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January 2015



NORTH, SOUTH, WEST, EAST Route ideas and places to go.

Completion of MV Arderins and Vandeleur-Lynam list. Simon Byrne makes history in completing this challenge.

VIDEOS: Two videos featured this month. The Sperrins and a 7 day trip up Kilimanjaro.

Walkers Association Programme of talks for 2015 announced


  • MV Talks and Awards will take place on Friday, 20th February in the Lansdowne Hotel. 7:30pm. The main speaker will be Helen Fairbairn. Helen has published many books on walking in Ireland with photos from her husband the photographer Gareth McCormack. There will be a talks from MV members such as Simon Byrne. There is an entry fee of around 5 Euro.
  • Wednesday, 11th March, 2015. 8pm. Michael Gibbons, noted archaeologist, will speak on archaelogy in Ireland.
  • Tuesday, 14th April, 2015. 8pm. David Walsh, author of Oileán, A Guide to the Irish Islands, will speak about Ireland's islands.
These meetings are being organised by the WAI with the help of the MountainViews committee. Talks are held in the Landsdowne Hotel, 27 - 29 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 unless otherwise stated. Entry is free unless otherwise stated. There is a collection. Directions here . The excellent bar facilities allow you to have a drink with other hillwalkers after the event. You can get a meal before the meeting also. Should you wish to stay overnight then please consider staying with the Lansdowne.
For a full list of Challenge Walks, visit here.

MOUNTAIN MEITHEAL: Mountain Meitheal are keen to find more people to help. Why not take a look at their website. We publicise Mountain Meitheal because they make practical repairs to some of the more popular areas we walk on, using a voluntary community based approach. (More information at their website.)

 Picture of the month

Sunrise at Torc Mountain in the Mangertons by nattyguest.
For Original Comment

In short: Discovery

Featured summit
Scowlbeg thomas_g 15 Dec 2014
(Gowlbeg Mountain, 363m in the Caha Mountains)
While it's possible to walk on a bearing from where the Beara Way enters the trees near the lakes in the valley to the north, the ground varies from knee high to waist high grass with lots of hidden rocks and hole, so it's only for total masochists.

NORTH: Tainted by litter louts
A pleasant climb up a grassy staircase, Croaghmore Hill in Donegal NW offers wonderful panoramas, although littering somewhat spoiled the views, says David-Guenot.
David-Guenot on Croaghmore: Save it for a sunny day to enjoy the views !!
Climbed this hill on a late afternoon in July 2014, on my way back from Moylenanav and Crockastroller. Parked at C152306 and headed on up for Bingrania (pt. 246m). The track crosses some peat fields and peters out as the ground rises. I made my way straight up through high fern, before the ground steepened and became grassy, forming like a giant staircase !! The last part of the ascent was quite g ... Click here

NORTH: The summit of Irish peak bagging!
Mullaghcarn in the Sperrins was chosen by Simon Burn as the final stop in his mammoth completion of the Arderins and Vandeleur-Lynams in one year, reports Aidy.
Aidy on Mullaghcarn: Climbed in great company on an auspicious occasion.
I had a great day out on Mullaghcarn today, as it was chosen by Simoburn, as his final summit in an amazing completion of all the Vandeleur-Lynams and Arderins in one year. A group of MountainViews users, along with some of Simon's friends and relatives, turned up to accompany him on his walk to mark the achievement, and it was a privilege to do so. The mountain itself is not difficult, with a r ... Click here

WEST: Dark Water
A cautionary tale from the good CaptainVertigo as his track over Benbrack and its NE Top was snatched from the jaws of both darkness and glutinous ground; I look forward to seeing him bounding around the hills in flippers and night-vision goggles from hereon. His route (in nice friendly daylight) is a relatively short leg-stretcher well suited to the end or start of a could also be used as the start of a much longer expedition, taking in the W Top and Bartonny Top, possibly even going as far as the Slieve Anierin hills if transport could be arranged. That said, the intervening ground on such a walk might make borrowing his flippers a sound idea.
CaptainVertigo on Benbrack The Hard Way
Onzy's route description for his Track 2177 is as terse as h walk, Length:8.8km, Climb: 303m, Area: Benbrack NE Top, Breifne (Ireland) Benbrack NE To Click here

