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South Connemara Area
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 44, 45 
Highest place:
Shannavara, 358m
Maximum height for area: 358 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 329 metres,

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Cnoc Mordáin Hill (Ir. Cnoc Mordáin [logainm.ie], 'hill of Mordán') Galway County, in Binnion List, Megacrystic pink/grey monzogranite Bedrock

Height: 354m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L86408 37770
Place visited by 35 members. Recently by: TommyV, fieldoptic, trevorf, ColinCallanan, juliewoods, eamonoc, frankmc04, Stiofan, deirdrenig, MichaelE, bryanmccabe, jimbloomer, chalky, mdoc1969, On-the-hills
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Longitude: -9.707642, Latitude: 53.378105 , Easting: 86408, Northing: 237770 Prominence: 329m,  Isolation: 6.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 486382 737795,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CncMrd, 10 char: CncMrdán
Bedrock type: Megacrystic pink/grey monzogranite, (Errisbeg Townland Granite)

Mordán is a wizard connected in folklore with this hill [TR]. The name is very suggestive of the Welsh Merddyn (Merlin). Walks: for a route around Binn Bhuí, S of Cnoc Mordáin, see Walking in Connemara, 3.2. For a walk along the ridge (named Derryrush to Kilkieran, rather than Cnoc Mordáin), see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 28-29.   Cnoc Mordáin is the second highest hill in the South Connemara area and the 1044th highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cnoc Mordáin in area South Connemara, Ireland
Picture: Cnoc Mordáin view of the Turks.
 
simon3 on Cnoc Mordáin, 2009
by simon3  19 Jun 2009
The summit area is a great vantage point for views to the north Connemara mountains on a good day. The picture shows the Maamturks ridge. Usually this is walked from SE to NW, or right to left in this view. Afficionados of the Turks walk will be able to see three of the four main sections that the walk is usually divided into. Centre of the picture is the pass of Maumean with a dark shadow and trees below it. Above this to the right is Binn Mhór. Right skyline is Corgemore. To the left of Maumean the highest ground (and highest point on the Turks) is Binn Idir an da Log. Left skyline and dark is Letterbreckaun. What a view!

Photo: F10 at 1/80th at 18mm on a Canon 450D at ISO 200, polarising filter. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/897/comment/3866/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cnoc Mordáin in area South Connemara, Ireland
Picture: Granite of Cnoc Mordáin.
simon3 on Cnoc Mordáin, 2009
by simon3  17 Jun 2009
The view south and east from the steep side of the summit showing the sea at Kilkieran Bay and Lettermore Island, offshore right of picture. The granite of the slope is in giant broken ridges such as the one nearby. Unusually the flattish land between the summit and the sea also has rock ridges. The blue water, right inland, is a sea inlet. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/897/comment/3867/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cnoc Mordáin in area South Connemara, Ireland
Picture: The ridge of Cnoc Mordáin from SE.
 
simon3 on Cnoc Mordáin, 2009
by simon3  17 Jun 2009
Arguably Cnoc Mordáin is the best of the south Connemara summits, its petite grandeur surpassing even the rough topped Errisbeg. From the Galway to Carna road (R340) its steep SE facing slopes, some 4k long, look extremely impressive. The slopes are not so steep on the NW side, making the mountain a long scarp. The ridge is split into two parts by a col midway which drops to around 275m.

This part of south Connemara is granite country. The slightly pinkish granite of the ridge has been shaped by the passage of abrasive laden ice into roche moutonee. The rock is in long ridges similar to what you often see in the corduroy country of the Cahas or on Mount Gabriel, only the rock here is the much harder granite. Incidentally according to Wikipedia 'The term "roche moutonnée" comes from the French for "fleecy rock", a term for a French wig, despite its popular misinterpretation as "rock sheep."' Certainly if you were a student of geology you could do worse than this ridge for examples of glacial landforms. In fact the entire ridge looks like a giant roche moutonee.

For a quick baggers dash for the summit you could start from the unfenced road NE of the summit at around L88003920 A which looks straightforward though I didn't try it.

To take in the whole ridge and get a decent walk you can park at the end of the public road at L85936 35062 B at the SW end. Walk up the track approximately west until you are nearing the trees and can head for the summit ridge.

As you rise on the ridge the view expands dramatically, revealing Kilkieran Bay to the east with its flooded intricate landscape and south Connemara summits such as Errisbeg. Eventually the view of the Bens, the Turks, the Devil's Mother and even Mweelrea appear. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/897/comment/3865/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Cnoc Mordáin in area South Connemara, Ireland
Picture: Sun melting into the horizon beyond Cashel Hill.
Long Connemara Summer Evening
by fieldoptic  24 Jul 2017
Though the road near L88003920 A appears unfenced you will encounter a fence very soon after leaving the road. This fence extends along this back road, Bothar na Scrathóg and keeps cattle in typically. There is a gate at L8692539634 C though I don't know what the landowners' attitudes to walkers are. The ridge walk from the south is preferable to the route from the north in my own opinion.

This is a great hill to take in a sunset, To the east is a view of Errisbeg, Cashel Hill, the Twelve Bens. In the west the bays and islands of South Connemara are laid out like a diorama. I found it reasonably easy to return to my starting point in the summer dusk. The attached image was captured on Sunday July 16th 2017 at about 10pm. I'm not sure what happened the midge population this year but not a single bite while sitting around in the evening breeze. Unusual and welcome! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/897/comment/19608/
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Alternative Starting Point
by mdoc1969  17 Mar 2015
You can park at the end of the track [at L84388 35022 D] if you'd like, as long as you close the gate [at L85935 35052 E], behind you. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/897/comment/17882/
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