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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 271 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, johncromie, bryanjbarry, Eva-j, Peter Walker, ColinCallanan, brianmccrossan, guestuser, Danger, Piney, Ben-Ban, HazelDoyle, Singo, walker26
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Longitude: -9.368335, Latitude: 54.013253 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,   Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510317 807981,   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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Happy walkers at the top.
Great views, easy long climb on isolated, iconic mountain.
Short Summary created by simon3, paddyhillsbagger,  2 Jan 2016
One point of access to the Nephin ridge is from the R312 beside a forest edge at about G083052 A, as recommended by Paddy Dillon. There was off-road parking near this spot. Follow the line of trees up the slope and cross a few fences before clearing the trees, heading roughly W to gain the shoulder spine of Nephin near G089054 B. From here the spine of Nephin is followed roughly NE all the way to the top with a sporadic path most of the way up. Great views from the rubble strewn top on a clear day, but mind the edge in fog.
Another route up starts from the north. There is a layby at around G109104 C. Crossed the fence at the layby and follow the stream uphill.
From the east there is another route. Park at G119058 D, Walk up to the pump house G115062 E then go through the gate in front then the gate to the right. Walk to the stream and cross it at G114063 F, then the the steep path up through the heather and on to the top. The route starts up a private road which is access for a pump house. The pump house is in a locked compound at the end. When you get to the end you go through a gate directly in front of you then straight away the gate to your right, walk another 150m and you are at the start of the climb just over the small stream. Do not block the gate into the access road. Many locals use this route but as with all private land be prepared to ask should you encounter the landowner or their representative.

At over 800m with an estimated prominence of 778m Nephin is in seventh place by prominence in Ireland. It looks stark because it is uncluttered by nearby summits. Most of the other prominent places (Carrauntoohil, Brandon, Lugnaquillia, Galtymore, Slieve Donard etc) are on ridges and surrounded nearby by other summits. Uniquely for a high prominence summit, Nephin's isolation (the distance to another summit listed by MV) is 3.4km compared to the .4 to 2 for others. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/4796/
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A very pleasant surprise .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Nephin)
Climbed 26.3.05. Was going to follow route descri .. by gerrym   (Show all for Nephin)
Climbed Nephin on 31/1/09. Parked at the entrance .. by bryanmccabe   (Show all for Nephin)
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