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Moylussa Mountain County Highpoint of Clare, in County Highpoint, Arderin Lists, Fine & some coarser greywacke Bedrock

Height: 531.6m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 58 Grid Reference: R64844 75928
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Longitude: -8.522358, Latitude: 52.833506 , Easting: 164845, Northing: 175928 Prominence: 501.64m,  Isolation: 2.2km
ITM: 564802 675967,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Myls, 10 char: Moylussa
Bedrock type: Fine & some coarser greywacke, (Slieve Bernagh Formation)

Two tops of same height, the second at R651755. This is the highest point in Co. Clare.   Moylussa is the third highest mountain in the Shannon area and the 438th highest in Ireland. Moylussa is the highest point in county Clare.

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SDillmore on Moylussa, 2005
by SDillmore  2 May 2005
Yuck. It's my fault for trying to bag this one after a couple of days of rain. This was the least enjoyable walk I've ever been on. I parked on the East Clare Way near Feenlea at 677 746 A, and followed the mucky path up into pine forest. I took the second left on the OSI map, planning to turn right on the trail that shoots straight up to the peak. I passed it three times, and did a lot of extra walking. I mistook the trail for a stream...no kidding. I followed a footpath not visible from the road, and started walking up towards Moylussa. Muckiest path I've experienced. Knee-deep mud in some spots for the first 300m or so. Then, and uneventful walk up to the nondescript summit.
The fog that hung over Moylussa lifted when I was halfway down the return path, which didn't sweeten my experience any. I imagine the views from the top would have been nice. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/390/comment/1671/
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Moylussa an iconic mountain... from a distance.
by YoungJohn  6 May 2010
I climbed Moylussa alone yesterday the 5th May 2010. None of the usual suspects who normally accompany me were interested or available. I was wary having read the recent comments of CSD and other older comments.(And so too were my suspects!) I took CSD's advice and headed up hill from the Ballycuggaran woodland parking area. The day was overcast and the forecast was a brightening in the late afternoon/evening. I took the chance and headed up along the East Clare way, taking in the clear air and grand views of Loughderg, until I found the no bike's, quads sign. Here the trail takes a definite turn for the worst. The lovely views were gone and a hard slog lay obviously ahead. I stuck as close to the right of the clearing as possible next to the treeline. I was wary of the rough heather, mossy clumps and bog, prodding ahead with my stick as the occasionn arose. I came to the top treeline and worried about the firebreak bog between the evergreen plantations. I decided to try going through the forest but went back for the firebreak. I was watching carefully where I put my feet fearing a Slieve Bloom 'wet foot' experience when I encountered a 10ft deep 2 ft wide drain the edges of which were obscured by heather. I truly can't remember a more dangerous hidden drain. Taking even more care and progressing slowly towards the clearly visible mist covered top of Moylussa. I was thankful to leave the boggy firebreak behind me. I crossed over a low wire fence and then pushed as straight up hill as possible. I reached the 'summit' as the mist cleared. I found the top of Moylussa as others described it, boggy, strewn with the remains of masts, but glimpsed Loughderg stretching silver below. I could imagine the views if the mist cleared.... I walked about the top of the mountain for 40 minutes even walking over to a nearby 'summit' whether it was the second summit or not I couldn't tell. I missed having a trig to find so I 'did' all the hillocks before heading back down. One more item to add to the list of debris, cattle skulls and bones beside the fence and on the newly? excavated bog road, probably a new access route for more sitka spruce. A mountain that had to be done as it is iconic from most other Shannon Area mountains, another County top. I may return in winter, I could get no view of the west and I imagine there must be a good one. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/390/comment/4685/
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2016 upgrade
by conor-mcgee  11 Jul 2016
Coillte have performed upgrade of ascent to Moylussa
1-signpost on mountain road for Moylussa track
2-redressing of track after erosive winter rains
3- splendid studded sleeper boardwalk across bog to trig point. traversible in all weathers and fogproof! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/390/comment/18594/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moylussa in area Shannon, Ireland
Picture: Miscellaneous summit adornment on Moylussa Pt 532 SE
 
Harry Goodman on Moylussa, 2009
by Harry Goodman  24 Sep 2009
Having noted the increasing interest in MV comments about the County Tops I thought the following information might be of interest. I climbed Moylussa from the car park in Ballycuggaran Forest (MR R6859975989 B). As suggested by Walter_Hollick I followed the East Clare Way up to its high point on the trail and where it started to descend followed a forest ride up to the right. At the end of the ride I turned right and followed a very muddy and worn track up to the first of the 532m summit points shown on the OSI Sheet 58 at R651756 C. This top was adorned by a variety of sticks and other debris the purpose for which is difficult to imagine(see photo). Thankfully the assorted debris shown in murphysw's comments was no longer there. However it is a second top of the same height 532m some 500m further to the NW which is listed and described by MV as the summit. As I was also doing the County Tops I made my way across to this second 532m top at R 64841 75935 D which is unmarked in any way but is regarded by MV as the summit. From here I went SW along the high ground to the trig point on Cragnamurragh 526m before heading back along the ridge over the first marked 532 m point I had crossed earlier in my walk and down by my outward route. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/390/comment/4019/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moylussa in area Shannon, Ireland
Picture: Moylussa's flat and boggy summit, with Cragnamurragh in the distance
Bog avoidance
by csd  18 Apr 2010
Having read the dire warnings of the bogs and hostile land owners, I elected to approach Moylussa from Ballycuggaran forest car park. Not having a copy of Sheet 58, I experimented with printing off a screen grab of the relevant area from the OSI website. While this was reasonably successful, the dense network of forest tracks in this area and the somewhat ropey definition of my printout meant for a rather more stressful navigation exercise than usual. In the end I followed the East Clare Way trail markers and left the path west uphill at the 'No scramblers or quad bikes' sign, GR R66230 75896 E, across the forest clearing.
This approach requires a small amount of forest bashing, but since it's a mature plantation it wasn't too hard. It also seems to avoid the notorious boggy track, or at least the start of it. Once through the short forest section, Moylussa presents a brutally convex slope, so it's a slog up to the relatively flat summit area. As others have noted, it's relatively flat and very boggy. If Lough Derg wasn't there you could almost mistake it for somewhere in the Slieve Blooms.
While the forest tracks are nice and dry, on this particular day they were plagued by three individuals on scrambler bikes haring around the place. Noisy and dangerous. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/390/comment/4643/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Moylussa in area Shannon, Ireland
Picture: Boardwalk to Moylussa summit (marker visible in distance)
 
New boardwalk to summit
by tony_limerick  18 Jan 2016
I hiked Moylussa on a snowy Saturday(16/01/2016) with my son Darragh(plus Buddy the dog) and was delighted to find that a boardwalk has been constructed from the end of the rocky path, across the bog to the summit stone. I don't know which organisation is responsible for this magnificent work but anyone who has previously crossed this quagmire will appreciate this facility immensely !

We took the route from Ballycuggaran woods car park to Moylussa, which has been well described by previous contributors. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/390/comment/18425/
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