WEST: Rugged beauty
An undated short summary for the most southerly Ben, the rocky and striking Ben Lettery.
group on Benlettery: Most southerly Ben is a beautiful, rugged summit
Taking the N59 to Clifden, there is space for a couple of cars to park beside the road outside the Benlettery Hostel, at Grid 777 483. Walk up to the hostel and take the stile on your left. Proceed in a NNW direction for about 1km, the grassy terrain mostly firm underfoot, but uneven at times, the incline becoming steeper as you ascend. When you reach point 773 493, from here you can either turn N ... Click here

WEST: Dull top transformed by winter magic
Normally a dull slog through boggy terrain, Knockalongy in the Ox Mountains is a very different place under winter’s white blanket, says Colin Murphy
Colin Murphy on Knockalongy: A dull top transformed by winter magic
The comment by davema (admittedly 8 years old) seems to suggest that there is an obvious access to the summit slopes from the forest track at point D. Be warned, this track simply leads to forestry, and unless you're prepared to clamber through several obstacles, I suggest starting somewhere else. Anyway, I followed the track for 100m where it comes to a T-junction. I turned right (having tried th ... Click here

WEST: Beds are Burning
November has been another month of classic marathon walks for our hero simoburn, and foremost amongst them them to my mind is the quartzite skating rink of the Glencoaghan Horseshoe in the Twelve Bens. Even without the considerable (c. 2000m) amount of ascent on this route, it's one for the experienced with the terrain being particularly challenging during (or just after) bad conditions. Variation finishes (of similar or greater difficulty) are available for those with transport.
simoburn on PMG Walk 93 - Crocknafarragh
PMG Walk 93 - Crocknafarragh walk, Length:19.5km, Climb: 709m, Area: An Grogán Mór, Donegal NW (Ireland) An Grogán Mór, Crocknafarragh, Crocknafarr Click here

Featured track report
Main Sperrin Ridgeline

Possibly the most daunting of the recognised challenge walks in Northern Ireland is the complete traverse of the main ridgeline of the Sperrins, a walk christened the Sperrin Skyway by the wonderfully wry Joey Glover. Similarly lengthy itineraries within the Mournes may be more obviously vicious, but at least there's the compensation of cracking scenery both near and far; the Skyway is a seemingly endless pudding-orientated perambulation where one grassy, boggy and wire-fence-toting lump inevitably gives way to another. simoburn unsurprisingly chose to cull the majority of the summits in the range on his list by doing this walk, a route that lends itself admirably to truncation if not extension. (And it'll be a great day in the right conditions).

Length:40.3km Start: Thu 04-12-14 05:47, End: 14:58, Durn: 9h10m, Asc: 1920m, Desc: 1948m Places: Start at H52113 91410, Mullaghcarbatagh, Mullaghclogher, Mullaghasturrakeen, Mullaghclogha, Learmount Mtn S Top, Dart Mountain, Sawel, Meenard Mtn W Top, Meenard Mountain, Mullaghaneany, Oughtmore, Crockbrack, end at H76232 93033 24km E from Start

SOUTH: He's making a list, he's checking it twice...
A man making room for a reasonably substantial Christmas dinner was CaptainVertigo if his assorted travails in the run-up to Santa are anything to go by. The most elongated of his wanderings is this track in the Eastern Galtees, a route displaying the sort of ingenuity often required when trying to do as many tops as possible in one go while still returning to the original starting point (much greater summit hauls could be accrued by those blessed with transport). As usual, the track is accompanied by extensive notes both practical and personal.
CaptainVertigo on Galtys East
Five Arderins, of which three are Vandeleur-Lynams,and one, walk, Length:22.0km, Climb: 1172m, Area: Galty Mountains (Ireland) Sturrakeen, Laghtshan Click here

