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Nephin Beg Mountain Néifinn Bheag A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn Bheag [OSI], poss. 'little sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County, 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 129 members. Recently by: justynagru, Fergalh, LorraineG60, abcd, Grumbler, ilenia, Lauranna, philmchale, eamonoc, briankelly, Roswayman, markwallace, daveevangibbons, LordKelvin88, Atlanticstar
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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)
Small in name but not in nature .. by wicklore   (Show all for Nephin Beg) Picture about mountain Nephin Beg in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Nephin Beg summit cairn with Slieve Carr beyond
A prominent viewing platform
by Harry Goodman  24 May 2012
Starting at the Brogan Carroll Bothy F968055 P I climbed Nephin Beg on 8 May 2012 by way of the Bangor Trail and Nephin Beg S Top. (For earlier part of the route see my comments on Nephin Beg S Top). From the S Top we dropped down N to the col F935087 Q before going up NW over Pt. 505 F932094 R and then after a further 300m F930096 S NNE to the top F9319710223 T. The push up, while only 277m in height gain, was a bit of a trudge up a pathless slope of some 2k. Once there the top, marked by a distinctive stone cairn, was a superb viewing platform for the entire Nephin Beg Range. Prominent to the NNW was Slieve Carr, regarded as the most remote top in the Nephin Begs, while SW was Glenamong, Bengorm and the mountains of Corranbinna. ENE was the distinctive profile of Nephin and the tops of Birreencorragh, a memorable 360 degree panorama. As we had decided on a circular route for our walk, rather than return by way of ascent, we headed NE along the summit plateau to Pt. 617 F935105 U. While we were relaxing for a short break we noticed a prominent white band near the top of distant Nephin and were surprised to find, through a monocular that this was snow, in May! From Pt. 617 we then headed due E for some 300m to gain the start of a spur F938105 V going NE and then a further 200m along F940106 W we changed direction to due E to go steeply down a sharp topped rocky spur, before veering ESE to make for a small cleared area in the forest below F9494510414 X, crossing a fence on the way. From here it was a short walk down the grassy slope and then along the left bank of a small stream to an unsurfaced but good quality forest road F9517610434 Y, some 3.6k from Nephin Beg summit.We turned right and followed the forest road for some 5k back to the start point for the walk at the Brogan Carroll Bothy. In total our route was 15k. In clear conditions, such as we experienced, the need for a number of the map references that I have given would be questionable but in mist this is a pathless and at times featureless terrain in which it would be better to be safe rather than sorry. Linkback:
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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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