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Nephin Mountain Néifinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn [OSI], poss. 'sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock

Height: 806m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23/31 Grid Reference: G10347 07975 This summit has been logged as climbed by 269 members. Recently by: johncromie, bryanjbarry, Eva-j, Peter Walker, ColinCallanan, brianmccrossan, guestuser, Danger, Piney, Ben-Ban, HazelDoyle, Singo, walker26, reidyden, 40Shades
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Longitude: -9.368351, Latitude: 54.01328 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,   Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510316 807984,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Nephin, 10 char: Nephin
Bedrock type: Quartzites and psammitic schists., (Nephin Formation)

Nephin is a problematic name and few sources venture an interpretation. It is mentioned as one of the twelve great mountains of Ireland in Cath Maige Tuired (The Second Battle of Moyturra), where it is called Nemthenn. This is suggestive of nemeton, a Gaulish term for a sacred clearing in a wood or sacred grove. The word recurs throughout the Celtic world, from the Galatian Drunemeton ('sacred oak-grove' in modern Turkey) to Nemetobriga in Spain and Aquae Arnemetiae, the sacred spring at Buxton in Derbyshire. The Old Irish fidnemed refers to a shrine in a forest. [Barry Cunliffe, The Ancient Celts]. There seem to be no survivals of traditions connected directly with Nephin to confirm this. However, Nephin's much lower neighbour Tristia (322m, 4km to the NW) was the site of Lughnasa celebrations until recent times [Máire MacNeill]. Glen Nephin is the only example of an Irish glen (apparently) named after the mountain overlooking it. Walks: for a route to the summit from the E, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 69.   Nephin is the highest mountain in the North Mayo area and the 37th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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A wonderful experience .. by keith_flynn   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin from the west in the mist on Frida .. by rmilne   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Climbed Nephin to-day 29.12.2008, started off fro .. by donieg   (Show all for Nephin)
 
september 2010 .. by davidkilleen   (Show all for Nephin)
 
Northern circuit
by concorde  6 Oct 2012
Northern Horseshoe climbed 5th Oct 12
Nephin has always been an attraction to me breaking the skyline in the southwest from my home in Sligo and it is far more interesting than Walk Guide West of Ireland gives it credit !
Having climbed Nephin by the more conventional route a few years ago , it was time for a revisit it from a new angle. Parking in the Caoilte Woods to the North at G1031410008 D we headed west along a track that led us out of the the western side opf the woods. The going was rough over heathery boggy ground before the ascent of the north western spur. This was a great walk for opening the tubes as the aspect was steep with many false tops. We used G1025008500 E
as a waypoint . The steep aspect meant we could legitimately stop to admire the unique views into the corrie , North east to the Bluestacks and Benbulbin and north west to belacorrig and nephin beg. We then descended the north east spur before crossing back to the woods at the entrance to the corrie. Often on these hikes one sees very few birds but we were gifted with views of a family of red grouse in flight, a disturbed woodcock , rolling ravens and a calling peregrine falcon ! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/14830/
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My starting point was as G 117 060 F on the .. by damobreh   (Show all for Nephin)
 
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