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Nephin Beg Mountain Néifinn Bheag A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn Bheag [OSI], poss. 'little sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, White quartzites, semi-pelitic schists Bedrock

Height: 627m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23 Grid Reference: F93196 10223
Place visited by 132 members. Recently by: No1Grumbler, thrifleganger, Wes, justynagru, Fergalh, LorraineG60, abcd, Grumbler, ilenia, Lauranna, philmchale, eamonoc, briankelly, Roswayman, markwallace
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Longitude: -9.630642, Latitude: 54.030188 , Easting: 93196, Northing: 310223 Prominence: 365m,  Isolation: 2km
ITM: 493170 810230,   GPS IDs, 6 char: NphnBg, 10 char: Nephin Beg
Bedrock type: White quartzites, semi-pelitic schists, (Srahmore Quartzite and Schist Member)

Oddly, Nephin Beg is some distance from Nephin and there are other intervening mountains between them. Why it is so named is, therefore, something of a mystery, unless it too was a sanctuary. For origin of name, see Nephin. Walks: for a route to the summit from the SE, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 71.   Nephin Beg is the 245th highest place in Ireland.

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Challenging walk bagging two remote summits .. by group   (Show all for Nephin Beg) Picture about mountain Nephin Beg in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Nephin Beg from the north
Small in name but not in nature
by wicklore  27 Aug 2010
I climbed Nephin Beg by parking on a forest track at F97144 05177 A. I followed the Western Way/Bangor Trail and in a few hundred metres came to the Brogan Carroll Bothy at F96902 05511 J. This bothy is a well built and quaint stone structure with a slate roof. Weatherproof and with a fireplace, it would be a great base for those doing day walks in the area.

The Bangor Trail splits from the Western Way at the bothy and crosses a tributary of the Srahmore River by a lovely little footbridge. After this the Trail follows the river, crossing another little bridge at F96040 05667 K. The Trail then branches away from the river and crosses open bog and rough ground for a few kms. The sense of near-wilderness builds as you leave the houses and roads behind. However nearby forestry operations, fencing and marker posts don’t quite allow that utter isolation feeling.

About 4.5kms from the car at F93822 07247 L, the Letterkeen Loop walk splits from the Bangor Trail. I used this to gain access to Nephin Beg South Top. If doing the same ensure you take the trail ABOVE the treeline, and not the trail that heads into the trees just before it, as this will involve some adventurous scrabbling about to get back above the trees! As height is gained and the views open up the sense of being isolated is really developing. It is a straightforward walk up the hill and the unremarkable summit is marked by little pile of stones. However it affords fantastic views of Glennamong and Corranabinnia across the valley. It’s also possible to look back over much of the previous 5 kms just walked.

From here I dropped 65 metres into the col to the north before climbing the 280 metres up to the main Nephin Beg summit, passing through the 505metre spot height at F93157 09317 M along the way. Nephin Beg is marked by a small cylindrical cairn with a little pointed pile of stones on top. The views at the summit are remarkable as you are now looking across vast areas of uninhabited bog, hills and forestry to the south, east and west. To the north lies the large bulk of isolated Slieve Carr. Continuing north I dropped 350 metres down steep ground into the col shared with Slieve Carr. From the col I headed west and dropped another 100 metres to the Bangor Trail which had meandered around Nephin Beg and was running through the vast bog below. I followed the Trail further north and had some difficulty crossing a stream in spate at F 91648 11020 N. I spent a night at a tin bothy on the Trail at F90649 11350 O (read my comment on Slieve Carr for info on this!). After climbing Carr the following morning I followed the Bangor Trail the 15kms back to my car. The Trail was tough to follow for a few kilometres because of wet ground, heavy bog and long grass. However after a few kms it improved somewhat and eventually became easy to follow as bridges re-emerged on streams and rough stepping stones appeared on dodgy sections of bog. A long but rewarding way to climb a great hill! Linkback:
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A prominent viewing platform .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Nephin Beg)
Gives its name to the range, though it is neither .. by milo   (Show all for Nephin Beg)
Nothing to see but cloud! .. by Geo   (Show all for Nephin Beg)
Remote or Not .. by sandman   (Show all for Nephin Beg)
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