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East Mayo Area   NW: Nephin Subarea
Place count in area: 15, OSI/LPS Maps: 23, 24, 31, 32 
Highest place:
Nephin, 806m
Maximum height for area: 806 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 778 metres,

Places in area East Mayo:
E: Charlestown Hills:   Knock Hill 213mMullaghanoe 234m
N: Foxford Hills:   Carranarah 197mGortnadrehy 143m
NW: Nephin:   Cuilkillew 130mNephin 806mTristia 322m
NW: Pontoon Hills:   Crucknaree 297mFarbreiga 395mKnockaglana 154m
S: Kiltimagh Hills:   Rush Hill 197mSlieve Carn 262m
W: Croaghmoyle:   Burren 396mCroaghmoyle 430mMuckanagh Hill 220m

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Nephin Mountain Néifinn A name in Irish (Ir. Néifinn [OSI], poss. 'sanctuary' [PDT]) Mayo County in Connacht Province, 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 380 members. Recently by: GerSomers, andalucia, FiachDubh, keith.dillon, jimmel567, Oscar-mckinney, Carolyn105, TimmyMullen, mlmoroneybb, jackill, Dessie1, joreidy, elizauna, Pear, ryanguinness10
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Longitude: -9.368335, Latitude: 54.013253 , Easting: 110347, Northing: 307975 Prominence: 778m,  Isolation: 3.5km,   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 East 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 (<i>Néifinn</i>) in area East Mayo, Ireland
Picture: Nephin from the Nephin Begs.
 
Great views - steady, long climb on isolated, landmark mountain in NW Mayo
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, simon3, paddyhillsbagger  15 Dec 2022
Nephin is a conical, stand-alone mountain in the E Nephins with a steady, steep and long climb. In cloud watch out for steep ground on all approaches. Great views over L. Conn, Nephins, Clew Bay and C. Patrick. There are access issues on the E side so best avoid this until rectified.
SW. Start at G08273 05257 starA[parking and easy access to the hillside after forest ends]. Cross 2 fences and head just N of E, hitting the ridge at G08990 05560 starB - then follow a sporadic path most of the way up. The short heather and grass eventually cedes to a stony slope, cairned to the top. There is steep ground around the summit so be wary in fog. Alternatively start at G08714 04373 starC, going through a gate to a farm. Ask permission to proceed and if granted (no dogs) use the thoughtfully provided stiles to start climbing. Aim for the ridge again at G08990 05560 starB [2 hrs]
N. Park in layby G10899 10381 starD. Cross the fence here and follow the stream (not marked on MV map) uphill with the slope increasing as you ascend. Alternatively, take forest tracks up to G10604 09991 starE and follow directions given in track/3768. [1.5 to 2 hrs]
SE. There is a potential route from G11912 05803 starF but there are access issues as of Dec 22 so best avoided for now.
With a prominence of 778m Nephin is 7th most prominent in Ireland. Uniquely for a high prominence summit, N's isolation (the distance to another MV summit) is 3.4km compared to .4 to 2 for others.
Natable tracks incl track/3768, track/1544 and track/2755. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/36/comment/4796/
 
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A very pleasant surprise .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Nephin (Néifinn))
 
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Climbed 26.3.05. Was going to follow route descri .. by gerrym   (Show all for Nephin (Néifinn))
 
Climbed Nephin on 31/1/09. Parked at the entrance .. by bryanmccabe   (Show all for Nephin (Néifinn))
 
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