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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
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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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Sunday 17 April 2011 .. by jkforde   (Show all for Mweelrea) Picture about mountain Mweelrea in area Mweelrea Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Lough Bellawaum from col between Ben Bury and Mweelrea
A giant among mountains
by kernowclimber  20 Sep 2010
Six months ago the sight of Mweelrea, monstrous and glowering in icy majesty beneath leaden skies, was both intimidating and exhilarating, the sight seared into my memory after we made the agonising choice ‘to leave it for another time’ as the light was fading and we turned towards the Lugmore Ridge.

Here we were attempting Mweelrea again. There is no easy way to get to her, you have to be prepared to walk long and climb hard to attain the highest summit of Co. Mayo which makes this mountain somewhat special. We parked on the Dhulough Pass Road (L82845 69526 A) and walked across the narrow neck of land separating Doo Lough and Glencullin Lough, heading for the corrie below the jagged cliffs of Lugmore. The terrain was boggy, particularly as we approached the lip of the corrie. Keeping to the far left we avoided as much of the bog as possible to access the start of a series of grassy ledges at the back of the corrie (L81582 67622 B) that undulate upwards in a lung bursting climb to a col between Ben Bury and Ben Lugmore West Top.

The terrain is fiendish, very steep in places and a stony path only becomes evident near the top, but this is compensated for by magnificent views of the loughs in the valley below and the serpentine coils of the Sruhauncullinmore River meandering amid the bog in the corrie. Close to the top the path narrows and weaves precariously along the side of the cliffs with a steep drop; it’s not difficult to see why some might find the exposure intimidating, but a rope is unnecessary.

Reaching the col one is rewarded with scenery on an epic scale – the razor sharp edge of Lugmore Ridge sweeping down towards Lough Bellawaum and ahead, the enormous hulk of Mweelrea sitting imperiously above Killary Harbour and the Atlantic. The remainder of the climb to Mweelrea is easy after the ordeal of the corrie, passing over fairly benign terrain and by some interesting glacial erratics. At the summit, our eyes feasted on the beauty of small green fields flanked by yellow ribbons of sand and the endless Atlantic with myriad islands floating just offshore. The view extended as far north as Achill, the towering cliffs and cone of Croaghaun clearly visible and to the south, the edge of Roundstone Bog, the pools within glinting angrily like thousands of shards of glass. Inland, the Maumturks and the Twelve Bens huddled together like advancing armies.

After an hour savouring some of the finest scenery in Ireland, we followed the same route back. Plunged into shadow, the gaping corrie looked menacing and intimidating and the Dhulough Pass Road a long way down; care must be exercised on the steep descent. Doo Lough, burnished with the reflection of the Sheeffry Hills set ablaze by the setting sun provided a welcome beacon. As we crossed Hut Island we spied the moon rising between Ben Gorm and the Sheeffrys, its elemental reflection shimmering in the darkening waters of Doo Lough; a magical close to a memorable 14.5 km climb. Linkback:
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