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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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Geo on Mweelrea, 2009
by Geo  11 Oct 2009
We had an easy walk to the summit from Ben Bury. But of course all the hard work was done on the "Ramp" to get to there. Thank goodness for a good day, because someone on the top said that only one day in three gives views, we got that one day. Superb views of all the mountain ranges of Mayo, Galway and further afield, as well as dainty little islands in the Atlantic. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/4195/
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Mighty dauntless
by YoungJohn  9 Aug 2018
Conquered yesterday 08.08.18. On my fourth attempt. Had to cancel previous attempts due to poor weather. My son and I parked at Delphi resort. Followed the yellow route to its end. Traversed rough grass with old forestry drains not helping. Scaled Mweelreas east spur. Found a couple of deep gullys hidden by the grass so be careful. We had a couple of showers but the day was good with good visibility. Mweelrea is a hard slog very steep and not for the faint hearted. Took us 7 hours in total from start to return along the same route. Scenery is spectacular and as fine as in the country. Use caution on this mountain. Well worth the visit and effort. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/20007/
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Picture: Looking out on the Atlantic from Mweelrea.
 
Connaughts highest
by TommyV  2 Nov 2018
This has to be possibly my favourite hike in Ireland. From Delphi Adventure Centre, follow the R335 North for about 2.5km. Turn left at the southern tip of Doo Lough at L84552 67113 A. From here it's a steep ascent North West to Ben Lugmore West Top. The hard work is rewarded with a phenomenal ridge walk to Ben Lugmore then over to Ben Bury. From here it's a small drop down South West to a col connecting Ben Bury and Mwleerea. One final ascent will bring you to the highest point in Connaught which surely deserves more to mark it's splendour than the small cairn at the top. The route home involves dropping down to Derreenanwinshin, before crossing some boggy ground to connect up with a forest track leading back to Delphi. This is one of my favourite hikes in Ireland. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/20176/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Mweelrea (<i>Maol Réidh</i>) in area Mweelrea, Ireland
Picture: Ben Bury (l) and Mweelrea.
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by simon3  20 Apr 2019
Ben Bury and Mweelrea form an impressive sight from Clare Island. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/20493/
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Beautiful
by scottyplusone  5 Aug 2021
Mweelrea, the first climb I have enjoyed. I climb with my son, who had just turned 6 at the time. We left on a beautiful warm September morning. We went up from Louisburgh side as recommended by a local who pointed out the exact route. Parking at the gate area and following the farmers road and then following the river to the top and then taking a right to the summit. It was just amazing. However we were lucky with the clear weather and it is clear how dangerous this mountain could be. We followed another party up and lost them on the way down. We were never in danger just a bit disorientated for a minute and got quickly back on track. The terrain would be difficult to navigate if poor weather or visibility, good boots are a must and good navigation skills. Its not a difficult climb, but it is a difficult terrain, one could easily trip or slip and twist an ankle. We had locals informed of our climb and time prior to leaving just in case.
But honestly one of the nicest mountains we have completed. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/23233/
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