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Mweelrea Area   W: Mweelrea Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, EW-CON, 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, also Muilrea an extra EastWest name in English (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 978 members. Recently by: atlantic73, JoHeaney, Deirdreb, Glengirl, RosieMc, farmerjoe1, jellybean, Nomad691, DeirdreM, Muscles1960, abbiew1001, kelleher, dolan931, rhw, purpleknight
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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: Mweelrea seen from Ben Lugmore
 
The high point of a steep-sided rugged massif - Connaught’s highest.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Colin Murphy, Harry Goodman, simon3, jackill, Pazapas  18 Aug 2023
Mweelrea, a flat-topped seaside summit, presents magnificent scenery but is a mt which must be treated with respect. In poor visibility good route choice and navigational skills are essential. Superb views incl Conemara, Sheffreys, C. Patrick and out to sea.

W. For the most direct albeit boggy approach, start at L76457 68831 starA and take a rough farm track E. At end, cross gate and head SE for 2km to a stream junction L77976 67639 starB. Keeping river on right continue up more steeply E to a col L79297 67599 starC and then go SSW up to the summit. [2.5 hrs]

NE. Park at the N end of Doo Lough L82800 69544 starD. Head SW and follow the Sruhauncullin stream up and into a large corrie. At approx. L81558 67631 starE take a broad grassy ramp up to the right - this is a steep traverse especially near top. Once out on the broad flat ridge go W and contour around the slopes of Ben Bury to the aforementioned col before heading up steeply SSW to the top. [3 hrs+]

E. Starting from the Delphi Activity Centre L839652 starF or beside the bridge at L84103 65155 starG. Follow the line of the Owennaglogh River west. Once beyond the forest go up SW to a col on the ridge above L80675 64893 starH and head NW to cross the minor top of Mweelrea SE Spur. Continuing NW descend to a high col and the start of steep ascent initially up NW and then due N around the rim of a deep corrie. [3 hrs+] A circuit is possible by heading back to start via Ben Bury and the Lugmores.

Notable tracks incl track/3592, track/1999 and track/4220 Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/34/comment/4794/
 
Really enjoyed my ascent of this peak on 11 Sept .. by rmilne   (Show all for Mweelrea (Maol Réidh))
 
Davy Spillane was playing in Matt Molloy’s “at” f .. by Bleck Cra   (Show all for Mweelrea (Maol Réidh))
 
My most recent ascent was 3 years ago. This was f .. by milo   (Show all for Mweelrea (Maol Réidh))
 
Photo taken looking from near the summit of Mweel .. by Sweeney   (Show all for Mweelrea (Maol Réidh))
 
A great circuit from north of Doo Lough down to t .. by djouce   (Show all for Mweelrea (Maol Réidh))
 
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