Nephin 806m mountain, North Mayo Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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Nephin Mountain Néifinn A name in Irish
(Ir. Néifinn [OSI], poss. 'sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Quartzites and psammitic schists. Bedrock

Height: 806m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 23/31 Grid Reference: G10347 07975
Place visited by 323 members. Recently by: TommyV, Grumbler, philmchale, therealcrow, John.geary, GSheehy, briankelly, mgriffin, Roswayman, maszop, glencree, Niamhq, arderincorbett, strangeweaver, daveevangibbons
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Longitude: -9.368351, Latitude: 54.01328 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,  Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510316 807984,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Nephin, 10 char: Nephin
Bedrock type: Quartzites and psammitic schists., (Nephin Formation)

Nephin is a problematic name and few sources venture an interpretation. It is mentioned as one of the twelve great mountains of Ireland in Cath Maige Tuired (The Second Battle of Moyturra), where it is called Nemthenn. This is suggestive of nemeton, a Gaulish term for a sacred clearing in a wood or sacred grove. The word recurs throughout the Celtic world, from the Galatian Drunemeton ('sacred oak-grove' in modern Turkey) to Nemetobriga in Spain and Aquae Arnemetiae, the sacred spring at Buxton in Derbyshire. The Old Irish fidnemed refers to a shrine in a forest. [Barry Cunliffe, The Ancient Celts]. There seem to be no survivals of traditions connected directly with Nephin to confirm this. However, Nephin's much lower neighbour Tristia (322m, 4km to the NW) was the site of Lughnasa celebrations until recent times [Máire MacNeill]. Glen Nephin is the only example of an Irish glen (apparently) named after the mountain overlooking it. Walks: for a route to the summit from the E, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 69.   Nephin is the highest mountain in the North Mayo area and the 37th highest in Ireland. Nephin is the second highest point in county Mayo.

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bryanmccabe on Nephin, 2009
by bryanmccabe  1 Feb 2009
Climbed Nephin on 31/1/09. Parked at the entrance to Pruglish forest, to the SW of the mountain, walked up past the farmhouse and along the edge of the forest, under the pylons. At the end of the forest, we crossed a stile and veered slightly left to pick up the mountain shoulder at a low level. It is quite a distance from the forest to the summit (about 3km). The cloud level was about 400m, so it was very difficult to know how far we had left to go, with all the false tops along the way. Once we reached about 650m, the gradient became very mild and there were plenty of snow patches at that level. We stayed no more than 1 minute at the trig station as we were exposed to a bitter east wind. On the way down, we retraced our steps to about 650m and then took a southerly route off the mountain to meet up with a minor road leading to the road running NE/SW on the south of the mountain. This involved a steep descent over slippy peat. Once below cloud level, the views over Lough Beltra and Clew Bay were spectacular.
In terms of physical effort, Nephin is relatively straight forward for an 800m+ mountain. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3553/
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simon3 on Nephin, 2005
by simon3  16 Jan 2005
The isolated mountain central on the pic is Nephin 806m, with Lough Conn in the background.
The Nephin Begs start to the left of the pic with Knockaffertagh at about 8 o'clock from Nephin. Beltra Lough is at about 5 o'clock with snow on Croaghmoyle at the right of the pic. A windfarm at Lenanavea ridge to the right (east) of Croaghmoyle above a dark green patch of forest is just visible as five white dots.

This picture comes to us from Brendan Walsh who took it from a plane en-route to the other side of the Atlantic. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/1422/
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Picture: Near the summit of Nephin
Colin Murphy on Nephin, 2008
by Colin Murphy  8 Dec 2008
Parked at Grid ref 083 052 A (close to rmilne’s suggestion), at the entrance to what is now a new conifer plantation on the west side of the R312. As we were about to set off, an elderly farmer pulled up and hailed us, two dogs yapping frenziedly in the back of his 4 wheel drive. We approached nervously and listened as he informed us we were about to cross his land. To our relief the kindly gentleman told us not to cross the fence and ditch adjacent to where we were as ‘we’d tear our accoutrements’ on the barbed wire fence and bramble-filled ditch. Instead he directed us about 300 metres north along the road where we would find a gate leading to a grasy track which continued a bit up the mountain before vanishing into heathery hillside. Thanking him we took his advice and enjoyed a fairly straightforward ascent north east along a ridge (which narrows to about 20m at one point) to a snow-capped Nephin. No views unfortunately but the white-carpeted top made up for it. 2 hours up in a cold wind, 1 hour 15 mins down. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3471/
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Jamessheerin on Nephin, 2008
by Jamessheerin  9 Aug 2008
Jamessheerin- I was on Nephin yesterday and was devastated by the amount of damage done to the mountain since I was last up there - I am referring to the cairns littering the hillside, 15+ on the SW slope alone; and the sign writing antics - people spelling their initials with rocks on the ground! The sign writing might be expected on Croagh Patrick which attracts all sorts, but it was shocking to see it here. This is an environmental CRIME! The proliferation of cairns on Nephin (and most Western mountains) is evidence of an increasing aspect of hillwalking - environmental ignorance and gross stupidity! The only cairn that should be on any mountain is the one that is shown on the map! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3264/
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Picture: Cold summit
 
Big-Foot on Nephin, 2009
by Big-Foot  4 Jan 2009
Climbed Nephin 2nd Jan 2009, parking the car at Donieg's start point. Ideal location to park when climbing from the South West side.
We had clear, dry weather with no wind where we parked the car, but as Donieg also mentioned, when we reached about 680m, it was not only a different day, it was a different climate!
When we were finally fully exposed to the easterly wind, it felt like something Tom Crean would have been more used to. Freezing fog, actual flying pieces of ice (maybe hail-stones, I couldn't see as my glasses had a layer of ice beginning to form on them), and a wind-chill like you wouldn't believe. All my water froze solid up there! It was at least -5oC, but it felt 10 lower still.
While our visibility was very low, the strange ice formations on all the rocks (and on us) make this climb on of the more enjoyable and certainly the most memorable I have completed in quite a while.
With proper clothing and GPS points to follow, this mountain is relatively safe, even in mid-winter conditions. Well worth the effort to climb Nephin, and highly recommended. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3503/
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Picture: View from Nephin towards Lough Conn
Anything but dull ...
by osullivanm  23 Apr 2012
Having read the many comments on Nephin, we decided to take the route as described by Harry Goodman happy in the knowledge that we were welcome to take this route. We climbed Nephin on Friday 20/4/2012 and our experience was almost identical to that described by Harry. We met the friendly farmer and his wife (preceded by a slighly frightening approach by their eight dogs) and were assured that we were very welcome to climb Nephin and were directed to the stiles he had put in place for walkers.
It was a remarkably sunny day which made for great views during the whole c. 800m ascent , culminating in a 360 degree panoramic view at the top. After a leisurely descent we had a lovely chat with the farmer who was tending the many sheep and lambs (including three black ones) around the farmhouse. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/6786/
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