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Mweelrea Mountains Area
Place count in area: 9, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, MSW 
Highest place:
Mweelrea, 814m
Maximum height for area: 814 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 779 metres,

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Mweelrea Mountain Maol Réidh A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Maol Réidh [GE], 'bald hill with the smooth top') County Highpoint of Mayo, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 814m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78983 66810
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Longitude: -9.830358, Latitude: 53.63724 , Easting: 78983, Northing: 266810 Prominence: 779m,  Isolation: 1.5km
ITM: 478959 766828,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mwlr, 10 char: Mweelrea
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

Mweelrea is the highest mountain in Connacht.   Mweelrea is the highest mountain in the Mweelrea Mountains area and the 35th highest in Ireland. Mweelrea is the highest point in county Mayo.

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Picture: looking down to Lough Bellawaum
 
gerrym on Mweelrea, 2006
by gerrym  17 Aug 2006
I have read much about Mweelrea and have seen her from many different angles and distances over the past few years as i have tackled other mountains in the west. From high up at the end of the the Sheffrys Mweelrea is a monstrous looking prospect across Doo lough, from the Nephin Begs her height was apparent cloaked in cloud whilst those around were clear, from a favourite campsite at Renvyle beach she dominates the skyline beyond Benchoona. These years of contemplation were finally moved to action this July when i was determined to set aside a day to explore for myself. I approached Mweelrea from Doo Lough, rising to the top of Ben Bury. From there i dropped down easily in 20 mins to the col. There are cairns marking the W side of the mountain as it drops down past some glacial eractic boulders. There are some great views out to the W over a sandy coastline to the ocean and some fish farms, and inland past the corrie holding Lough Bellawaum and on to the Mamturks. The rise ahead looked steep but it was surprisingly easy on stoney and close cropped ground. As reached the crest could see down into yet another corrie, this time with a less impressive lough in the form of Lugalougan and a ridge heading down towards Killary Harbour. What is impressive is the way the ice has eaten away solid rock up to the summit on this side of the mountain giving the top a distinctive high point, walk along this crest up to the summit itself which is marked by a small cairn. Mist was floating in from the sea on the W side of the mountain as the air rose and cooled so limited views there, i did drop down a little to try and get a view but the ground was quite steep and i had no joy. What I could see was all of the Bens, the Mamturks, Ben Gorm, Mamtrusna and on to C Patrick, and the Nephin Begs. I could also see a big slice of Killary with Leeaun Hill at its head. There was a group at the top as i was ascending but they had disappeared when i arrived and several others appeared as i sat on the top having something to eat and drink - not bad for what should be a big attraction in terms of climbing. As I desended back to the col the roar of water from the river dropping steeply into Lough Bellawaum caught my attention, as did the steep and scree strewn slopes of the three tops of Ben Lugmore, ending abruptly at the massive corrie i had climbed through earlier. I cut across the shoulder of Benbury heading for the col and small cairn i had passed earlier coming up form the corrie. I had a great day in good weather to see all aspects of the hill from up close and i was not disappointed - i urge you to see for yourself. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/2459/
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weedavie on Mweelrea, 2008
by weedavie  12 Mar 2008
Unlike Cra I've problems with murphysw's approach. I'm glad he's written it, it's definitely a point of view. But speaking as an essentially timid character, I don't want someone frightening me in advance, my imagination is up to the job on its own. My friends are used to me staring like a frightened rabbit along a ridge where I've read an over-realistic description. I always get along it but they get fed up with the whining. Mweelrea is big, beautiful and challenging and there are numerous points where care is required. But I'd not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who was halfway competent, solo or otherwise. You should feel you're up to navigation in mist before you do it but that can be true of far easier hills. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/2997/
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brenno on Mweelrea, 2010
by brenno  22 Mar 2010
Just looked at CaptainVertigo's videos of the Mweelrea circuit - an awesome mountain. Have only done Mweelrea from the west side and as others have said it's nowhere near as dramatic an ascent as the circuit from Delphi. Views from the top on a good day are so good as you're going to get anywhere,

After seeing the videos, will aim to climb from the Delphi sometime in the summer, although don't think i'll manage the entire circuit - the Lugmore ridge looked a bit hairy for someone like me who was scared out of his wits on the Beenkeragh ridge in the Reeks.

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Picture: Mweelrea in the distance
Stunning scenery.
by Irishsas  1 Feb 2011
What a day for an amble! January 29th was cold but sunny and with nary a cloud in the sky we set off from Delphi Adventure Centre and followed the Owenaglough River upstream. The route here was boggy and crossed some rough ground but the frosty morning helped us by keeping things fairly firm underfoot. Unsure exactly how we would approach the summit we decided to wait until we were at the foot of the mountain before making a decision to head up the steep front aspect or come in from the side. The front won out and off we set. We met only a handful of people along the way which was a refreshing change from the last walk.

The path stays close to a cliff edge and you are constantly aware as you near the summit of the precipice to your right hand side but the views are simply breathtaking and on this beautiful winter morning it seemed we could see forever. We then traversed over to Ben Lugmore and came down along the ridge simply leaving Ben Bury for another day - a great excuse to come back! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/6229/
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by MariaP  20 May 2011
Hiked Mweelrea at the end of April from the western side. Even though it was a bit muggy the views were still fantastic from the top. We made it up and down in 4 and a half hours. Also stumbled upon a Nokia phone in the boggy part about a quarter of the way up in case anyone has lost one up there recently! It was a great hike – would highly recommend it! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/6355/
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Picture: the steep east face
great mountain
by scannerman  16 Mar 2012
Climbed up Mweelrea yesterday, a great hill with serious amounts of really steep ground. Very dramatic scenery indeed.
The long walk in from delphi took a couple of hours over rough and often boggy territory but the view of mweelrea's crags smouldering in the mist and cloud certainly kept up the moral.
After a short sojourn to lough lugaloughan we proceeded straight up the south east shoulder and on to the summit. Had some fine views into Killary harbour and down Mweelrea's airy east face but mist and cloud obsured any wider sights of connemara.
Had planned to go down via Lugmore mtn but with heavy cloud decending and lateness of day, we returned the same route.
Super hill. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/6715/
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