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madfrankie
2016-08-26 11:34:56
Searching for the Remotest Place in Ireland
A couple of weeks ago I came across an interesting article detailing the search for the most remote point in England: http://www.livefortheoutdoors.com/outdoorfeatures/2016/6/30/this-is-the-most-remote-point-in-england-but-where-the-hell-is-it
The criteria used was the remotest point from a public road, so with this in mind, I set about attempting to emulate this by finding the remotest place on the island of Ireland.
Scrutinizing OSI and OpenStreet mapping (bearing in mind the flaws and limitations of these sources) and with the help of photoshop, I looked at a number of likely locations. Somewhere in North Mayo seemed the most obvious candidate, but I also checked other areas of extensive wilderness:
The vast swathes of lake-speckled bog in South Connemara, The Wicklow Mountains interior, Mangerton, Maamtrasna, and Donegal’s Bluestacks and Derryveagh Mountains, among others.
And the winner?
As predicted, it was in North Mayo.
A point approximately 2.75 kms south of Slieve Carr on its southern slopes (at about 285m contour) is the furthest point from the nearest public road, approximately 6.6km away. By my reckoning, the grid reference is F91380 11820, should anyone wish to visit this place and get away from it all!
This area of North Mayo is by some distance the largest tract of roadless country in Ireland. Nowhere else (forgive the pun) comes remotely close.
Somewhat surprisingly, the next area with a point furthest from a public road was a point in the Ox Mountains.
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