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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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Great views, easy long climb on isolated, iconic .. by group   (Show all for Nephin)
Four Sides .. by Gazelle   (Show all for Nephin)
Update on Harry Goodman .. by mcrtchly   (Show all for Nephin)
A very pleasant surprise .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Nephin) Picture about mountain Nephin in area North Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Nephin from Knockffertagh in Nephin Begs
gerrym on Nephin, 2006
by gerrym  1 Jan 2006
Climbed 26.3.05. Was going to follow route described in "Walk Guide west of Ireland" but this was shrouded in mist with wind coming from E. The sun was breaking through on the W side so I tried my luck and parked at a layby at 109104 C and approached from the N. There is a gate and bog track leading onto the hill but also a No Trespassing sign so I crossed the fence at the layby and followed the stream uphill. This is through high gorse bushes with thier bright yellow flowers. As the banks of the stream steepen cross to the L and make for a fence climbing the rise. Continue on when the fence ends and eventually the steep bowl of the N corrie comes into view. there is now a steep pull up the W side of the corrie, initially on heather but rockier when gain ridge proper. This is a nice walk with steep slopes either side and the steep walls of the corrie for company. Fantastic views as climb with the waters of Lough Conn dominating the view E as clouds floating over below. To the N and W were the vast flat areas of brown bog , broken only by the contrast of forestry plantations. In the distance the cooling tower of Bellacorick power station (disused ?) rose like an ancient castle. To the W the summit of Glencar just peaked out from a mass of cloud. As reach the top of the ridge there are a couple of small cairns and then a broad stoney area, with further small cairns at intervals guiding the way to the summit trig point. There are substancial remains of a stone structure just to the E of the trig point which I assume are related to sheep farming ? the views from the top were breath taking as all cloud had melted away to blue skies. There was still some cloud in the valleys around but glimpes of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick to the S came and went and the Nephin Beg mountains and the distinct dome of Slievemore on Achill. Met a fellow walker at the trig point basking in the sun and trying to take in the massive views. Had the pleasure of his company as came down the W side of the corrie - some areas of scree and then slippery heather. Meet up with stream that followed up and back down to where car was parked. Took 3 hours in all at leisurely pace and hit a perfect weather window as the mountain was covered in heavy cloud by the time had come down. I really enjoyed this walk and the great views that came with it. Not much scope for continuing a longer walk but with mountain areas within easy drive would be part of a good weekend - I continued on to the Nephin Begs. Trackback:
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Climbed Nephin on 31/1/09. Parked at the entrance .. by bryanmccabe   (Show all for Nephin)
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