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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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mweelrea (<i>Maol Réidh</i>) in area Mweelrea, Ireland
Picture: Looking down on Killary Fjord
 
Spectacular series of dramatic landscapes
by Damian120  18 Jul 2021
It was a sultry and hot 27 degrees when my friend Martin and myself hiked up to Mweelrea from the Silver Strand side. So hot, we never thought we'd be tackling Mweelrea wearing T-shirts and shorts. It was heartening to encounter so many fellow hikers on the way up and heading down. With everyone commenting on the extraordinary views. As already outlined, through the rough farm track to the gate and head straight up to the large cluster of rocks. This approach avoids a lot of the boggy area which can be very wet. At the rocks you can start veering to the right which will bring you to the saddle between Ben Bury and Mweelrea. Follow the rough track to the summit and marvel at the astounding series of breath-taking scenery and vistas. It's difficult to take it all in. Marvellous views of Killary Fjord, Glassillaun Beach, Lettergesh Beach and the endless series of offshore islands. Many say this is the finest view in Ireland. it's hard to disagree. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/23208/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mweelrea (<i>Maol Réidh</i>) in area Mweelrea, Ireland
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). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/19826/
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pdtempan on Mweelrea, 2003
by pdtempan  23 Oct 2003
The southern slopes of Mweelrea seen across Killary Harbour. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/724/
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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. Linkback: 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. Linkback: 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.

Great stuff Captain Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/4527/
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