SOUTH: Tunnels of rhododendrons
After a pleasant sunny visit to Knockshanahullion in the Knockmealdowns, David-Guenot’s descent was marred by an encounter with the flowering invasive species, which is a common problem in this area.
David-Guenot on Knockshanahullion: A great place to be on a sunny afternoon !!
Climbed this mountain as the last of a five-summit trip, starting from the hairpin at approx. S043118, also including Sugarloaf Hill, Knockmoylan, Knockmealdown and Knockalougha. As I approached the summit I came out of the clouds I had encountered on top of Knockalougha and enjoyed the first rays of sunshine of the day. Better late than never !! Amazing views from the top, especially towards the ... Click here

SOUTH: Wilderness Festival
One of the most extensive tracts of mountain wilderness in Kerry (a county not exactly lacking in that department) lies on the far side of Mangerton, sandwiched between that legendary summit and the sea at Kenmare. onzy has partaken of four summits in this area by means of a fine round trip, an itinerary that can easily be extended to form a stealthy route to Mangerton itself or to take in two or three further lower tops...maybe you could find the fabled Shaking Rock?
Onzy on Tail end of the Mangerton Massif
Route beginning north of Kenmare and taking in Knockbrack, D walk, Length:15.6km, Climb: 659m, Area: Knockbrack, Mangerton (Ireland) Knockbrack, Drom Click here

SOUTH: Not lacking in panoramic views
A new short summary for the relatively easy ascent up Lack Mountain in the Slieve Mish area, which offers fine panoramas of Dingle Bay, says Colin Murphy.
group on Lack Mountain: Easy ascent from east
Park at Q717 056, the highest point of the Aughils to Camp road, where there is room for 1/2 cars. Head directly west, the ground cover being knee-high heather. After about 750m swing directly south taking you on to the col between Knockbrack and Lack. It is then a relatively easy climb of about 40m ascent to the small summit area which is a mixture of long grass and rock. The high point is marked ... Click here

EAST: A dash of colour on a dull day
Wicklore discovers a decorated Christmas tree on Lugnagun in Wicklow on a grim winter solstice morning!
wicklore on Lugnagun: A dash of colour on a dull day
Not being able to be at Newgrange (having never applied for a ticket in my life) I decided to celebrate the winter solstice by watching the sun rise from a Wicklow hill. I planned to welcome the sun and speak encouraging words to it and let it know that from here on in it got easier for the next 6 months until the summer solstice in 2015. told me sunrise would be at 8:38 ... Click here

EAST: On The Beech
simoburn's travels haven't exclusively consisted of one man's attempts to break on through to the other side: occasionally he's had a day off, as demonstrated by his track of the ascent of Mullaghmeen, one of the most distinctive of Ireland's lower County High Points (indeed it is actually the lowest of the 27). This really is a lovely little ramble through a prodigiously large and beautiful beech forest, taking up little more than an easy hour or so. It's obviously not something that takes up an entire day, but for those collecting their CHPs Carnbane East and Corn Hill are within easy reach.
simoburn on Mullaghmeen - County Highpoint List
Mullaghmeen - County Highpoint List walk, Length:5.1km, Climb: 207m, Area: Mullaghmeen, North Midlands (Ireland) Mullaghmeen Click here

MIDLANDS: Well wide of the mark - Bunnanimma bungle.
Bunnanimma Hill in the North Midlands has provoked several comments, principally as its previously listed top was almost 1km from its actual high point!

We credited Jim Bloomer of the Database of British and Irish Hills with bringing the error to our attention which was correct, however I understand that the error was actually found by David Purchase also from Britain. Apparently he found the error when researching Ireland's watersheds. So, thanks David for this and also Chris Crocker for the full story -- more at If you follow the link you will see that DoBIH and ourselves have agreed the new location.
sandman on Bunnanimma: So Obvious.
As you stand on the summit of this hill it is obvious that you are on the highest point which is approx 886mts from the previous high point listing. Just continue in the small lane from Carrickatee to reach the summit which although it is on farm land there are no access issues. Click here

Sorry if we didn't mention what you posted .. there's a list of all contributors for the month later.

