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Mweelrea Mountains Area
Place count in area: 9, OSI/LPS Maps: 37 
Highest place:
Mweelrea, 814m
Maximum height for area: 814 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 779 metres,
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Mweelrea Mountain Maol Réidh A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Maol Réidh [GE], 'bald hill with the smooth top') County Highpoint of Mayo, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 814m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78983 66810 This place has been logged as visited by 688 members. Recently by: dodser, Cathal-Kelly, DeltaP, Golly, DaveMc, Aidy, johnballinger, strangeweaver, msammon, odonovansf, clacon, Niamhq, Daingean, Juanita, bryanjbarry
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Longitude: -9.830313, Latitude: 53.637241 , Easting: 78983, Northing: 266810 Prominence: 779m,  Isolation: 1.5km
ITM: 478962 766828,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mwlr, 10 char: Mweelrea
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

Mweelrea is the highest mountain in Connacht.   Mweelrea is the highest mountain in the Mweelrea Mountains area and the 35th highest in Ireland. Mweelrea is the highest point in county Mayo.

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Picture: Mweelrea seen from Ben Lugmore
 
Connaught's finest
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy, Harry Goodman, simon3, jackill, Pazapas,  30 May 2016
Mweelrea, Connaught's highest, presents magnificent scenery, but is a mountain which must be treated with respect. In poor visibility good navigational skills are essential. 1.Most direct approach is from the West. Start at L765688 A and take a rough farm track East. At end cross a gate and head SE for 2km to a river/stream junction L780676 B. With the river to the right continue up more steeply E to a col L793676 C and then go SSW up the ridge to the summit. 2. Starting from the Delphi Activity Centre L839652 D off the R335 follow the line of the Owennaglogh River west. Once beyond the forest go up SW to a col on the ridge above L806650 E and head NW to cross the minor top of Mweelrea SE Spur. Continuing NW descend to a high col and the start of steep ascent initially up NW and then due N around the rim of a deep corrie. 3. The most difficult route starts at the N end of Doo Lough L828695 F. Head SW and follow the Sruhauncullin stream up and into a large corrie. Take a broad grassy ramp up to the right - this is a steep traverse especially near top.. Once out on the broad flat ridge go W and contour around the slopes of Ben Bury to a col (already noted and referenced for route 1) before heading up steeply SSW to the top. 4. For Mweelrea circuit route see short summary for Ben Lugmore East top for initial access. From Ben Bury walk 1km SW to col before steep ascent to the south of 170m, which is rocky initially then gives way to grass. You will reach summit 1km from the col. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/4794/
 
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Picture: Crossing from Ben Bury to Mweelrea as cloud closes in.
New Comment: Brilliant Mountain, But Demands Respect
by Aidy  Sat 24 Jun
I found Mweelrea to be a magnificent mountain, dramatic, rugged, and with amazing views. I would definitely recommend ascending from the Doo Lough side to take in the Ben Lugmore tops and Ben Bury to make the most of the scenery. Our walk did however serve as a reminder that the Irish mountains, particularly one such as Mweelrea, can be dangerous.

I normally walk alone due to all the stop/starting and diversions for photographs, but this time I had two companions with me - both fit and healthy ( and much younger than me!). By the time we got to Ben Lugmore however, one of them was seriously struggling. I don't know if it was a fitness problem or if he was coming down with something, but he started to slow to a snail's pace, and began having severe pain in his legs. He wanted to push on, and it seemed to be a similar distance no matter which way we went at this stage, but progress was painfully slow, and by the time we got to Mweelrea he was in a bad way. All we could do was walk slowly with him, with plenty of stops, and I had already given him my hiking poles to see if that helped.

We abandoned the idea of going over the SE Spur and Teevnabinnia, to get to flatter ground, but it became clear that we wouldn't be getting out before dark. As we reached the valley floor, aiming for a forest track which led out to the road, he was actually starting to hallucinate and shiver, even though the weather was extremely mild. Luckily, as I knew Mweelrea was a serious mountain I had spare warm clothes and a foil emergency blanket, and we sat and let him rest for a couple of hours, giving him plenty of water and high energy food.

Eventually he recovered enough to undertake the last stretch, albeit extremely slowly, and we made our way out in darkness - again thankfully I had a GPS and torches.

A reminder, that on a mountain like this, no matter how good the conditions, it is better to well prepared, and maybe to carry that little bit of extra gear. I have to admit, I always felt half embarrassed at carrying foil blankets etc in the little Irish mountains, but I'll always have one on me from now on!

Brilliant mountain though despite everything. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/19575/
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Picture: Lots of water on our decent from Mweelrea
 
- Water Everywhere
by paddyobpc  25 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 11 Jul 2016. After our failed attempt at Benbaun a day earlier due to harsh weather we awoke to an only slightly better day for our planned climb of Mweelrea. It was still raining and misty as we ate breakfast in The Ocean Lodge Hotel before setting off. We followed the route described in Kieron Gribbon’s book “Ireland's County High Points – A Walking Guide”. The rain continued for a lot of the climb making the climb extra difficult with huge care required not to lose our way in the clouds. Fair play to Dillon (dillonkdy) for completing this one, the most difficult so far out of all the County High Points completed due to the weather. On reaching the summit, we took a quick picture and were glad to head back down. We were lucky with some lovely views on the decent with many full streams and waterfalls after all the rain all around us on the route. Up and back we covered 10Km taking us just short of 4 hours and climbing a height of almost 800m.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/18823/
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rmilne on Mweelrea, 2004
by rmilne  14 Oct 2004
Really enjoyed my ascent of this peak on 11 Sept 04, what a great hill!
I parked at L82820 69529 G just before the end of the Doo Lough, aiming for the Ramp in the northern corrie. Weather was very windy with showers and I started at 11am having done Croagh Patrick already that morning. I was a bit worried about crossing the stream at the head of the lough, but the stepping stones were good. From the wee sheep enclosure I worked up the stream and into the corrie. In the heavy rain the waterfalls were most impressive and everywhere. Worth doing in bad weather just to see this (??). The Ramp was fun and a superb mountain feature. Occasional bits of path, but never hard. In the mist I couldn't see where it exited to the plateau, just lots of cliff bands. Finally the path made a hook round and I reached the col. As I approached Ben Bury in 40mph winds the mists cleared and I got a view of the summit that made it look like a steaming volcano! (see photo). It cleared more and more as I approached the summit. By the time I reached the pile stones on a muddy lump, aka the summit at L798988 H 66806 it was mostly clear and I had great views. very happy! Just over 2 hours up.
Enjoyed the views in spite of the very strong winds and then back down the same way. Corrie not quite as impressive now that the waterfalls had receeded and I could see, but still a fantastic place. 4 hours rt. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/1246/
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milo on Mweelrea, 2003
by milo  4 Apr 2003
My most recent ascent was 3 years ago. This was from the west side via a private green route originating near the high point of the road before it descends to the controversial Uggool Strand. While the road passed close to two dwellings there was no-one in to ask and no objection was made by a couple of people working not far away. An easy and direct route to the true summit, unlike the Doolough route over Ben Bury. Ask if possible and take care to avoid fences on the descent. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/423/
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Sweeney on Mweelrea, 2003
by Sweeney  3 Jan 2003
Photo taken looking from near the summit of Mweelrea to the ridge above Coum Dubh on St. Stephen's Day 2000. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/256/
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