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Moanlaur Mountain Móin Láir A name in Irish
(Ir. Móin Láir [TCCD], 'middle bog') Kerry County, in Arderin List, Conglomerate with metamorphic clasts Bedrock

Height: 566m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 71 Grid Reference: Q68964 04460 This summit has been logged as climbed by 36 members. Recently by: eamonoc, gallybander, markmjcampion, Colin Murphy, IncaHoots, chalky, conormcbandon, simoburn, Cobhclimber, frankmc04, denistreacy, Onzy, kimbogreen, omurchu, ahendroff
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Longitude: -9.916276, Latitude: 52.176863 , Easting: 68964, Northing: 104460 Prominence: 289m,   Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 468942 604515,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mnlr, 10 char: Moanlaur
Bedrock type: Conglomerate with metamorphic clasts, (Inch Conglomerate Formation)

This is the highest of a number of peaks on a ridge stretching NE from Inch.   Moanlaur is the 374th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moanlaur in area Slieve Mish, Ireland
Picture: Summit cairn overlooking Dingle Bay
 
Relatively easy ascent from the east.
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy,  27 Nov 2014
Park at Q717 056 A, the highest point of the Aughils to Camp road, where there is room for 1/2 cars. Head directly west, the ground cover being knee-high heather for about 1km. The slope gradually increases and becomes quite steep at around 400m ascent. The heather disappears and the terrain is mostly grass and rock, and firm underfoot, (despite recent heavy rain) and after 1.5km you will reach the summit of Knockbrack at 459m, a longish summit area with the highest point, which is at the eastern end, being quite indistinct. Continue west passing some rocky outcrops at the western end of Knockbrack, and descend about 35m to a col before turning south west and making a gradual ascent of Moanlaur over 1km. The summit is marked by a cairn. 1.25 hours from car to summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/332/comment/5092/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moanlaur in area Slieve Mish, Ireland
Picture: Beenduff and its setting.
simon3 on Moanlaur, 2006
by simon3  7 Jan 2006
About 600m SW of of Moanlaur there is another flattish summit, Knockmore. It could be argued that it is a separate peak, however by my reckoning its prominence (the amount it rises above any connecting ridge in this case from Moanlaur) is about 26m which is less than the 30m that our current list requires.

From Knockmore's top further Kerry views are plentiful. There's the sea to the south with Inch Strand and Cromane sticking into Dingle Bay. There's views to the north west towards Stradbally Mountain.

Our photo shows what can be seen looking west along the Moanlaur ridge. With the right weather and light there is a superb picture to be had here, which the picture only hints at. To the left in the reddish haze there's a glint off the sea with the bulky blob of Kells Mtn/ Knocknadobar just visible on the left skyline. Straight ahead is Beenduff 515m with the sharper ridge of Emlagh 483m beyond and slightly to the right. Just right of centre are further mountains on the continuation of the ridge (unnamed with heights 374m and 334) and further high ground near Knockafeehane 301m. Together they make a series of repeated shapes disappearing into blue haze. On the right of the picture the land rises as our view extends right down the Dingle peninsula. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/332/comment/2126/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moanlaur in area Slieve Mish, Ireland
Picture: Moanlaur from the East.
 
simon3 on Moanlaur, 2006
by simon3  27 Jan 2006
Perhaps you are resting between major days of climbing, perhaps you are looking for a great place to find a Kerry view. Whatever, I would recommend you try the walk to Moanlaur from the East. It's not far but it has great views. One place to park and start is from the Aughils to Camp road where there is a little parking, for example at Q71601 05001 B.

Going South to North this road goes up the gentle side of a scarp. The north side has a steep face which continues west into the corrie valley cut into the (inevitable) north east corner of Knockbrack 459m, the eastern end of the ridge leading to Moanlaur. Walk along this for interesting views into the valley known as Coumastabla which appears to have considerable mine workings.

Richard Mersey [The Hills of Cork & Kerry 1987] is the only guidebook I could find mentioning this walk. He said "It [the walk] is, simply, the traverse of the western Slieve Mish, that is Knockbrack, Moanlaur, Knockmore and trig. point 1,584."

Moanlaur is reached across boggy more or less trackless terrain although as of 2005 there was some fencing which conveniently had fallen down at its nearest point to the summit probably because the posts of the fence had come loose in the soft ground. Not surprising since Moanlaur's name is about bog - Moanlaur means Middle Bog.

The picture shows Moanlaur on a windy December day from Knockbrack. Note the extreme green of the ground near the camera. It's not grass, it's moss. In a lot of places, including the summit of Moanlaur, the heather is often partly or fully replaced by moss. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/332/comment/2125/
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Picture: Cromane Strand in sparkling sea.
simon3 on Moanlaur, 2006
by simon3  23 Jan 2006
Another photo from the ridge, this one about 1.2km NE of Moanlaur (near Knockbrack).
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moanlaur in area Slieve Mish, Ireland
Picture: Summits in the Misht
 
Looking at the western Slieve Mish
by wicklore  23 Aug 2012
In thisphoto, taken from Caherbla, Moanlaur dominates the view to the west. Moanlaur also dominates Knockbrack, which appears as a mere pimple rising above the valley called Coumastabla below Moanlaur. (Knockbrack is just above the coum in the middle ground). One way to reach Moanlaur is via Lack Mountain from Q71600 04900 C, where a rough track leads some of the way up to Lack Mountain. Another approach could be made from the good track to the right of the coum, visible in the photo, which begins near some buildings at approx Q70900 05700 D Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/332/comment/14767/
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three5four0 on Moanlaur, 2009
by three5four0  23 Sep 2009
From Lack Mountain I followed the fence, with its sheep track easing the progress through the heather. After reaching Moanlaurs summit, the delightful ridge running SW starts to revel its self with Knockmore in the foreground. Not much height difference between Knockmore and Moanlaurs, but i think Knockmore has the better views, just. Continued onto Beenduff ........ (see Beenduff for the continuation) Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/332/comment/4126/
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