Celebrate this achievement of Irish summiteering.

Various people have climbed all of the mountains of Ireland in the past (ie. the 2000 ft, Dillons, 600m etc). There have been a variety of lists and records set. Member pn_runner and a friend climbed such a list in under a year. I (your editor) claim the record of having climbed them in the longest time of around 45 years.

Last month we celebrate member Rob_Lee who did the 600m list that MountainViews offers. This is much the same as the main list of this type that we promote, the Vandeleur-Lynam list. Robert complieted this list before he was 21. You can read all about it in last month's newsletter.

This month we celebrate another extreme achievement, that of Simon Byrne, on the 500's. This is not the first time that the Ard+VL list has been done. Adrian Hendroff has done it for example. However it the first time it has been done in less than a year as far as we know.
Below we look at the physical achievement, comparing it to the Munros. However can I mention another aspect? Three years ago MountainViews introduced track sharing whereby members could describe more accurately what they have done. Simon Byrne chose to share all of the 101 tracks required to do the challenge. It is hugely interesting to see what route he took. It is historical information. It has practical uses for the future. It serves as a basis for future route improvement. It is even useful statistically as you can see below.
So we at MountainViews are delighted that such a resource as the PMG tracks has been created and believe it serves as a great example of sharing of information which we are proud to have facilitated.

simoburn (Simon Byrne), Project Mountain Goat and the combined Arderins + Vandeleur-Lynams
on behalf of the MV community I have included some of the material about this achievement.

Congratulations by CaptainVertigo

Heartiest congratulations to Simon Byrne on his great achievement.
I had hoped to be there personally but the moment clashed with the annual gathering of my clan in Athlone so I missed the great event. It is like NOT having been in the GPO in 1916. Simon hasn't just demolished most of the Lists in one year: along the way he has set down some truly remarkable routes, as we can see from the Tracks he uploaded. Reaching his goal is a testament not just to his physical stamina but also to his mental toughness. There MUST have been times when he asked himself "Am I mad to be doing this?" (truth to tell I ask myself most days when I have parked the car and am about to put on my boots!). But he kept going. His achievement singles him out as one of the most employable people in the country - focused, committed, relentless, clever (look at the routes) and very likely to successfully complete any project he takes on.

PMG Final Summit, Group Photo
One aspect of the journey that I can't comprehend is how Simon managed to avoid injury over a twelve month period. And I don't necessarily mean dramatic injuries of the "falling off " variety: I'm thinking sprains, pulled muscles and ligaments, sore back , wonky knees and the like. These are the kinds of injuries that tend to persist unless the patient rests, and there is really no evidence that Simon ever rested. Well done Simon! Your success will travel with you to the end of your days. Thank you for sharing the adventure with us.

Further resources

simoburn has his own blog here Click Here.. This includes an article in the Irish Daily Mail (mentions MV, thanks for that one Simon)

Member aidy has a blog with several further photos Click Here.

Rough and Ready Comparison of Ard+VL with the Munros. by Simon Stewart

The Ard+VL challenge includes 454 summits in Ireland all over 500m All have 30m prominence apart from the summits over 600m which also include mountains with 15m prominence. The Munro Tops are some 282 summits in Scotland with a height of at least 914.4m.
Simon Byrne completed the VL+Ard challenge in under a year doing it in 101 trips.
By adding up the estimates from the GPS figures as recorded by Simon Byrne on MountainViews track sharing system (not super accurate but not subjective either) the accumulated totals for his trips are as follows:

2397.0km horizontal
129430m vertical

Some of Simon Byrne’s routes are extremely long. 11 were over 40km and 16 had over 2000m climbing – he took full advantage of the brilliant summer of 2014.

