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Mweelrea Area   W: Mweelrea Subarea
Place count in area: 12, 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 Connacht Province, 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: -9.830313, Latitude: 53.637241 , Easting: 78983, Northing: 266810 Prominence: 779m,  Isolation: 1.5km
ITM: 478962 766828,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mwlr, 10 char: Mweelrea
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

Mweelrea is the highest mountain in Connacht. The use of the adjective réidh, ‘smooth’, does not have many parallels in Irish hill-names and seems rather unsuited to rugged Mweelrea. Whilst impossible to prove, it seems plausible that this was once a Brittonic name containing bre, comparable to Welsh moelfre ‘bald hill’, of which there are at least seven instances in Wales. A number of townlands in Co. Down called Drummiller or Miller Hill could well have the same origin, the addition of tautological Ir. droim or Eng. hill being a later development.   Mweelrea is the highest mountain in the Mweelrea area and the 35th highest in Ireland. Mweelrea is the highest point in county Mayo.

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Picture: Looking towards Killary harbour
Gar on Mweelrea, 2005
by Gar  6 Aug 2005
Parked just past the Pink house in Dadreen, west of Mweelrea. If you can see the beach at Carrickwee then turn around and park at the first available parking spot. From here there is an access path following a stream which saves you climbing over a couple of fences. This leads you directly to the base of Mweelrea. Round trip time in great weather was 4 hours. This seems to be a much easier hike than coming from the Delphi side but is probably not as spectacular. It's the easiest way to the peak and is really just a bit of a boring bog hop but the view from the top is incredible. Could see all the Bens to the south and Croagh Patrick in the distance. Next time I'll do the horseshoe from Delphi. Linkback:
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A Western Gem
by ablighe  27 Jun 2010
The last time i attempted Mwelrea i tackled it from the Doo Lough side. The weather really came down & visibility was down to maybe 20 metres when we were on top of Lugmore so we decided to turn back.
This time (19/06/10) we decided to start from the Western side. We started a small distance from a Pink house, roughly L 766 697 starA. There is a turn just off the road where there is room at this turn off for maybe 5 cars. There is 2 options here, follow the turn off to see where it leads or else go straight into the fields. We went straight into the farmers fields. There are 2 fences to scale doing it this way, with care it is possible to find a point on the south east corner of the field to get over the first fence without damaging it. In the second field there is a large boulder which forms part of the fence in the north east section of the field. Once over this it is open Mountain.
We headed directly for the Col between Ben Bury & Mwelrea, it was steep in parts but nothing too difficult. Once at the Col it is easy going, we had good weather. I think even on this route you would need some navigational skills if visibility was poor.
The summit of Mwelrea was spectacular, probably the most scenic i have been up in Ireland. We had a great day to take in all the surrounding Mountains and out to all the Islands. Photo attached from top looking out to mouth of Killary Harbour.
We got up at a easy going pace, not pushing hard in 2 & half hours.
We decided on top that it might be nice to try a different route down. We aimed for Uggool beach via the hill at L 778 664 starB. Going this way was a very steep descent but was fine as it was on a grassy slope and with no dangerous ledges. As we got lower down particularly past the hill the terrain became boggy in parts and thick vegetation in others. It made for difficult walking conditions and ended up taking us just over 2 hours to reach the beach. What we didn't realise when deciding to go to the beach was that it is private property and the farmer had signs everywhere to say no walkers were allowed. We quickly got out of there and had a nice dip after a long hot day in Carrickwee beach.
Great day and highly recommend it to anyone. Will definitely go back to tackle it from the Lugmore side. Linkback:
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Picture: As good as it gets!
The big one!!!
by Colin Murphy  30 May 2016
The was a big one in every sense of the word for me - my final Arderin!!!! I started this quest sometime in the mid-to-late nineties, so I reckon its taken me close to twenty years, but what was the rush? My daughter kindly anticipated the event and had a T-shirt printed to mark the event. Thanks to my friend Madfrankie for all his suggestions regarding routes etc down the years and for all the times I was too cold to take my hands from my pockets so left the navigating to him! Thanks also to Simon Stewart for providing the website that allows us to log our climbs, which really helps to provide a target to work towards and the necessary information to actually get out on to the hills. Anyway, one list completed, on to the County Highpoints and Vandeleur-Lynam! Linkback:
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Picture: Lots of water on our decent from Mweelrea
- Water Everywhere
by paddyobpc  25 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 11 Jul 2016. After our failed attempt at Benbaun a day earlier due to harsh weather we awoke to an only slightly better day for our planned climb of Mweelrea. It was still raining and misty as we ate breakfast in The Ocean Lodge Hotel before setting off. We followed the route described in Kieron Gribbon’s book “Ireland's County High Points – A Walking Guide”. The rain continued for a lot of the climb making the climb extra difficult with huge care required not to lose our way in the clouds. Fair play to Dillon (dillonkdy) for completing this one, the most difficult so far out of all the County High Points completed due to the weather. On reaching the summit, we took a quick picture and were glad to head back down. We were lucky with some lovely views on the decent with many full streams and waterfalls after all the rain all around us on the route. Up and back we covered 10Km taking us just short of 4 hours and climbing a height of almost 800m.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website ( to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Linkback:
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Sunday 17 April 2011
by jkforde  21 Apr 2011
Did Mweelrea again on Sunday - from the north end of Doo Lough into Coum Dubh, up the ramp, over to summit, back over north around the ridge to Ben Lugmore East and then down a steep grassy slope to the salmon weir at the south end of the lake.

