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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 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
Place visited by 816 members. Recently by: obrien116, joanmaryquinn, scottyplusone, Louise.Nolan, tmcg, SeanPurcell, TriHarder, Edmo, pcost, Brendanbarrett, caillin_deas, J_Murray, derekpkearney, KieranF, Carolyn105
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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 Mountains area and the 35th highest in Ireland. Mweelrea is the highest point in county Mayo.

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New Comment: Good, solid hike.
by caillin_deas  1 Oct 2020
Visited Mweelrea on Sept 27th '20. Approached from the West - started at a small trail at L76448 68822 G . I set a grid bearing of 120deg. Really boggy once you were in open mountain. Lots of little streams and places to sink in a bit. I'd advise gaiters for this hike on any day that hasn't seen only sunshine for a few weeks before. Quite a steep ascent to the col between 2 peaks L79298 67603 H - make sure not to get yourself on a very steep section or it'll just be stress trying not to slip.

Turn right when you get to the col and head up to the peak L78977 66813 I over a load of boulders. Plenty of scrambling about and keeping an eye out for the pretty steep drop off on the left!

There were a few paths here and there - some beside the river, some on the very last part before the peak. There was thick cloud cover over the peak and probably more than 2/3 of the way down the mountain - I'd suggest a compass, map and a pre-planned route if you're doing this one in poor visibility.

Overall, I enjoyed this hike. It was good navigation practice. The views over the bay were fabulous but I couldn't see anything once I got into the clouds so can't really comment on the view from the top! Took about 4.5hrs with plenty of little stops along the way. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/20907/
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Really enjoyed my ascent of this peak on 11 Sept .. by rmilne   (Show all for Mweelrea)
 
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My most recent ascent was 3 years ago. This was f .. by milo   (Show all for Mweelrea)
 
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