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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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lukemcmanus on Mweelrea, 2006
by lukemcmanus  10 Jun 2006
Climbed Mweelrea from the north end of Doolough on July 9th, just at the end of the hottest week of the year so far. Easy enough going to the corrie - found a pair of brown Armani sunglasses if any Mountain Viewers mislaid them! The corrie is breathtaking, and I found the ramp without too much difficulty. "A grassy ramp" as my book described it, a phrase loaded with resonances of pastoral relaxation. In fact, its a fairly gruelling ascent, though the views are incredible. Plenty of water breaks (it was 23C - I drank three litres of water that day). The narrow path over the steep scree at the top of the ramp could give fright to the timid, but it was heartening to the reach the top so soon after this mildly hair-raising crossing. A handy ramble over nice dry peat to the top of Ben Bury, and then another relatively pleasant pull up Mweelrea itself - anything seems handy after the dreaded ramp, which at least means that the worst is out of the way early. It was extremely sunny and windy and the view from the summit was indescribably spectacular.

Headed back to the ridge along the corrie top, where the intermittent path takes one or two very close swerves towards the edge. Ben Lugmore is a great looking mountain, and then the long walk along the ridge, and negotiating a trickily steep mountainside back down to Delphi. Seven hours on one of the best days of the year. Met one other walker. It was fantastic. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/2389/
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Picture: The cliffs of Lugmore
 
Al on Mweelrea, 2008
by Al  17 Jul 2008
Surprised to see no description of the horseshoe walk from the delphi centre so will add one! Started off from the centre carpark last saturday through the wood heading directly for the peak of Derreennawinshin. As soon as we left the road we were struggling with the terrain, it is a pain to say the least, numerous bottles of apples the night before didn't help! After half an hour we were up and our curses changed to oooooos and aaaaaaas as we looked across killary harbour toward the bens and turks and then out toward the mouth of the fjord at the islands and beaches. A sharp right turn and we set our sights on Mweelrea. Coming down off Derreennawinshin is no more enjoyable than going up, knee high grass in places that just wants to put you on your face. The terrain improves once you start up again from the col and besides one small level ground respite it's a sharp enough pull all the way to the top. Down off Mweelrea we came and skirting around south of Benbury we reached the tops of the Lugmores. The views north were as impressive as those south with the huge drop down to the valley floor and croagh patrick and the mountains of achill in the distance. picking the eastern most spur of lugmore east top we descended directly toward the delphi centre. On reaching the grass line the going got tough again but with the end in sight we ploughed on. 6 hours start to finish, one of the best circuits in the country! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/3227/
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Access details for west side
by ciaranc  5 Jan 2011
Just a little more detail for access to the quick and easy way up Mweelrea from the west

From the road to silver strand (the last road in Mayo), park by the pink house at the Cul de Sac (just a T shape, really) sign. There's a pile of gravel there just now, but this may not last. Ignore the gate into the field but instead go up the farm track towards Mweelrea (trees and then a shed on your left). The track ends at a gate; once through the gate you're on open ground all the way to Mweelrea.

The west side is enormously simpler than the other approaches, but also less dramatic. With two kids (10 and 12) we were up and down in 3.5 hours; fast walkers would do it in 2 to 2.5. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/6191/
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seaniewan on Mweelrea, 2003
by seaniewan  8 Jul 2003
If you are taking the approach from behind the Adventure Centre in Delphi and you plan to follow the course of the river, make sure that you stay close to the river bank. Otherwise you will get bogged down! It is tempting to proceed as the crow flies to reach the first ascent but not advisable as we learned on saturday last. This is a trully remarkable range with Killary on one side and Doolough on the other. Views of the Atlantic make it even more spectacular. Highly recommended. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/581/
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Picture: Crossing from Ben Bury to Mweelrea as cloud closes in.
Brilliant Mountain, But Demands Respect
by Aidy  24 Jun 2017
I found Mweelrea to be a magnificent mountain, dramatic, rugged, and with amazing views. I would definitely recommend ascending from the Doo Lough side to take in the Ben Lugmore tops and Ben Bury to make the most of the scenery. Our walk did however serve as a reminder that the Irish mountains, particularly one such as Mweelrea, can be dangerous.

I normally walk alone due to all the stop/starting and diversions for photographs, but this time I had two companions with me - both fit and healthy ( and much younger than me!). By the time we got to Ben Lugmore however, one of them was seriously struggling. I don't know if it was a fitness problem or if he was coming down with something, but he started to slow to a snail's pace, and began having severe pain in his legs. He wanted to push on, and it seemed to be a similar distance no matter which way we went at this stage, but progress was painfully slow, and by the time we got to Mweelrea he was in a bad way. All we could do was walk slowly with him, with plenty of stops, and I had already given him my hiking poles to see if that helped.

We abandoned the idea of going over the SE Spur and Teevnabinnia, to get to flatter ground, but it became clear that we wouldn't be getting out before dark. As we reached the valley floor, aiming for a forest track which led out to the road, he was actually starting to hallucinate and shiver, even though the weather was extremely mild. Luckily, as I knew Mweelrea was a serious mountain I had spare warm clothes and a foil emergency blanket, and we sat and let him rest for a couple of hours, giving him plenty of water and high energy food.

Eventually he recovered enough to undertake the last stretch, albeit extremely slowly, and we made our way out in darkness - again thankfully I had a GPS and torches.

A reminder, that on a mountain like this, no matter how good the conditions, it is better to well prepared, and maybe to carry that little bit of extra gear. I have to admit, I always felt half embarrassed at carrying foil blankets etc in the little Irish mountains, but I'll always have one on me from now on!

Brilliant mountain though despite everything. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/19575/
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Picture: Heading in towards Mweelrea via the Ramp
 
Peak the highest mountain in Mayo and Connacht
by Liamgavin  3 Jan 2018
Mweelrea Mountain (Cnoc Maol Réidh) is the highest mountain in Connaught (814m), rising from the bowels of wild Atlantic seascape in dramatic upland ruggedness. The mountain offers one of the finest panoramic views in Ireland on a good day although often shrouded in mist and mystery, the walk is always best undertaken with a guide. This year the walk will commence on the North shore of Doolough and through the gap in the loughs to the natural Ramp path amid house sized boulders. The airy glacial cliff edges pitch steadily to the first peak of Ben Bury, then skirting the horseshoe to the exposed summit. The narrow split ridge leads north eastward with surges of long and sometimes steep declines onto Tonatleva hill and a benign forest track guiding us tea-wards and bun-bound to the fabulous Delphi valley. (15km track with 1,120m total climb). Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/19826/
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