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Comeragh Mountains Area   Cen: Comeragh Central Subarea
Place count in area: 24, OSI/LPS Maps: 74, 75, 81, 82, EW-C, EW-K 
Highest place:
Kilclooney Mountain, 792m
Maximum height for area: 792 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 626 metres,

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Croughaun Hill Hill Cruachán Paorach A name in Irish (Ir. Cruachán Paorach [PND], 'little stack of the de Poers') Waterford County in Munster Province, in Binnion List, Conglomerate, sandstone & siltstone Bedrock

Height: 391m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 75 Grid Reference: S37942 11019
Place visited by 43 members. Recently by: Taisce, chelman7, JohnFinn, nickywood, TippHiker, Jay9, Wildrover, hivisibility, wicklore, Barry28213, conormcbandon, DeltaP, jasonmc, t.jay, frankmc04
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Longitude: -7.445182, Latitude: 52.250058 , Easting: 237942, Northing: 111019 Prominence: 225m,  Isolation: 6.3km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 637884 611071,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Crg391, 10 char: CrghnHil
Bedrock type: Conglomerate, sandstone & siltstone, (Croughaun Formation)

A rock on the summit is called Carraig a' Bhrannra, 'rock of the cattle-pen' [PND].   Croughaun Hill is the 974th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croughaun Hill (<i>Cruachán Paorach</i>) in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: From the West at Coumshingaun
 
Well worth a visit
Short Summary created by jackill  16 Jun 2013
Start at the forest entrance S36451 10191 starA where the is room to park 3-4 cars.
Follow the forest track uphill.
After coming to a gate next to a sheep fold at S37063 11231 starB do not go through the gate but turn to your right and hop the broken gate/wire you see.
There is a rough track which skirts the foresty to your left follow this track to S37725 11270 starC then continue on the track skirting around the summit to the right until you finally meet a grassy ramp(slight crossing of high heather to reach it) on the east of the mountain just after the track starts to descend, follow this to the summit.
To add variety to the walk descend the track to the east of the summit for about 250 meters, do no go any further.
At S38147 11140 starD, 336m elevation, cross the fence to your left and follow the bottom edge of a rough clearing to reach a road at S38086 11276 starE, 320m elevation .
Following this road will take you back to your start point Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/851/comment/5610/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croughaun Hill (<i>Cruachán Paorach</i>) in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: A view west to the main Comeragh Range from the summit of Croughaun
Magnificent Views
by JohnFinn  16 Jul 2022
I've often gazed across at Croughaun while making my way up Coumshingaun and wondered if it might be worth checking out some day. That day came in a hot mid-July when a few of us needed something a lot less strenuous than our usual hikes and which would afford us some pleasant cool walking along forest paths. And so it proved. The starting point was the Croughaun Hill Car Park and we followed the forestry road from there.We walked to the end of that road and then cut through the forestry until we emerged into the open and ascended to the summit from the eastern side. We had been expecting a clearly defined path leading off the forestry road but if it exists we couldn't find it. Forestry growth over the last few years may have done for it.

The view west from the summit is magnificent - the Comeraghs in all their glory: Coumshingaun, Crotty's Rock, the Knockanaffrin Ridge.

We made our way back the same way and our very leisurely stroll took us just over a couple of hours. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/851/comment/23587/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croughaun Hill (<i>Cruachán Paorach</i>) in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: View of eastern Comeraghs from Croughan Hill
 
Good views after a fairly short walk.
by simon3  25 Apr 2010
This fine little hill offers great views of the Comeraghs from the east. Park as jackill suggests at the forestry entrance. Walk to the end of the forest road at around S38091128 starF and then through trees for around 160m at around 120 degrees when you will emerge at the side of the forest. Then walk uphill around 300m to arrive at the top.
Fine views await you. The picture is of the Comeraghs centred on Coumshingaun around 6km away. There are also views towards the Knockanaffrin ridge, Slievenamon, some of the smaller hills such as Carricktriss Gorse and even some of the coastline. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/851/comment/4660/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croughaun Hill (<i>Cruachán Paorach</i>) in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The Comeraghs
Croughan Hill, simple but good
by jackill  26 Apr 2010
The forestry entrance at S36451 10191 starA marks the start of this 6.5km walk. There are good views as you rise of the looming bulk of the Comeraghs behind you to the west. After coming to a gate next to a sheep fold at S37063 11231 starB do not go through the gate but turn to your right and hop the broken gate/wire you see. There is a rough track which skirts the foresty to your left follow this track to S37725 11270 starC then continue on the track skirting around the summit to the right until you finally meet a grassy ramp on the east of the mountain just after the track starts to descend, follow this to the summit.
The detailed instructions are because the areas off this track seem to be covered with conglomerate rocks concealed by high heather, not the best surface to walk on as I found!.
From the summit you have a great view of the Comeraghs particularly the Coumshingaun corrie which is one of the best examples of a glacial corrie in Ireland. Some geologists have speculated that the area around Croghaun Hill ,which is made up of a different conglomerate sandstone to the Comeragh plateau could in fact be older than the plateau itself. Also of note are two outporings of green/red vesicular lava at Carrigduff and Coolnahorna which are to the north of the fork in the Ire river at Kilclooney bridge. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/851/comment/3440/
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Picture: Bee hives on Croughan Hill
 
Bee careful!
by csd  19 Sep 2010
I followed jackill's instructions, but impatient to get up to the summit, I ignored the bit about meeting a grassy ramp and headed straight for the summit after his third point. Unless you're trying to get back into shape for a ski holiday, this probably isn't what you want to do, as you'll spend the next 20 minutes lifting the legs high over heather and ferns.

The mist was down, so no views from the summit for me: just the trig pillar and what appear to be the remains of a set of level crossing gates. Here instead is a picture of a group of bee hives, which are located just off the track near the parking spot noted by jackill. Might be a good idea to keep kids and dogs away from this spot -- you'll know it by the old radiator visible as a bridge across the drainage ditch on the track! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/851/comment/6096/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Croughaun Hill (<i>Cruachán Paorach</i>) in area Comeragh Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Specks of snow on the Comeraghs from the summit
Much better views than you'd expect.
by thomas_g  28 Jan 2012
Followed Jackhill's instructions and got to the summit fairly easily, having about an hour before darkness, we decided to try the variety option. Heading down a fairly steep track east from the summit along a forestry fence, we never found the clearing to allow us to cut across to S38091128 starF.
With darkness looming we bailed out onto the road at S38901130 starG and had a long dark damp 6/7km walk back to the car at S36451 10191 starA. Despite all that, I'll be back, the views on a fine day would be second to none. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/851/comment/6668/
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