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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: -9.368335, 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: 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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Starting point
damobreh on Nephin, 2008
by damobreh  30 Mar 2008
My starting point was as G 117 060 A on the south-east side of the mountain . I followed the Lugnamannaun river as far as it was possible and then climbed the east shoulder of the mountain.. Glorious weather today,good friday 2007. Initally the ground was soft/boggy but dry which makes it tiring on the way up but makes it easy to get down fast. It gradually turns to firmer/rockier ground about 2/3’s of the way up. Occasionally there are cairns for waypoints, which is helpful. Summit is large and flat with great 360 views. I expected to see other people climbing on such a good day but had whole mountain to myself! Took about 1 hr 45 mins to get up and about 50 mins to get down (I practically jogged as the footing was so good). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/2659/
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Terry on Nephin, 2003
by Terry  19 Mar 2003
What an unusual mountain to climb from any direction, possibly due to there being no nearby mountain to provide a reference point. Reminds me of an upsidedown jelly on a large plate. A taxing but enjoyable climb brings the reward of wonderful 360 degree views. Well worth a revisit, particularly if the weather is good. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/387/
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walker_hollick on Nephin, 2004
by walker_hollick  17 Jun 2004
Climbed from the southwest yesterday. There is a steep climb initially until you gain the shoulder
of the mountain, after that the gain in height is very gradual and marked by a very large number of
cairns. Although the weather in the rest of the country was apparently warm and sunny, on Nephin itself it was very windy and misty and fairly chilly. Mountains generate their own weather. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/994/
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oldsoldier on Nephin, 2009
by oldsoldier  20 Aug 2009
I have climbed and walked mountains on four continents and I can still be amazed and delighted, even after 39 years of mountaineering. On Tues 18 Aug 2009 I was in Mayo for a few days holidays and managed to get a walk on Nephin. Having struggled to the summit and counted the cairns, 21 in all, before the trig station rose up out of the clouds, one of the most exilerating feelings passed over me, absolute pleasure, akin to a drug I would imagine!.
I parked my car on the right hand side of the R312 at G08354 05073 B, thanks Donieg, walked back towardsCrossmolina for 100 metres or so, crossed the road and surmounted the fence under the first steel pylon I saw. Straight line to the top and the same back down. Horrible weather. Tracks in places but by following the ridge I managed to complete the walk without any technical aids. Did check GPS on summit. Super mountain and it rises from sea level. 1 hour 46 minutes up and 1 hour 10 minutes down with a lunch break just off the summit as soon as I could find cover. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/4025/
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Geo on Nephin, 2009
by Geo  29 Aug 2009
On Thursday the 27th August, Year of our Lord (AD to people who aren't so long-winded!) 2009, I took on the 36th challenge of my 100 highest list, namely Nephin. By cosy coincidence it is also the the 36th highest on the list! On the road up through the north Leinster counties the weather was a little drizzly but there was hope of better to come. Unfortunately by the time my walking buddy met me and we were crossing the north of the fair county of Roscommon, the cloud had thickened and hope was evaporating of a dry day. I would warn people, who like me approach this hill from Foxford that unless you have a good road map, or the local OS map you may find it hard to get to the car park on the R312. Of course, there is always the possibility that I'm better at navigating off-road than on it! We aimed to park at G08354 05073 B as per old soldier's comment, but drove past it a couple of hundred metres north and found a fortunate double gateway entering fields with a fence running upwards from the road at G08154 05489 C. This was a little further on than the pylon mentioned by the aforementioned oldsoldier and brought us quickly upwards over very rough pasture to another fence, easily crossed and then onto the mountain proper. By this stage the rain was belting down and the wind was howling. The only saving grace was the fact that it was on our backs. The first hour or so was the hardest, climbing up to crest after crest until we reached the top ridge and then it was a relatively easy (or might have been if the weather wasn't so dreadful) finish, up to the trig point, using the handy cairns along the way to find our way easily. Peripheral vision was non existant as hoods were up to keep the cold and wet out! On the top we found shelter a little ways from the summit in a little stone wall a couple of metres long, enough to let us enjoy a quick hot drink and a sambo, but considering it was August we started to get very cold and after 10 minutes needed to retreat off the mountain or we would become victims of exposure. One can never be prepared enough for an Irish hill, they can throw weather at you any time of year that is nothing short of Armageddon! The return down was fast with the slope behind us, and we were back at the car in about three and a half hours. And the moral of the story? Even just a single mountain bagging should not be ever taken lightly, always, always, be prepared! But I loved it, perhaps next time I'll get the weather to see the local sights! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/4060/
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