MPC Connaught 2008 - Achill Island

The island of Achill is pretty remote but the hiking is superb and the views spectacular. We realise that you will probably be travelling a good distance to get here so we have the first camp site two minutes from the carpark.. The rest of the time however you will be remote and in the hills. The height in Achill will be gained from sea level so it is fairly tough. Also the Sea mist can shroud the place in a dense fog so good compass work is required. Weather dependant, we will allocate start times on Friday night. Slow teams should opt for an earlier start time as we only have 12 hours of daylight. The map in use is the 1:50,000 Sheet 30.

Proposed Route

Friday Night

Car park at F 562 045 to Campsite.
Park at the upper car park at F 562 045. Check in and walk following the track to F 595 045. There is good camping here although there is a slope.

Saturday

Campsite F 595 045 to F 0558 037 - From the Camp travel to the ruined Marconi Station at F 558 037. The sea cliffs are extremely dangerous and need to be treated with caution.

F 0558 037 to F 545 048 - Follow the track to F 545 048. The track does not follow the cliff edge the entire way and you should follow the track and not the cliff top.

F 545 048 to F 0548 049 - You should descend into the col and arrive at the lake at F 0548 049.

F 0548 049 to F 554 048 - From the lake we will ascent to the top of Croaghaun F 554 048. The summit is quiet small and with a steep drop to the sea to the north. Care should be taken with placing of rucksacks so that they don't roll away. From here on a clear day you can see Iceland. Closer at hand you will, with some luck, see the Nephin Begs to the east and Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea and Clare Island to the south. There are plenty of photo opportunities so bring a camera.

F 554 048 to F 559 061 - From the summit follow the track to TonaCroughaun F 559 061. Be careful of the sea cliffs to the left of the track. Sudden gusts of winds can occur and the edge is a straight drop.

F 559 061 to F 567 068 - Follow the track to spot height 574m F 567 068. Be aware of the cliff edge falling away from itself along this track and noticeably on your map at F 565 067 with the obvious loss in height shown by contours and creating a small valley between the old cliff edge and the new cliff edge. If you are going to look at this feature take extreme care.

F 567 068 to F 574 074 - From Spot height 574m travel to F 574 074. This is a fairly gradual descent using the cliff as a handrail proceed to the top of the gully at F 574 074.

F574 074 to F571 075 - From top of gully to rock. Extreme care should be taken, as the descent is very steep. At the bottom of the gully proceed to the big rock at F571 075.

F 571 075 to F 577 085 - From the big rock travel on a dog leg to the edge of the re-entrant at F 570 077, From here take a direct bearing to Lough Nakeeroge F 577 085 and our second campsite. The route down is over featureless ground so care should be taken when following your bearing. There are plenty of good camping sites available here.


Sunday

F 577 085 to F596 073
From campsite head to the end of the spur at F589 081. From there head to F 595 074, from this point there is a distinct path to the top of the col F596 073.

F596 073 to F 578 058
From the col contour around to the carpark at L. Acorrymore F 578 058, care should be take to ensure that you don’t lose any height as the lake and the col are both at the same height. Check out will be located at the carpark. From here follow the road back to Keem Strand.