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West Clare Area
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 51, 52, 57, 58 
Highest place:
Slievecallan, 391m
Maximum height for area: 391 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 365 metres,

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Slievecarran Hill Sliabh Cairn A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Cairn [], 'mountain of the cairn') Clare County in Munster Province, in Binnion List, Nodular & crinoidal limestone with chert Bedrock

Height: 326m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 52 Grid Reference: M32478 05443
Place visited by 82 members. Recently by: melohara, marcel, jgfitz, Oileanach, cclair, Haulie, markwallace, MagdaK, FrankMc1964, padstowe, Damian120, Cathal-Kelly, ColinCallanan, sinhel001, IainT
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Longitude: -9.008682, Latitude: 53.095585 , Easting: 132478, Northing: 205443 Prominence: 211m,  Isolation: 3.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 532442 705475,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvcrn, 10 char: Slvcrn
Bedrock type: Nodular & crinoidal limestone with chert, (Ballyelly Member)

There is a substantial cairn on the summit named Carnbower.   Slievecarran is the third highest hill in the West Clare area and the 1095th highest in Ireland.

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Picture: Abbey Hill & Oughtmama from Slievecarran
Annual christmas walk
by kaygeebee  3 Feb 2015
Looking at this prominent hill in the Burren since I came to Gort in 1999 I always intended to to climb it one day.. Myself & 3 brothers climbed it 2 weeks ago for our annual christmas walk. Starting at the information board in Keelhilla, we crossed the style & headed over the flat limestone in a N direction. Going over the gate at the limestone wall we took a SW route over more difficult limestone terrain toward the obvious shoulder of Slievecarran. Care needs to be taken across here & it proved the most dangerous part of the climb with 6 inch fissures in the rock so every step needs to be considered. The limestone is gradually stepped as you approach the next wall which runs northsouth behind a Hazel border, which isn't too thick and is easy to negotiate. Negotiating this wall is the most difficult part of the climb as it sits on a rock step 1m high. There's no style, and care needs to be taken crossing it. Once over, the hill begins its rise to the NW and we passed left of a concrete water tank. We then had the steepest part of the climb in a NW direction over a series of limestone steps coming to another limestone wall. Once over, we saw a concrete cattle enclosure to the N & went directly towards it. From here, the cairn marking the summit of Slievecarran is clearly visible directly N. A flat walk of 10 minutes over mixed grassland/limestone gets you there. The summit of 326m is the 2nd highest in the Burren after Sieve Elva at 344m. We had views of Galway City & Bay, the 12 Bens, the Slieve Aughty Mts, Coole Park & south Galway as well as excellent close up vistas of Oughtmama & Abbey Hill to the NW, Ailwee to the W & Bouleevin to E. Make sure to visit the impressive crater, a 5 minute walk to the NW. It is about 50m deep x 140m across and almost perfectly round. A great aerial view of it is visible via satellite view on the website. Just be very careful here as the sides are vertical & the lip lies directly below a few feet of grass the far side of a limestone wall. We returned from Slievecarran the route we went up, & the whole trek took 3 hours at an easy pace including 20 minutes for refreshments. Well worth the visit after coming down was the trip to the ruins of MacDuagh's Church & Holy Well (St Colman), which lies at the foot of the Slievecarran cliff face ( Eagles Rock). He was a recluse here for 7 years in the 600s AD. Later, he co founded the monastery at nearby Killmacduagh in the 7th century (see the website for full story). The day was dry but dull in mid winter when we climbed & I would imagine that on a clear day in summer, that the views from the summit of Slievecarran would be inspiring & I am surprised that it is not commented on more often. It is the most prominent peak looking across Galway Bay from Salthill, & is visible to the W all the way to Gort on the road out from Galway. Though it took me 15 years, I definitely intend to do it again, god willing, this summer. Linkback:
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