884). Leave the track and cross flat, marshy ground for about 200m and then head directly up the hillside in a NW direction. The initial ascent is quite steep but eases at about 400m elevation. You will pass a cairn on a shoulder of the hill before reaching the rocky summit about 500m later, which is also marked by a cairn. Time from car to top, just over an hour. Extensive views of the Bluestacks range.
Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/464/comment/5223/
Member Comments for Brown's Hill

vikinghar on Brown's Hill
by vikinghar 31 May 2008
Brown’s Hill and Croaghnageer (Cruach na gCaor = 'stack of the berries')

Barnes More Gap is a prominent feature of the road (N15) journey from Letterkenny to Donegal town, and all parts south. Some years ago I had walked the forestry path from the main road (point A) to the old school house closer to Ballybofey town and had marvelled at the beauty of the steep sides of Croaghconnellagh, Croaghnageer and Brown’s Hill, but had never actually got around to climbing them. So, yesterday, 25th May’08 I got out sheet 11 and decided to do a circular walk and climb Brown’s Hill and Croaghnageer.

We started off from the small car park on the N15, just opposite the start of the forestry path at point A. We walked the path passed the Barnes Lough valley, past the bottom of Brown’s Hill until the path runs due east. We turned off the path to follow the river on the eastern side of Brown’s Hill as it offered a gentler ascent. We followed this for a while and decided to go straight up to the plateaux, arriving first at the 451m height. There we found a confusing collection of three small cairns. From the 451m height we walked the short distance along the plateaux to the 498m top.

From the top you can plainly see the three tops of Croaghnageer and climbing Brown’s Hills was a easy ascent on the way. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/464/comment/3135/
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Picture: Snow-covered Croaghnageer from Browns Hill
In Praise Of A Minor Hill
by Aidy 1 Mar 2015
I've already commented on Browns Hill so won't go into details of routes etc here. Instead I just wanted to highlight what a great hill this is when weather conditions make getting to larger mountains difficult. During heavy snow in January I was able to access it from the N15 when minor roads would have been impassable. It is small enough to manage in difficult weather, but large enough to make a good walk, with some difficult terrain to get across on the way, and fairly steep sides. On this visit the rest of the Bluestacks looked magnificent in their Winter covering, and all this from a little visited hill in one of the quietest ranges in the country! We're very lucky in Ireland. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/464/comment/17865/
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Picture: Winter Wonderland. Looking North from the summit.
Back for a second attempt.
by Aidy 12 Jan 2014
The weather forecast was good for Sat 11 Jan 2014, so having been beaten back by Wintery conditions before Christmas, I decided to have another attempt at Brown's Hill and Croaghnageer. I parked at the picnic spot at the Northern end of Barnes Gap, and turning right on to the main road, a walk of a few metres led to a forestry road. A few hundred metres along the track, after emerging from the trees, I struck out across the bog to ascend the hill from the South East. As usual in the Bluestacks, it was difficult walking initially to reach the base of the hill and ascend the lower slopes. Very boggy with high grass and heather. However, it gets easier with height, as the ground levels out and becomes more rocky. The reward was the frozen summit with fantastic views in all directions. Highly recommended, both for its own sake, and as an approach to Croaghnageer, which was my next goal for the day. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/464/comment/15774/
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Bluestacks Circuit
by three5four0 11 May 2010
2 metres short of the 500 metre list it maybe, but has more cairns than most hills. An easy walk from Cloghervaddy. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/464/comment/4711/
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