Munros have been done at various rates and in various manners. As yet we have not yet located a comparable source of GPS tracks detailing an entire round for the Munros, though given the number who have compleated it (5500+) no doubt such exists. We did find some figures from Martin Moran who did 83 winter days of walks citing 126,000m climb/1654km horizontal to complete the Munros. If these figures are representative then

a. The two goals have roughly similar climb, plausible given considerably higher Scottish heights though more summits in the Irish challenge.
b. The VL+ Ard has about 43% more horizontal distance. Probably the ground in Ireland is less tracked however rarely has much snow.
c. The VL+Ard required 100 days v 83 or about 21% more

Given the state of knowledge and the various approximations here, we would only conclude with any certainty that the two challenges are comparable in difficulty. We believe that, most likely, on further analysis the VL+Ard challenge will turn out to be around 15 to 20% harder.


MountainViews Strategy

The MountainViews committee, under the chairmanship of David Owens ("onzy"), is conducting an internal review of operations with a view to refining future strategy. The community has long worked in practice achieving much however to progress it needs to work in theory also. What are our Values, Vision, Mission and Objectives?
We will keep you informed when there is something to report. Should you be interested in a closer involvement with the committee and/or this strategy review, do register your interest at
Interested in doing a book review?

Collins Press have a book entitled: Geology of Ireland by Pat Meere, Ivor MacCarthy, John Reavy, Alistair Allen & Ken Higgs.

Would anyone be interested in reviewing it for the newsletter? Contact
Maps that never happened.

Africa by ethnicity or tribal area - south at the top, of course.
I love a good map. Here are some interesting ones showing things that never happened. You may find that many of the earlier ones are a bit US oriented, but do take a look: /

The Discreet Charms of Ireland’s Smaller Hills
Over the last few years and particularly in 2014 MountainViews has sought to popularise the 500+ lower hills of Ireland. Anyone viewing MV consistently will be aware of the explosion of exploration last year about them pushing the number of Mountain Comments to over 140 for Jan 2014. We believe that by describing these places and sharing experiences eventually they will become recognised as the huge resource for Irish walking and hillwalking that they are.
While MountainViews does directly reach many thousands, some hillwalkers favour the printed word so I created an article for Irish Mountain Log. A cut down version of this came out in the Winter 2014 issue.
The full original version, about twice as long, is available here:

Kamchatka lava and snow.
Snow, lava, science and Mozart

Astonishing video showing different sorts of lava hitting snow in Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

For nine months, volcano Tolbachik spewed basaltic lava flows that ultimately covered 40 square kilometers, reaching as far as 17 kilometers from their source.
Note: this is one of the few places in the world which we haven't had a video from Martin and Sharron - yet.

View more here.


Videos this month:
Sperrins snow.

This new film follows Mcrtchly and Kernowclimber as they trek the 7-day Machame-Mweka route up to Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest point in the African continent.
This video has an accompanying track and detailed commentary describing the seven day trip which is well worth reading.
mcrtchly on Kilimanjaro - Machame-Mweka Route
Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest point in the African co walk, Length:47.9km, Climb: 5008m, Area: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro () Click here

Videography and reviews by Peter Walker.

A place for those interested in Summiteering, Bagging or Highpointing.

Norn Iron's 181 - a fairways to walk.
Our esteemed colleague, rock of wit and erudition, the eponymous Peter Walker, has completed what he believes is all of the 181 summits of the Six Counties forming Northern Ireland.
His last summit was at Muldersleigh Hill which apparently is on a golf course.
Congratulations Peter!
Peter Walker on Muldersleigh Hill
Possibly the most immaculately manicured hill in Ireland. As walk, Length:2.1km, Climb: 68m, Area: Muldersleigh Hill, Belfast Hills (Ireland) Mulders Click here

Do let us know if you have any particular original summiteering challenge in mind, whether in progress or completed.

