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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
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Longitude: -9.368335, Latitude: 54.013253 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,  Isolation: 3.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 510317 807981,   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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Neiphin over Lough Conn (from Gortnor Abbey Pier, Crossmolina)
 
A wonderful experience
by keith_flynn  2 Jul 2010
I climbed Nephin June 25, 2010 for the third time following the third route I've tried (climbing along the south spur). Nephin is a tough walk no matter which side you come at it from, but it's always worth it. A wonderful experience...

I followed Harry Goodman's excellent directions (see entry for 8 Jun 2010), and I had to laugh because my experience was so similar to his description. We set off from the same gate, passed the same cottage, got greeted by the same eight dogs, chatted with the same farmer and his wife and got the exact same story about how welcome we were to cross the land along with some local advice on where to climb and where to find the stiles he had prepared for walkers... It was a wonderful feeling of mutual respect and appreciation between lovers of the outdoors and freedom. We walked away realising that it is this part of Irish culture that we need to cherish and encourage, as it is people like this farmer that will keep people coming back to this country forever. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/5913/
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rmilne on Nephin, 2004
by rmilne  13 Oct 2004
Climbed Nephin from the west in the mist on Friday 10 Sept. What was going to be a group of 3 expanded to a group of 12 as various students joined us after a conference. We parked at the large layby/entrance to forest harvesting at G08354 05073 A and crossed the fence a short distance up the road. Easy ascent, absorbed in various conversations. The ridge is very fine, but the rock is slippery when wet! 1hr 20 min and we were all on top. Curious stone spiral made by someone near the trig point. My gps reading for the summit was G10349 07973 B,
GPS useful for finding the initial way down!
photo of us all wet. I'm on the Yellow. Rob Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/1241/
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donieg on Nephin, 2008
by donieg  29 Dec 2008
Climbed Nephin to-day 29.12.2008, started off from G08354 05073 A where there is parking place just off the R312. If you walk north up the road a bit there is a place to enter over a roadside fence. The roads from the midlands to Nephin were a bit iffy with frost this morning as we drove, outside temperature guage showed 0 degrees when I parked at start. Conditions were lovely for walking until we climbed to 2199ft (G09794 07035 C) where visibility dropped to approx. 30yds and the wind chill was something else. From here to the trig point, the East wind combined with freezing fog made it a very interesting climb ( more like Siberia). Did not meet any other walkers, we did not hang about at the summit, a quick photo and back down to under 1500ft before stopping for refreshments. The views from under 2000ft after comming out of the freezing fog made it well worth the effort. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/3493/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: access gate R312
september 2010
by davidkilleen  28 Sep 2010
Thanks to Harry Goodman and others for their helpful comments. I climbed Nephin on Friday 24th September. I thought I would attach a photo showing the access gate to the mountain from R312.

I spoke to the farmer and he was very helpful in terms of directing me to the start of the climb. He also said that he was happy for people to access the mountian via his property as long as they close gates as they go.

The dogs weren't too bad by the way so don't be put off by them!

Great climb and absolutely wonderful views of much of Mayo. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/6116/
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Northern circuit
by concorde  6 Oct 2012
Northern Horseshoe climbed 5th Oct 12
Nephin has always been an attraction to me breaking the skyline in the southwest from my home in Sligo and it is far more interesting than Walk Guide West of Ireland gives it credit !
Having climbed Nephin by the more conventional route a few years ago , it was time for a revisit it from a new angle. Parking in the Caoilte Woods to the North at G1031410008 D we headed west along a track that led us out of the the western side opf the woods. The going was rough over heathery boggy ground before the ascent of the north western spur. This was a great walk for opening the tubes as the aspect was steep with many false tops. We used G1025008500 E
as a waypoint . The steep aspect meant we could legitimately stop to admire the unique views into the corrie , North east to the Bluestacks and Benbulbin and north west to belacorrig and nephin beg. We then descended the north east spur before crossing back to the woods at the entrance to the corrie. Often on these hikes one sees very few birds but we were gifted with views of a family of red grouse in flight, a disturbed woodcock , rolling ravens and a calling peregrine falcon ! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/14830/
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Picture: The bridge ridge
 
Less trodden path
by Fergal Meath  1 Oct 2017
Parked near the gate to the pump house (point D on the map). The route up the ridge on the right of the stream looked like a mud-fest, so I headed left up the heather and onto the ridge described by Helen Fairbairn's book. Initial going through the ferns was a bit rough but things quickly improved. The picture shows the ridge about half way up, that brings you between the two east facing gullies. Listen and look out for the waterfall plunging into the gully on your left. Finding your way back to the top of this ridge could be a bit tricky in poor visibility. There are two small cairns to show the way but you need to veer east off the summit ridge before you can see them. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/19735/
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