Ben Cruachan

Ben Cruachan
Cruach na Beinne
3,694ft (1,126m) & a Munro
(possible meaning : Mountains of Peaks )

It may also have a connection with the ancient capital of the kingdom of Connachta in Ireland illustrating the deep connection that the area has with the very first Dalriatic Scotti communities (before Dunadd !!) - who conquer this area from the Picts.

Rathcroghan (Irish: Ráth Cruachan, meaning "fort of Cruachan") is a complex of archaeological sites near Tulsk in County Roscommon, Ireland. It is identified as the site of Cruachan, the traditional capital of the Connachta, a term used to describe the prehistoric and early historic rulers of the western territory. The Rathcroghan Complex (Crúachan Aí) is a unique archaeological landscape with many references found in early Irish medieval manuscripts.1

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The Battle cry of the Clan Campbell

Tallest mountain of our area, that can be seen for many many miles in all directions, dominating the horizon of communities throughout so much of Argyll.

The Folk lore includes the old woman - the Cailleach - both in Argyll and Ireland :

The Cailleach is prominent in the landscape of Argyll and Bute, Scotland. In later tales she is known as the Cailleach nan Cruachan ("the witch of Ben Cruachan"). Ben Cruachan is the tallest mountain in the region. Tea-towels and postcards of her are sold in the visitor shop for the Hollow Mountain, which also features a mural depicting her accidental creation of Loch Awe.[27]
Legend has it that the Cailleach was tired from a long day herding deer. Atop Ben Cruachan she fell asleep on her watch and a well she was tending overflowed, running down from the highlands and flooding the valleys below, forming first a river and then the loch.2

Modern era - Cruachan Dam, hydro electric dam.

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