Imagine a boot stamping on a bagger's face - forever.
The devoted Irish summiteer might find some interest in this extract from "Relative Hills of Britain", the experiences of Ian (uploaded Fri Dec 19, 2014 )

"I found myself 200 miles south, in Kent yesterday so did the decent thing and visited the new(ish) summit of Botley Hill on my way home. It was dark, misty and a bit drizzly so it was a total drive-up to the water tower. I left the car, hopped over the gate into the field on the South side of the compound and walked along the perimeter fence.

After about 20 metres a security light flicked on, and an odd blue flashing started emanating from one of those inverted dome style security camera things. Having no head torch, I thought the security light was a great intervention and carried on in my, now well illuminated, circumnavigation. A bit further and a MASSIVE security light flicked on, nearly burning out my eyes. When I'd got used to this new light I carried on wandering about.

At the far fence, the plasma light was casting Broken spectres into the night and was fascinating to see so I paused a while, both chuffed at outwitting the Tamperers at last (as far as England is concerned) and daunted at the long journey home.

It was then I was woken from my dream by a deafening, crackling electronic voice " LEAVE THE AREA - NOW! " I'd say it wasn't a recorded voice but the voice of some remote CCTV operator having spent 5 minutes checking the protocols for purging the facility of undesirables . It was all I could do not to fall about laughing, but who knows what the Met. would make of me and my exotic accent. So after a cheery wave and a bit of deliberately odd looking wandering about over the biggest tussocks I made my way back to the car.

So thanks for that, Tamps, I'm on a few watch lists now."

Help wanted
MountainViews wants to compile a list of all of the 1:25000, 1:30000 etc maps available in Ireland (including all non OS maps). We already have such a list for the 1:50,000 maps. Now we want to get a list of all the other maps. We will be looking for the name of the map, any reference number it has and the grid references for bottom left and top right corners.
If you don't know all the maps, then send what you have. For example we are interested in all of the maps published by OSNI/LPS in Northern Ireland.
A Guide to Ireland's Mountain Summits - The Vandeleur-Lynams & The Arderins
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops. The first reprint with numerous minor amendments is now out.

simon3 on A Guide to Irelands Mountain Summits
MountainViews first book available online and in many bookshops.

As members will know, for over a decade, has been providing unique information to hillwalkers on all aspects of exploring and enjoying Ireland's upland areas. It's been a collaborative effort by over 1000 of you, and currently contains over 6000 comments on 1057 mountains and hills on the island of Ireland ... Click here
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This month.
Kudos to our contributors.

We welcome the following new members who enrolled this month. 01beatrice98, 53Garyhill2014, Adamus, Alachka, amulcavan, aspeer, BenHuzz, bikerbob, Billymcbride, Bmjk, bqvbsxfzv, bringmefire, Bwkehoe, chrismcnulty, Dahorse, daniel_mckenna, DavidT, Decko, donalohall, donnet, Dowtchaboy, Dusty, Eagle_Eye, eoghancarton, Fergus-Roche, Gene, groe, Gwal, Higgo, JeffTurner, johnbrannen, kilgannonp1983, Lauranna, Laurence-V, Liamconvery, liamcurrabinny, maike, michaelmcgonagle, Mjs101, normanwhite, orlamcg, orlasmiley, padraigmcg1, Pamela15, Pathfinder95, Patrick53, peters1, pwillems, rp, ruah, RyanLavery, seamusoc, SeanNeeenan, Shem1967, stephencoxy, svmm94, thescout, Tomomara, Waldron-mp, walker1000, walshy20, Woofwalk (62)

Our contributors to all threads this month: (1), AdrianneB (1), Aidy (5), CaptainVertigo (12), Colin Murphy (1), David-Guenot (1), GSheehy (1), Kennyj (1), Onzy (3), Peter Walker (12), ciarraioch (2), eamonoc (1), geohappy (1), Communal summary entries (3), jackill (1), kernowclimber (1), markod (4), markwallace (1), mcrtchly (1), muddyboots (3), nattyguest (1), patmoran (1), rossbeighed (1), sandman (1), simoburn (6), simon3 (4), thomas_g (1), wicklore (1)
For a fuller list view Community | Recent Contributors

