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MacGillycuddy's Reeks Area , E: Cnoc an Bhráca Subarea
Feature count in area: 29, all in Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, EW-KNP, EW-R
Highest Place: Carrauntoohil 1038.6m

Starting Places (19) in area MacGillycuddy's Reeks:
Ballaghbeama Gap, Bridia Valley End, Cronins Yard, Gap of Dunloe Head of, Gap of Dunloe Kate K, Glashaknockbrassel Stream, Glasheenoultagh Stream, Hydro Road CP, Knocknsallagh Bridge, Lisleibane Trail Head, Lough Acoose North, Lough Acoose West, Lough Cappanlea OEC, Lough Caragh SW, Lough Fada N, Lough Reagh N, Maghanlawaun Bridia Valley, Shamrock Farmhouse B&B, Tomies Lough Leane NW

Summits & other features in area MacGillycuddy's Reeks:
Cen: Reeks West: Beenkeragh 1008.2m, Caher 1000m, Caher West Top 973.4m, Carrauntoohil 1038.6m, Cnoc Íochtair 746.3m, Hag's Tooth 662m, Knockbrinnea East Top 845.4m, Knockbrinnea West Top 852.2m, The Bones Peak 956.5m, Skregmore 847.7m, Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann 852.1m
E: Cnoc an Bhráca: Cnoc an Bhráca 728m, Cnoc na dTarbh 655m, Strickeen 440m
N: Reeks North: Knockbrack 425m, Knocknabrone Hill 353m, Skregbeg 573m
NW: Gortnagan: Gortnagan Beg 298m
SE: Reeks East: Brassel Mountain 575m, Cnoc an Chuillinn 954.6m, Cnoc an Chuillinn East Top 922.9m, Knocknapeasta 985.1m, Cnoc na Toinne 844.1m, Cruach Mhór 930.8m, Maolán Buí 968.9m, The Big Gun 939.9m
SW: Bridia: Beann Bhán 459.5m, Beendarrig 449.7m, Beann Dubh 450.5m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Cnoc an Bhráca, 728m Mountain
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(Ir. Cnoc an Bhráca [OSI 1:25,000], 'hill of the rough ground'), Kerry County in Munster province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Cnoc an Bhráca is the 92nd highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference V85849 85445, OS 1:50k mapsheet 78
Place visited by: 319 members, recently by: kieran117, rhw, MartMc, Lucy.boland, orlaithfitz, maoris, Carolineswalsh, ToughSoles, Kaszmirek78, Caithniadh, SeanPurcell, Krzysztof_K, mcgrathe, therealcrow, Ansarlodge
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Longitude: -9.663312, Latitude: 52.009683, Easting: 85849, Northing: 85445, Prominence: 97m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 485816 585491
Bedrock type: Well-bedded grey sandstone, (Lough Acoose Sandstone Formation)
Notes on name: On reaching Cnoc an Bhráca when traversing the eastern Reeks, Cruach Mhór , the Big Gun and the ridge between come into full view.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: CncanB, 10 char: CncanBhrác

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Summary for Cnoc an Bhráca : The last hurrah of the high Reeks
Summary created by Peter Walker 2018-11-14 19:51:43
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Picture: Cnoc an Bhráca (left) and the Reeks ridge from Struicín
Cnoc an Bhráca, together with its near neighbour Cnoc na DTarbh, are the last (relatively) high summits along the great ridge of the Eastern Reeks; beyond here the ground gradually declines to the lesser eminence of Struicin, before conclusively plunging to the Kerry plains. It is a mountain of rough grassy slopes and in possession of a fine summit cairn.

The ascent is generally made from the Gap of Dunloe to the north-east, perhaps starting from the fleshpots of Kate Kearney's Cottage at ( GapDun KK (V88080 88811)), walking south into the Gap before leaving the road to follow the obvious bog road up the flanks of Struicín. On emerging on the higher ground walk south across a potentially very boggy section before a final steep pull to the top. Views are very extensive to the north, over the declining ridge and lowlands, the Tomies/Purple Mountain group lies to the east, and the continuing Reeks ridge rears up dramatically to the south-west.

Other ascents can be made from higher up the Gap of Dunloe (for instance from (A (V870 833)) near the head, but suitable discretion should be exercised given the complex, steep and craggy nature of the terrain.
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Picture: Cruach Mor from Cnoc An Bhraca
madfrankie on Cnoc an Bhráca
by madfrankie 26 May 2009
Normally, 731 meters would be considered quite statuesque for an Irish hill, but not when you're a member of the MacGillycuddy family. The photo shows the route west from Cnoc An Bhraca up to the main eastern ridge. A distinct track descends to a col (Eisc An Bhraca) and continues up to Cruach Mor's grottoed summit. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/87/comment/3785/
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jackill on Cnoc an Bhráca
by jackill 29 Aug 2004
Looking back from the ridge before Cruach Mhor to Cruach Bheag in the centre foreground and Cnoc na Braca behind. In the back ground is Lough Leane, Tomies Mountain and Purple Mountain over the Gap of Dunloe Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/87/comment/1148/
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Picture: Cairn on top of Cnoc an Bhráca (Cruach Mhor and the Reeks in background)
HimiWack on Cnoc an Bhráca
by HimiWack 12 Jul 2009
Climbed Cnoc an Bhraca on 3.Jun 2009. It was a very hot and dry day on the end of a dry waether stage. Started at Kate Kearney´s Cottage at 10:00. It is an easy and fast ascent from Gap of Dunloe via Turf Path to the elevated bog plain around Strickeen Hill. Here the path ends and i passed Strickeen Hill on left, crossing the bog field and heading for the path on the foot of Cnoc an Bhraca. The bog field was easy to walk because of the dryness, i think in a wet time it will be much catchier. I arrived on summit after 2,5 hrs walk. Here are great views to the Reeks, the Black Valley and Purple Mountain. Descending via Cnoc na dTarbh and Drishana, and from here following a fence i reached the Black Valley road approximately 800m southwest of Madman´s Seat. Back through the Gap of Dunloe. The whole walk takes around 6 hrs. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/87/comment/3914/
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mart on Cnoc an Bhráca
by mart 1 Feb 2006
We approached from Kate Kearney's. climbing a trrack up the side of Strickeen mountain, which petered out leaving us with more than a mile of bog to cross. It was January so it was half-frozen but this area is a big disincentive. The summit is a steep 250m and the view is probably wonderful, but on this occasion all was fog. We decided to leave SE towards Cnoc na dTarbh, which is not far off and reached without much trouble, and from there descend S over Drishana and then down by following a fence down to the head of the gap. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/87/comment/2161/
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Picture: View from summit cairn on Cnoc an Bhraca across to the Purple Mountains and Lough Leane
paulocon on Cnoc an Bhráca
by paulocon 27 Feb 2010
Having done the 4 tops of the Purples Range earlier in the day, I approached the turf path feeling tired but given that the day was still relatively young due to an early start, I took the zig zags up to the base of Strickeen Hill. I had been dreading the trudge through the bog but the overnight frost and snow meant that it wasn't anywhere near as bad as anticipated and the walk gave time to enjoy the exceptional view across to the reeks - it really is exceptional up there and feels very remote. Quite quickly, I was across to the snow-covered path up Cnoc an Bhraca. The path seems to diverge in a couple of places and after a couple of wrong choises, I met back with the path higher up the mountain and a last pull up the rocky upper end of the mountain gave way to the summit. Fantastic viewing point across to the eastern ridge - I was tempted to cross over to Cruach Mor for a look at the grotto but gave it a miss and headed for Cnoc na dTarbh. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/87/comment/4412/
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