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Onzy: Track 3063 in area near Coomataggart, Shehy/Knockboy (Ireland)
Gougane Barra Horseshoe
Length: 17.2km, Creator time taken: 4h46m, Ascent: 721m,
Descent: 722m

Places: Start at W0934665985, Com an tSagairt, Com an tSagairt (mullach thiar theas), Béillic, An Coinigéar, Faill an Stuaicín, end at Start
Logged as completed by 3

Circuit of Gougane Barra taking in Coomataggart, its SW Top, Bealick, Conigar and Foilastookeen from parking close the the hotel in the valley.

Before the addition of the Arderin Begs, this route would have yielded a mere two hills; not a great effort/return ratio. Now however, the three added hills make it a more worthwhile round. I had imagined however, that it would be better than it was, and in particular that the views would be great. However, apart from the ascent of Coomataggart and low on the descent of Foilastookeen, the valley and lake are practically invisible due to the lay of the ground and the walk feels like a bog trot for much of it.

Of the new hills, only Foilastookeen feels like a hill; Bealick is bizarre, a big rough plateau, the OS gives two spot heights 535m and 537m. 535 is marked by a substantial cairn, but 537 is nowhere to be found - lots of contenders but no outstanding one.

Uploaded on: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 (17:44:25)
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Comment created by eiremountains 2022-Apr-09
We did this route on the 26/06/2020. We had sun, rain and fog but it is a nice walk.

The beginning is more of a guess till Coomataggart and even till Clognerargh.

Then there is a kind of a path, and from there you can follow the fence, you can follow it till Foilastooken or before starting to climb again, you should leave on your left and go straight till Conigar.

Once reached Conigar till Foilastooken is boogy and then there is a path to Gouganne Barra lake

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British summit data courtesy:
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