There were comments on the following summits Benbrack, Bunnanimma, Corrig Mountain, Cotracloghy, Derrynafulla SW, Dromderalough NE Top, Knockalongy, Knockanaffrin, Knockbrack, Knocknamanagh NE Top, Knockshanahullion, Laghtshanaquilla, Lugnagun, Mount Leinster, Mullaghcarn, Roighne Mhór, Seahan, Seefin, Seefingan, Sturrakeen, Torc Mountain
and these tracks An Grogán Mór, Donegal NW Ireland, Belfast Hills Ireland, Belmore Mountain, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, Benaughlin, Breifne Ireland, Benbrack NE Top, Breifne Ireland, Carn Hill, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Carnanelly, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Cnoc na Searrach, Donegal NW Ireland, Coolnasillagh Mountain, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Corick Mountain, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Corn Hill, North Midlands Ireland, Derrin, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, Dooish, S Donegal/W Tyrone Ireland, Farbreaga, Knockmealdown Mountains Ireland, Fermanagh/S Tyrone Ireland, Galty Mountains Ireland, Galtymore, Galty Mountains Ireland, Knockagarrane, Caha Mountains Ireland, Knockbrack, Mangerton Ireland, Knocklayd, Antrim Hills Ireland, Knocknamanagh, Shehy/Knockboy Ireland, Knockninny Hill, Breifne Ireland, Lough Curra Mtn, Galty Mountains Ireland, Mullaghcarbatagh, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Mullaghcarn, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Mullaghmeen, North Midlands Ireland, Mullaleam, Breifne Ireland, Saggart Hill, Dublin/Wicklow Ireland, Seltannasaggart SE Slope, Arigna Mountains Ireland, Slieve Gallion NE Top, Sperrin Mountains Ireland, Slieve Na Calliagh, North Midlands Ireland, Slieveanorra, Antrim Hills Ireland, Spain, Canary Islands , Tanzania, Kilimanjaro , Tara, East Coast Ireland tracks and these walks were created (none in period)

Thanks to all 1160 who have ever contributed summits or routes info and forums.

For a full list view Community | Contributors Hall of Fame

Summary. MountainViews now has 7250 comments about 1312 different hills & mountains out of the total in our current full list (1385). We want to get a good gps track showing each of the major ways up every summit in Ireland. If you see an option to add a "Short Summary" then do please consider creating one since another objective is to have a short summary for every summit in Ireland. There's a few (73) opportunities for you to be the first to comment on a summit.


  • If you are contributing, please be careful to respect the interests of landowners. Suggest access routes well away from houses, gardens or that could conceivably impact farming activities. When walking, keep away from gardens or farm buildings. Use stiles or gates wherever possible. Never do anything that could allow animals to roam where the farmer did not intend. Ask permission where appropriate.
  • Report suspicious activity to the police forces, as below.
  • If your car is broken into in an upland area report it to the PSNI or Gardai as this will help them be aware of the issue and tackle it in future. Store the numbers. In Northern Ireland use the PSNI non-emergency number 0845 600 8000. In the Republic you can find the local Garda District HQs phone numbers at Specifically for the hotspot of Wicklow: the Garda Divisional Headquarters in Bray is 01 6665300.
  • If you hear of a problem area or route, write it up in MountainViews which does everyone a service.
    Report rubbish tipping in the Republic - ring EPA hotline 1850 365 121
    Report quads in national park area (in which they are banned). For Wicklow please phone the Duty Ranger: 087-9803899 or the office during office hours Telephone: +353-404-45800. Put these numbers in your phone, take regs etc. Let MV know of contact numbers for other areas.
  • If you have climbed some of the less well known places, we would appreciate a summit rating and also GPS readings for summits.
  • If we can, let's make MV have more than one route up a summit so as to reduce the tendency for paths to appear. Your grid refs in comments for different starting points show up on MountainViews maps as well as GPS tracks.
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