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Mountains of the Central Dingle Peninsula
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Beenoskee and Stradbally Mountain from Gowlane Strand
Highest point
Peak Beenoskee
Elevation 826 m (2,710 ft)
Prominence 491 m (1,611 ft)
Dimensions
Length 20 km (12 mi) E/W
Width 11 km (6.8 mi) N/S
Geography
Location Kerry
Country Republic of Ireland
Provinces of Ireland Munster
Topo map OSI Discovery 71/70
Geology
Age of rock Devonian
Type of rock Purple cross-bedded sandstone

The Mountains of the Central Dingle Peninsula are the generic name given to the mountains that lie on the Dingle Peninsula between the Brandon Group of mountains in the west, and the Slieve Mish Mountains at the eastern end of the peninsula.

Geology

Like many of the mountain ranges in Kerry, such as the MacGillycuddy Reeks, the mountains of the Central Dingle peninsula are composed predominantly of Devonian period Old Red Sandstone, with a band of Ordovician period metasediments.

The rocks date from the Upper Devonian period (310–450 million years ago) when Ireland was in a hot equatorial setting. During this 60 million year period, Ireland was the site of a major basin, known as the Munster basin, and Cork and Kerry were effectively a large alluvial floodplain. Chemical oxidation stained the material with a purple–reddish colour (and green in places from chlorination), still visible today. There are virtually no fossils in Old Red Sandstone.

The composition of Old Red Sandstone is variable and includes sandstones, mudstones, siltstones, and conglomerates (boulders containing quartz pebbles are visible throughout the range). The mountains were subject to significant glaciation with corries and U-shaped valleys, however the range does not have the sharp rocky arêtes and ridges of the MacGillycuddy Reeks range.

List of peaks

The following is a download from the MountainViews Online Database, who list 23 identifiable Central Dingle peaks with an elevation, or height, above 100 metres

     Marilyn: Any height, and prominence over 150 metres (492 ft).

Peaks of the Central Dingle Mountain range (MountainViews Online Database, July 2019)
Height
Rank
Prom.
Rank
Name Irish Name (if different) Translation Height
(m)
Prom.
(m)
Height
(ft)
Prom.
(ft)
Topo
Map
OSI Grid
Reference
1 1 Beenoskee Binn os Gaoith Mountain above the Wind/Estuary 826 491 2,710 1,611 70 Q580089
2 20 Stradbally Mountain Cnoc an tSráidbhaile Hill of Stradbally 798 40 2,618 131 70 Q587092
3 2 Slievanea NE Top 671 265 2,200 869 70 Q515064
4 12 An Cnapán Mór The Big Lump 649 81 2,129 266 70 Q522045
5 6 Cnoc na Bánóige Hill of the Grassy Patch 642 176 2,105 577 70 Q548048
6 21 Slievanea Sliabh Macha Ré Mountain of the Smooth Plain 629 22 2,063 73 70 Q508057
7 19 Coombane An Com Bán The White Hollow 610 42 2,001 138 70 Q568092
8 23 Croaghskearda Cruach Sceirde Stack of the Exposed Place 608 13 1,995 43 70 Q509039
9 18 Knockmulanane Cnoc Mhaoilionáin Mulfinan's hill 593 48 1,946 157 70 Q568049
10 15 Beenatoor Binn an Tuair Peak of the Bleaching Green 592 66 1,942 217 70 Q559089
11 22 Knockmulanane West Top 563 15 1,847 49 70 Q560048
12 5 Dromavally Mountain Cnoc Dhroim an Bhaile Hill of Dromavally 552 206 1,811 676 71 Q606067
13 9 Sliabh na nGabhar Mountain of the Goats 486 120 1,594 394 70 Q539072
14 7 Cummeen Sliabh an Choimín Mountain of the Little Hollow 477 162 1,565 531 71 Q630077
15 17 Gob an Iolair Beak of the eagle 477 48 1,564 158 70 Q545074
16 14 An Starraicín The Steeple 458 71 1,504 233 70 Q528064
17 16 Cnoc na Bánóige N Top 448 52 1,469 170 70 Q552061
18 13 Knocknakilton (unknown) (unknown) 423 79 1,388 259 71 Q638062
19 4 Brickany Breicneach Speckled Place 374 219 1,227 719 71 Q632022
20 3 Knocknanacree Cnoc na nAcraí hill of na hAcraí/Acres 286 260 938 853 70 V572998
21 8 Doonties Commons (unknown) (unknown) 252 136 827 446 70 V502987
22 11 Carrigadav (unknown) (unknown) 240 96 787 315 71 Q626097
23 10 Farrendalouge (unknown) (unknown) 144 97 472 318 70 Q546115
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