Twas a fantastic 6 hour walk! I have a good GPX track if anyone wants one (by the way, tracked using ViewRanger app on a Nokia E52 with OSI 50k mapping - the app and mapping aren't free but well worth it).

Now, must do the Sheeffys again soon for the view into Coum Dubh opposite.... :) Linkback:
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Picture: Lough Bellawaum from col between Ben Bury and Mweelrea
A giant among mountains
by kernowclimber  20 Sep 2010
Six months ago the sight of Mweelrea, monstrous and glowering in icy majesty beneath leaden skies, was both intimidating and exhilarating, the sight seared into my memory after we made the agonising choice ‘to leave it for another time’ as the light was fading and we turned towards the Lugmore Ridge.

Here we were attempting Mweelrea again. There is no easy way to get to her, you have to be prepared to walk long and climb hard to attain the highest summit of Co. Mayo which makes this mountain somewhat special. We parked on the Dhulough Pass Road (L82845 69526 starC) and walked across the narrow neck of land separating Doo Lough and Glencullin Lough, heading for the corrie below the jagged cliffs of Lugmore. The terrain was boggy, particularly as we approached the lip of the corrie. Keeping to the far left we avoided as much of the bog as possible to access the start of a series of grassy ledges at the back of the corrie (L81582 67622 starD) that undulate upwards in a lung bursting climb to a col between Ben Bury and Ben Lugmore West Top.

The terrain is fiendish, very steep in places and a stony path only becomes evident near the top, but this is compensated for by magnificent views of the loughs in the valley below and the serpentine coils of the Sruhauncullinmore River meandering amid the bog in the corrie. Close to the top the path narrows and weaves precariously along the side of the cliffs with a steep drop; it’s not difficult to see why some might find the exposure intimidating, but a rope is unnecessary.

Reaching the col one is rewarded with scenery on an epic scale – the razor sharp edge of Lugmore Ridge sweeping down towards Lough Bellawaum and ahead, the enormous hulk of Mweelrea sitting imperiously above Killary Harbour and the Atlantic. The remainder of the climb to Mweelrea is easy after the ordeal of the corrie, passing over fairly benign terrain and by some interesting glacial erratics. At the summit, our eyes feasted on the beauty of small green fields flanked by yellow ribbons of sand and the endless Atlantic with myriad islands floating just offshore. The view extended as far north as Achill, the towering cliffs and cone of Croaghaun clearly visible and to the south, the edge of Roundstone Bog, the pools within glinting angrily like thousands of shards of glass. Inland, the Maumturks and the Twelve Bens huddled together like advancing armies.

After an hour savouring some of the finest scenery in Ireland, we followed the same route back. Plunged into shadow, the gaping corrie looked menacing and intimidating and the Dhulough Pass Road a long way down; care must be exercised on the steep descent. Doo Lough, burnished with the reflection of the Sheeffry Hills set ablaze by the setting sun provided a welcome beacon. As we crossed Hut Island we spied the moon rising between Ben Gorm and the Sheeffrys, its elemental reflection shimmering in the darkening waters of Doo Lough; a magical close to a memorable 14.5 km climb. Linkback:
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