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Mourne Mountains Area , W: Spelga Subarea
Feature count in area: 58, all in Down, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29, EW-CLY
Highest Place: Slieve Donard 849m

Starting Places (33) in area Mourne Mountains:
Alex Steddom Tree, Aughrim Airstrip, Ben Crom Dam, Bloody Bridge Car Park, Carlingford Greenway, Carrick Little, Crocknafeola Wood, Crotlieve Mountain, Donard Car Park Newcastle, Drummanmore Picnic, Fofanny Reservoir, Forest Office CP, Gamekeepers Lodge CP, Happy Valley Trassey Rd, Hen Mountain CP, Leitrim Lodge CP, Mayo Road Corner, Meelmore Lodge, Newcastle Harbour, Ott CP, Red Bog Road, Rourkes Park, Sandy Brae, Silent Valley Reservoir Head Rd, Slieve Donard Trail Head, Slieve Foye Viewing Point, Slievefoy Forest CP, Spelga Dam E, Spelga Dam N, Spelga Dam S, Trassey Car Park, Two Mile River CP, Yellow Water Park

Summits & other features in area Mourne Mountains:
Cen: Loughshannagh: Ben Crom 526m, Carn Mountain 585.2m, Carn Mountain North Top 553.7m, Doan 592.6m, Ott Mountain 526.8m, Slieve Loughshannagh 617m, Slieve Muck 670.4m, Slievenaglogh 445m
E: Binnian: Slieve Binnian 745.9m, Slieve Binnian East Top 639m, Slieve Binnian North Top 678m, Slieve Binnian North Tor 682.5m, Wee Binnian 460m
E: Donard: Chimney Rock Mountain 656m, Crossone 540m, Millstone Mountain 460m, Rocky Mountain 524m, Slieve Donard 849m
E: Lamagan: Cove Mountain 654.8m, Slieve Beg 595.9m, Slievelamagan 702.2m
N: Bearnagh: Slieve Bearnagh 739m, Slieve Bearnagh North Tor 680m, Slieve Meelbeg 701.9m, Slieve Meelmore 687m
N: Castlewellan: Slievenalargy 280m, Slievenaslat 272m
N: Commedagh: Slieve Commedagh 767m, Slieve Corragh 641.9m, Slievenaglogh 584.4m, Slievenaglogh East Top 571m
N: Croob: Cratlieve 429m, Slieve Croob 534m, Slievegarran 391m, Slievenisky 446m
N: Rathfriland: Knockiveagh 235m
S: Kilkeel: Knockchree 306m
S: Rostrevor: Crenville 460m, Finlieve 578m, Slievemartin 485m, Slievemeel 420m, Slievemeen 472m
W: Hilltown: Gruggandoo 382m, Slieveacarnane 296m
W: Slievemoughanmore: Crotlieve Mountain 347m, Eagle Mountain 638m, Rocky Mountain 404m, Shanlieve 626m, Slievemoughanmore 560m, Tievedockaragh 473m, Wee Slievemoughan 428m
W: Spelga: Butter Mountain 500m, Cock Mountain 504m, Cock Mountain South-West Top 505m, Hen Mountain 354m, Pigeon Rock Mountain 534m, Pigeon Rock Mountain South Top 530m, Slievenamiskan 444m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Slievenamiskan, 444m Hill Sliabh Meascáin A name in Irish,
Place Rating ..
, Down County in Ulster province, in Carn Lists, Slievenamiskan is the 756th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference J25933 27214, OS 1:50k mapsheet 29
Place visited by: 137 members, recently by: Carolineswalsh, Alanjm, childminder05, abcd, Paddym99, garybuz, ElaineM76, Kirsty, Oscar-mckinney, Jai-mckinney, TommyMc, annem, leader1, cmcv10, abptraining
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -6.071634, Latitude: 54.178469, Easting: 325933, Northing: 327214, Prominence: 39m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 725882 827219
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Slvnms, 10 char: Slvnmskn

Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/641/
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Summary for Slievenamiskan (Sliabh Meascáin): A fine view point for Spelga Dam.
Summary created by Harry Goodman 2011-10-24 11:17:20
            MountainViews.ie picture about Slievenamiskan (<em>Sliabh Meascáin</em>)
Picture: View down to a frozen Spelga Dam
Park off the B27, on NE side where the Mourne Way crosses the road A (J260 280). There is room for one car to pull off the road. Alternatively if more parking space is required use the Spelga Dam car park B (J267 273) and walk down the road SW for 1k to the start point A (J260 280). Cross the road and go down the short rough track to cross a sturdy metal bridge over the infant River Bann. Once across go directly S up the slope for about 750m over heather and some rocky out crops to the top, marked by a cairn of stones, from where there is a splendid view down to Spelga Dam. For a little variety to the outward route descend NE to pick up a fence around C (J263 273). Turn left (N) and follow the fence down to the river bank. Turn left and contour along back to the bridge and the start point. This is a hill that would seldom be climbed in its own right. Most walkers would use it as an access route to Cock Mt about 700m to the SW. Indeed a short but rewarding circuit is to start as above, climb Slievenamiskin, then go SW to Cock Mt before going down NW to Hen Mt, From Hen Mt drop down NE to pick up the Mourne Way at around D (J250 280). Turn right and follow the way markers back to the bridge and start point.
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Member Comments for Slievenamiskan (Sliabh Meascáin)

Two for the price of one
by hbowman1 10 Apr 2011
I climbed this mountain for the first time recently. I started off at the sand bank road car park, before Leitrim Lodge, walked up the lane opposite car park before coming to a gate. After coming through the gate, I turned left and headed toward Hen mountain. The rocky tors provide a nice frame for a photo of Rocky mountain and also afford good views toward wee Slievemoughan, Slievemoughanmore, Eagle mountain and Shanlieve. Thereafter I crossed pathless terrain toward Cock mountain and Slievenamiskan. The gradient is a bit steep is places but eventually in the middle of the ridge between the two mountains very fine views open up of Spelga Dam and of the mountains from Meelmore to Slieve Muck. Having climbed Slieve Muck, Pigeon Rock, Slievemoughanmore, I think Slievenamiskan is probably the best viewpoint to study the reservoir from given its proximity to the reservoir and views of other mountains. The advantage of taking this route is that it is possible to climb Slievenamiskan and Cock mountain in a very short time span: two for the price of one. Similar to Eagle and Shanlieve. After climbing Cock mountain, I descended toward the valley between Cock mountain and wee Slievemoughan. After lunch I headed up wee Slievemoughan. This was my first time on the mountain. From the summit Spelga Dam is hidden from sight but it is possible to see Butter mountain and Slieveloughshannagh in the distance. Thereafter I joined the path between Hen and Cock on one side and Rocky mountain on the other, heading back toward the car park. The full walk took 2.75 hours. The highlights were the views from Hen toward the western Mournes and the views of Spelga from Slievenamiskan and Cock. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/641/comment/6298/
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            MountainViews.ie picture about Slievenamiskan (<em>Sliabh Meascáin</em>)
Picture: Slievnamiskan standing guard over Spelga Dam
paulocon on Slievenamiskan
by paulocon 23 Jul 2009
Slievenamiskan provided a gentle start to our Spelga Dam circuit. The mountain is accessed by a small footbridge crossing Northern Ireland's longest riber, the River Bann (we hopped the wall just down from the house beside the dam) and it's heathery rock-covered slopes got the heart-rate up during the short walk to the summit. From here, there are good views across to Hen and Cock Mountains. The summit doesn't offer a whole lot but it's an excellent starting point for a circuit of the dam. From Slievenamiskan, we quickly made our way across to nearby Cock Mountain. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/641/comment/3948/
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            MountainViews.ie picture about Slievenamiskan (<em>Sliabh Meascáin</em>)
Picture: The view northeast over the reservoir at Spelga.
Slippy slopes!
by csd 25 Oct 2010
I started where the Mourne Way crosses the Spelga Pass road; there isn't really anywhere suitable to park here so it probably wasn't the best idea. There's a handy bridge across the river, and then it's straight up the steep and very slippy northern flanks of Slievenamiskan (careful here, especially if coming down this way). Note that the dam itself is out of bounds, if coming back this way, you must cross downstream of it. My picture is taken looking towards paulocon's vantage point.

There's no trig pillar at the summit, so I took a reading at what I estimated to be the highest point. Even the summit is quite a boggy place, so gaiters are advised! Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/641/comment/6150/
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            MountainViews.ie picture about Slievenamiskan (<em>Sliabh Meascáin</em>)
Picture: Spelga Reservoir from summit
Dam fine
by Colin Murphy 5 Jul 2021
Followed Harry Goodman's excellent directions to bag this summit. One minor point - the 'sturdy bridge' is now in a bad state of repair and a large section of the concrete is missing. Still, with the Bann very low in the summer, it would be easy enough to descend to the river and hop cross. The initial bit of the route was very steep, but firm underfoot, the gradient easing a little only at around 370m. The summit itself is fairly well defined and has great views over the Spelga Reservoir & Dam. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/641/comment/23203/
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