A walk up Carran from the cottage.

Name of walk A walk up Carran from the cottage.
Date of walk 2015-08-24

We have not climbed up Carran (2000ft) for a couple of years, so we decide to climb it via a different route and take in the summit of Knockantooreen too. It is a walk we can do from the cottage, as Carran is the mountain that looms over us.

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The cottage at Knockanuha.

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We head down towards the first field gate.

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View from the field gate up to Knockantooreen, our first summit. We would descend down to cross the stream and then head up via the zig zag track to the ruined farm and then continue on to the col.

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Looking back. The cottage is hidden in the trees.

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We reach the zig zag track. Gullaba and The Bird behind.

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View towards Deesert.

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The valley views start to open up.

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View back towards the cottage, still hidden in the trees.

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Then we reach the abandoned farm ruins in Ballagh. Empty since the 1950's.

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We continue on up.

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The cottage can now be seen to the right of Brendan.

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Close up of the cottage and Patsy's shed.

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From the summit of Knockantoureen looking over to the summit of Carran and Brendan.

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Panorama from the summit. Left click to enlarge, re-click to return.

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Close up of Maureen and Steve's cottage in Cumeen.

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We head up towards Carran across pathless ground.

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Great views out to the Macgillycuddy Reeks.

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Carran summit.

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View of the route to Gougane Barra.

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Summit view down to the cottage below.

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Now in close up.

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The clouds are starting to come in, so we don't hang around.

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View in the direction of Bantry Bay.

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Bantry Bay.

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We head straight down the hillside.

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Another farm ruin, that is now used for sheep shearing.

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Looking up to its first floor and the old bedstead.

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Brendan crossing the ford for the path back to our cottage.

The walk took us four and a quarter hours and is less than five miles in distance. Always a good walk with some excellent views out.

Jo

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