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Mullaghmeen Hill Mullach Mín A name in Irish
(Ir. Mullach Mín [logainm.ie], 'smooth summit') County Highpoint of Westmeath, in County Highpoint, Binnion Lists, Undifferentiated limestone Bedrock

Height: 258m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 41 Grid Reference: N46924 79379
Place visited by 238 members. Recently by: therealcrow, PaulaMelvin, rollingwave, Sigrun, BathQueen, Bunsen7, NickDown, flynnke, hak493r, wallr, jillsteer, gaelbrad, Oileanach, clacon, Jerpoint23
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Longitude: -7.289195, Latitude: 53.762078 , Easting: 246924, Northing: 279379 Prominence: 146m,  Isolation: 3.3km
ITM: 646868 779397,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mlghmn, 10 char: Mulaghmen
Bedrock type: Undifferentiated limestone, (Visean Limestones (undifferentiated))

Mullaghmeen is the highest point in Co. Westmeath but, at 261m, it has the distinction of being the lowest of all the county tops in Ireland. A walk to its summit is described in Paul Clements' book The Height of Nonsense (147-53). The hill also gives name to the townland (par. Foyran) in which it is located.   Mullaghmeen is the 1262th highest place in Ireland. Mullaghmeen is the highest point in county Westmeath.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mullaghmeen in area North Midlands, Ireland
Picture: Deja view
 
Its a Beech! (forest)
Short Summary created by jackill,  26 Jan 2011
Turn off the country lane at N48160 77460 A and enter a well kept Coillte forest.
Park in the large carpark. Time to complete , 1 hour .
There are 3 developed walking routes here. A variation on the Red route will get you to the summit. Follow the track to N47016 78953 B, then to N46758 79127 C and turn right uphill to gain the treeless summit. Cross the summit and follow the track downhill to N47424 79131 D, following any of the tracks here downhill will take you back to the carpark.

Fine views from the summit across Lough Sheelin but its the airy, peaceful light of the Beech forest that makes this a truly special place. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1050/comment/5809/
 
New Comment: Family excursion
by hazyview  4 Sep 2018
Highest point in Co Westmeath. We (family including a double-buggy!) climbed this one weekend by following one of the trails through the forest from the car park. However, there may be a better way, as I ended up scrambling through brambles & over a fence to find the actual summit. The great thing about climbing in this relatively flat area is that you can see huge distances after a fairly short climb and the landmarks you spot are easily identifiable. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1050/comment/20054/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mullaghmeen in area North Midlands, Ireland
Picture: Mapboard showing track to summit
New Comment: Unforested summit area a haven for wildlife
by Bunsen7  5 Sep 2018
Ironically most of the area in the close vicinity of the "summit" is not deeply forested. There are brambles and gorse allowing wildlife to flourish. My visit in summer meant a huge number of butterflies and bees in particular could be seen enjoying the flowering foxgloves.

The picture shows the track over the summit. There is some gorse encroaching on the path so this may perturb some children. Apart from that, a pleasant family walk with little ascent.

As I recall it, views from the summit are probably best to the north and west. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1050/comment/20056/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mullaghmeen in area North Midlands, Ireland
Picture: A pleasant walk through Western Europe's largest beech forest
 
wicklore on Mullaghmeen, 2009
by wicklore  29 Jul 2009
Mullaghmeen is the lowest county top in Ireland, but is situated in a vast area of forestry that includes the largest plantation of beech trees in Western Europe. The forestry alone makes this a worthwhile visit, and there are a number of historical curiosities on the hill also

You won’t find Mullaghmeen without a good map. From Dublin I headed to Mullingar, then took the R394 road to Castlepollard. From there you need to use the OS map to get to N489 780 E and take the turn onto the minor track. This leads to a well developed car park with information boards, and a variety of colour coded walks. Follow the Red Trail for about 1 ½ km’s, and take the signpost marked ‘Cairn’. This leads to the summit, and from the car park you should be there in less than half an hour. Because there are two ‘tops’ to Mullaghmeen, make sure you are at the right one! While Mullaghmeen is covered in trees, the summit area is treeless, and gives excellent views in all directions, especially out to Lough Sheelin to the north. There is a pile of stones at the summit which I thought at first was discarded lumps of cement. However these are actually the remains of the summit cairn.

There are a variety of other things to see on your ramble around the forest. There are the remains of Flax Pits, Famine Fields, and a Booley Hut. (A Booley Hut is apparently where farmers lived on a seasonal basis while tending livestock, but I’m open to correction on this). These are all signposted and add quality to what is already a pleasant walk through the woods.
For such an out of the way hill, Mullaghmeen offers a lot more than many of its larger peers around the country. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1050/comment/3972/
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Geo on Mullaghmeen, 2009
by Geo  29 Jul 2009
Just as an additional info to wicklore's excellent comment on Mullaghmeen, you may be interested in using http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/?id=53&rec_site=57 to get a general overview and a site map. Also on this page you can download a local map to help find your way to the forest using http://www.coillteoutdoors.ie/fileadmin/user_upload/maps/pdf/location_maps/Mullaghmeenlocmap.pdf
A lovely place for a ramble with family and /or canine friends. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1050/comment/3973/
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Correction to gridref
by csd  9 May 2010
Just a quick correction to the grid ref in wicklore's comment: the turn-off is actually at N48156 77465 F. Taking the turning at the other point brings you up a rough farmer's track! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/1050/comment/4695/
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