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Conversion. T.S. Eliot to Catholicism, Cat Stevens to Islam, Ireland to the Euro..... Should it all be treated with suspicion?
The weather was so splendid yesterday, yer Mother in Law would have looked good in it. So, was my epiphany, my revelation, my conversion to the mindblowingly beautiful Southern Mournes clouded (sic) by meteorology?
I know a man who grew up at the foot of the lovely Galloway Hills in South West Scotland - and had to be a stranger for 15 years before he ventured into them for the first time. The same man is 18 years in Ireland with an intimate knowledge of the High Eastern Mournes, competent in the Western Mournes, a working knowledge of the Galtees, a handle on the Reeks, etc etc ........... and a complete innocent among the Southern Mournes - 30 minutes from his own doorstep.
The very characteristic that drove the Celts of these islands to rule the world - "adventure" - is the very one that has us turn up our noses at the marvels on our own doorstep.
So when I commend the Southern Mournes to every mountainviewer, I do it a bit shamefacedly - but I commend them nonetheless.
My first solo venture into them - not big, not clever, not challenging - but that is not what they are about. What they are about is scenery "from", that is so big it just won't fit inside your head. Don't go there if you get agoraphobia.
My route was Kilbroney (out of Rostrevor) - direct ascent to Cloghmore - Slievemeen - Slieve Martin - traverse Knockshee - return summit of Knockshee to Slieve Martin - main track back to Kilbroney.
Absolutely go and do it now.
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Short walk even shorter! Killeagh Hill views & ring fort.
simoburn 11 hours ago.
walk, Len: 0.8km, Climb: 20m, Area: Killeagh, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Killeagh

  
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Belmore Mountain: A standing stone gathers all moss.
TommyV a week ago.
As mentioned by Harry Goodman, it's possible to drive along Belmore forest for almost two kilometers as far as a black forestry gate. There is also a standard gate here on the right giving access ...

  
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Bruse Hill: Bruse Summer 2017
TommyMc 6 days ago.
Since a big gorse fire in 2016, this hill is once more easily accessible to casual walkers and has been widely visited this summer. An easy approach is possible by taking the L6636 minor road off ...

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Brougher Mountain: A quick bag.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing much to add to the comments already. Drove most of the way up from the North side of the hill to within 450 metres of the trig point. Nothing to recommend to anybody who is looking to get ...

  
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Croghan Hill: Broken Trig Pillar to be replaced
TommyMc a week ago.
The recent damage to the Croghan Hill trig pillar is covered in an article in this week's Offaly Independent. The good news is that Offaly County Council plans to replace the damaged pillar to its...

  
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Slievereagh: To drive or not to drive?
TommyV a week ago.
Geo's directions are spot on. At the aforementioned Coilte forest entrance there is a sign staing no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point as the gate may close at any point. However as the Lazy...

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Mullacor
JoHeaney 12 hours ago.
walk, Len: 9.1km, Climb: 537m, Area: Mullacor, Dublin/Wicklow (Ireland) Mullaco...

  
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Seefin Mountain W Top: Two summits one hike.
TommyV a week ago.
Nothing to add to the directions provided by melohara. Just to mention two things, the parking place was littered with close to a hundred empty beer cans, it looks like there was a party there or ...

  
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Knockastia: Behind quarry
Fergalh 3 days ago.
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Knocknaskagh: The fast and the furious.
TommyV a week ago.
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MV Gathering & Awards - This Friday!!
Onzy 3 days ago.
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Camlough Mountain: Army Dreamers
Collaborative entry Last edit by: Peter Walker a week ago.
Relatively recent history has liberated Camlough Mountain from the bonds of the military: some metallic paraphernalia remains high on its slopes but if one puts that aside it's a cracking little e...


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