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Blackstairs Mountains Area , N: Blackstairs North 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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Croaghaun, 455.5m Hill An Cruachán A name in Irish,
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, Wexford County in Leinster province, in Carn Lists, Croaghaun is the 717th highest place in Ireland. Croaghaun is the most northerly summit in the Blackstairs Mountains area.
Grid Reference S83426 57608, OS 1:50k mapsheet 68
Place visited by: 73 members, recently by: Meerkat24, mickhanney, andodenis, MartaD, markwallace, abcd, Colin Murphy, pinchy, Roen, Jay9, mountainmike, loftyobrien, finkey86, saule, ewen
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -6.767713, Latitude: 52.663627, Easting: 283426, Northing: 157608, Prominence: 120m,  Isolation: 2.9km
ITM: 683357 657651
Bedrock type: Dark blue-grey slate, phyllite & schist, (Maulin Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg456, 10 char: Croagha456

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Summary for Croaghaun (An Cruachán): Easy walk with good views of the Blackstairs.
Summary created by simon3 2010-06-07 19:39:47
            MountainViews.ie picture about Croaghaun (<em>An Cruachán</em>)
Picture: Croughan from the East.
As of 2010 the forestry to the south of the summit has been harvested leaving good views of the broad northern end of the Blackstairs.
An easy way to start is from the SE at Kilbrannish Forest Recreation Area car park at around KlBranish (S842 568). Follow a marked track which goes generally NW towards the summit which is around 1 km away.
It is also possible to start from the less formal car park at Corrbut Gap A (S832 568), walk uphill (north) with the forest edge on your left. Continue in the same direction after crossing a forest track to reach the top.
It is possible to use forest tracks as shown on OSI Mapsheet 68 to reach Greenoge to the east.
Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/602/comment/5361/
Member Comments for Croaghaun (An Cruachán)

            MountainViews.ie picture about Croaghaun (<em>An Cruachán</em>)
Picture: Summit area of Croaghaun.
csd on Croaghaun
by csd 29 Sep 2007
We tackled Croaghaun after completing Greenoge -- see that comment for parking info. Sheet 68 appears to be accurate in its depiction of the tracks. The summit of Croaghaun is a bend in a forest track, with recently-felled ground to the left and forest on the other sides. It's not particularly inspiring, and the fog made it even less so. Ah well, another one in the bag, and as consolation, a small herd of deer did put in an appearance. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/602/comment/2843/
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Picture: Standing stone
Some megalithic interest
by Colin Murphy 13 Dec 2021
Not a particularly attractive hill, but easily accessible. I did a loop walk taking in Greenoge along a good forest track across Kilbrannish Hill. One interesting aspect of Croaghaun is the presence of a standing stone over a stile about 50m along the track north of summit area. Standing stones are something of a curiosity, as little is known of their intended function. It is believed that rituals and other ceremonies would have been carried out around them. Apparently in the middle ages and later, people believed that as long as they were still standing, no bad luck would befall the locals in that area. Standing stones vary in date from about the late Bronze Age period to the Early Iron Age period. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/602/comment/23365/
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Picture: Towards Greenoge from Croaghaun
madfrankie on Croaghaun
by madfrankie 30 Mar 2010
At the Corrbut Gap to the south of Croaghaun there's a large litter-strewn car park at point A (S832 568). Loads of TV sets have been abandoned here, which is rather pointless - the miscreants could have saved themselves the bother of driving up here by dropping them off at any Powercity or D.I.D.
Having jumped the gate across the road, we walked uphill (north) with the forest edge on our left. After a short while we crossed a forest track but kept going uphill to the underwhelming summit marked by an old wall at a right-angled turn in a forest track. It took about 15 minutes from the car park to the top. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/602/comment/4562/
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Picture: Stepping up to the undistinguished high point.
An undistinguished Top.
by Harry Goodman 31 Jul 2013
On 3 May 2013 we parked at the purpose made parking area for the Kilbrannish Looped Walk KlBranish (S84311 56818) and after a short walk up a stoney path to join the main track we followed the waymarked trail (purple arrows) in an anti-clockwise direction. About 1.5 km along the looped walk turned up left W B (S855 575). (Before continuing we detoured out and back to Greenoge. For details see my comments on Greenoge). Continuing up the purple trail we then went N and, a short way along, W again crossing the top of Kilbrannish Hill (Pt. 404) at C (S846 574)) actually on the track. Once up out of the trees we had views, somewhat restricted by mist, across to Mt. Leinster and it's E ridge leading out to Blackrock Mt.. Where the looped walk turned sharply down to the left at D (S83550 57600) we had to continue along the main track for about 100 metres to the top, an undistinguished high point along a raised ditch running parallel to the path. Once back at the looped walk we descended steeply down S and then ESE to the start. In all, including the 2k detour out and back to Greenoge, the walk took us two hours and was just under 8km in total. A pleasant introduction to four days walking in the Blackstairs. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/602/comment/15056/
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