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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: -9.830313, 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.   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 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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/1860/
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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 A. 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 B. 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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/5902/
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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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/18547/
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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 https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) 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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/18823/
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Picture: View from Doo Lough of "green ramp"
 
david bourke on Mweelrea, 2007
by david bourke  5 May 2007
25th March 2007

Climbed Mweelrea on a beautiful sunny day. The access route chosen was via the green ramp on the Northern slopes. Parked on a lay by just past the top end of Doo Lough at L8224769909 C. Backtracked down the road and crossed between the two lakes. From this viewpoint neither the summit or the route is visible, however as you progress towards the ramp it becomes clear. Headed SW from the lakes, traversing the hill under Ben Lugamore at around the 500 contour. Once on the ramp the climb up to the ridge involves nothing more than a steady climb of approx 230m on a grassy incline.
Arrived onto the ridge at L8050367866 D. At this point the clear outline of Mweelrea summit could be seen. Time for a well deserved lunch stop.
From the ridge decided to walk along the escarpment to the summit cairn of Ben Bury at 795m. The ground descended southwest to a spur at 630m. L7925767602 E, before the final ascent. From the saddle it was a good pull up on to the final ridge and then on to the summit. There is no trig point or cairn but today the views more than compensated.
Didn’t delay too long at the summit. Returned to the point on the ridge where we had lunch and from there continued east up on to spot point 803 L8121267356 F on Ben Lugamore. I really enjoyed this part of the walk. The cliffs on the Northern side are extremely steep and dangerous. There is a well trodden path that marks the way. Continued eastward to spot height 760. Bore slightly southeast from here before the final descent east, via a steep gully. Crossed the Owengarr River at a small sluice at L8440367010 G.
How I would have loved to hop into the car at this stage! No alternative but to leg it along the entire length of Doo Lough. Ouch! The feet ached.
Arrived back at the car having completed 19.6km.
This is a classic walk and one of the best I have ever done in Ireland so far. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/2682/
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Picture: The Bunanakee River, Uggool Beach and Tully Mountain beyond.
liame on Mweelrea, 2009
by liame  5 May 2009
Tried the western approach to Mweelrea starting from the right of way at Dadreen about a kilometre from the end of the coast road that runs south from Louisburgh. This is as Gar describes it just past a pink house but now with the addition of a prominent cul de sac sign. The gradual climb steepens a bit as you approach the coll between Mweelrea and Ben Bury but is far less spectacular and rewarding than the approach from Doo Lough. Still, an hour and forty minutes later, I had one of the best views that Ireland can offer from the summit of Connaught's highest.
Coming down I initially headed south on the ridge with a view to dropping down towards Killary but, with clouds rolling in, I headed for the end of the southern leg of the Bunanakee River instead. As I followed this down, the beauty of the lower stretch of the river and Uggool beach beyond (see photo) drew me away from Dadreen. Eventually I came to the notorious fence guarded by a millitant sheep farmer and his dogs and he insisted that I head back up the hill before crossing over to the right of way at Dadreen. It nearly ruined an almost perfect day! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/3750/
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