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Breifne Area   SW: Iron Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A 
Highest place:
Cuilcagh, 666m
Maximum height for area: 666 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 570 metres,

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Slieve Anierin Mountain Sliabh an Iarainn A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh an Iarainn [OSI], 'mountain of the iron') Leitrim County in Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Sandstone, sandy shale & shale Bedrock

Height: 585m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 26 Grid Reference: H01878 15930
Place visited by 111 members. Recently by: millsd1, No1Grumbler, LauraG, derekfanning, FilHil, finkey86, upper, abeach, osullivanm, simon3, noucamp, eoghancarton, Grumbler, ilenia, Niamhq
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Longitude: -7.972069, Latitude: 54.092539 , Easting: 201878, Northing: 315930 Prominence: 245m,  Isolation: 2.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 601827 815938,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvAnr, 10 char: SlvAnrn
Bedrock type: Sandstone, sandy shale & shale, (Bencroy Sandstone Member)

This area is area is known for its mineral resources, particularly the coal which was mined in the vicinity of Arigna. There were also iron workings beside Lough Allen at the base of this mountain, still operating in the late 19th century. A local legend holds that they were worked by Goibnenn, the smith-god of the Tuatha Dé Danann.   Slieve Anierin is the second highest mountain in the Breifne area and the 329th highest in Ireland. Slieve Anierin is the most southerly summit and also the most westerly in the Breifne area. Slieve Anierin is the third highest point in county Leitrim.

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Picture: Lough Nabellbeg backed by cliffs of Slieve Anierin
gerrym on Slieve Anierin, 2006
by gerrym  10 Jun 2006
Slieve Anierin has a magnificent line of cliffs on the E side (the map also shows cliffs to the W but i did not have the opportunity to explore these) which zig zag in and out, so opening up changing views and hiding what is to come next. I approached from the N via Knockacullion, from where the delightful first line of cliffs above Lough Nabellbeg comes into view. There is good ground atop the cliffs and the going is easy as the ground gently ascends high above the lough which sparkled in the bright sunhine. The views back along the escarpment of Knockacullion are great from here, and futher past Bencroy, Benbrack, Benbeg to the daddy of them all - Cuilcaigh. There is a sheep trail some 20 - 30 ft below the track at the top of the cliffs which i dropped down onto and followed for some distance above the lough. There is some exposure here but for anyone who likes that little bit more of a challenge it is worth the effort for the views. There is quite a steep little climb to get back up to the top as round the corner for the next bank of cliffs The walking continues to be good above the cliffs, eventually reach the end of the line at a pointed stone, with views down to Lough Allen. To keep myself occupied i played "count the loughs" and got up to 48 from this vantage point in okay visibility - can you do better? From here head NW for the actual summit, thre presence of railway sleepers suggests vechiles where present here at one time, but for what reason? The top is like the other hills in the area in being non descript. I did not linger and headed back to the cliff edge as soon as possible. I dropped down to the base of the cliffs from the col with Knockacullion, back to the road past the transmiter stations and to the base of Benbrack where i camped for the night at the edge of the forest in fairly damp conditions before leaving the next morning. Had a fantastic couple of days here, which was enough to do most of the hills in the area. No other people on the tops of the hills and they are an area that i would quite happily return to in the future. Linkback:
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absalon on Slieve Anierin, 2004
by absalon  8 Sep 2004
A good start for Sliabh an Iarainn is from the end of the old miners' track in the townland of Mullaghgarve,H023156 starA. Ascend steeply to the plateau avoiding the cliffs; then trudge across boggy ground to the highest point. The walk becomes more interesting if one continues on to Knockabell and Bencroy with more extensive views and more easy terrain. A return to base may be made by taking the rough sheep track which runs along the eastern cliffs,passing the pleasant Loch nabellbeg on one's left. A 5 hour walk and a fair amount of energy is expended. One wonders sometimes was the journey really necessary. Linkback:
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The Quest for the top via the Holy G Trail
by Gerryor  26 Jul 2011
I climbed The Mountain of Iron on Tuesday 19th July 2011. Mixed weather with sunny spells and a few light showers. Good visibility from the top. I basically followed the 'G' waymarked trail (as described here) from Point A (famine memorial seat) to the mass rock and then up to the summit plateau and a trudge to the top. I found the remains of an old bridge near the top suggesting an ancient route. Summit marker relatively easy to find - in the middle of a 'lake' of peat (again as shown here) which is a bit claggy but you can walk on it. I descended straight down to fence next to mine track and returned to start. I called in to Aghacashel PO and spoke to Jackie Lee who is the local co-ordinator. He told me that they are hoping to acquire funding for more leaflets and upgraded display boards. In the meantime the display boards outside the PO describe further walks in the area which I hope to do on a future visit. Linkback:
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walker_hollick on Slieve Anierin, 2004
by walker_hollick  9 May 2004
I climbed this from Drumshanbo, however it is possible to get closer by parking at the end of a track (G 984 145 starB). The track goes up to a mast, there are good views from here over Lough Allen.
From here continue upwards until the summit plateau is reached. This is very boggy and there is no real distinct top. The OS trig point is difficult to spot as only the concrete base is present.

The best walking is along an escarpment to the east and southeast of the "summit". Linkback:
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Barty1958 on Slieve Anierin, 2010
by Barty1958  1 Feb 2010
Sunday - Jan 31st 2010. Weather : Cold/ frosty, recent hail shower, bright skies with some low cloud over summit. Started @ 11 am from Aghacashel PO. Very nice man - Jackie Lee in the Shop/PO will tell you all you need to know before you start. Very easy route to follow from PO. 2km rising walk along small country road, over a gate and onwards follow signs to summit. Some tricky spots along side of rock face but otherwise straight forward. Summit is hard to find but turns out be a mound. Good potential for longer climb but kept it short. Descended to old miners road and back the same way - 3 hours in total. Will do Knockacullion and Belcroy in the Summer. Too much snow and ice still. Linkback:
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Jaak on Slieve Anierin, 2007
by Jaak  10 Apr 2007
Climbed this recently via the route outlined by edflanaga - very useful directions. The Trig point is hard to find as only the base remains - in the centre of a very boggy mix of peat and mud. Linkback:
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