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Nephin Begs Area , NW: Slieve Carr Subarea
Feature count in area: 28, all in Mayo, OSI/LPS Maps: 22, 23, 30, 31, CBW, EW-ACC, EW-WNN, EW-WNS
Highest Place: Slieve Carr 721m

Starting Places (24) in area Nephin Begs:
Altnabrocky Adirondack Shelter, Bellanaderg Bridge, Brogan Carroll Bothy, Bunnahowna Bridge, Bunnahowna River, Burrishoole Loop, Cloondaff Church, Deel River, Furnace Lough E, Glasheens River, Glendahurk Bridge, Glennamong Bridge, LFeeagh E Treenbeg Cottage, LFeeagh E Treenbeg School Ruin, Lough Avoher Hut, Lough Feeagh, Lough Gall NW Mayo, Loughanawillan Loughs Track, Mulranny Post Office, R312 Boghadoon, R312 Prughlish, Srahduggaun, Tarsaghaunmore River, Wild Nephin Wilderness

Summits & other features in area Nephin Begs:
Cen: Glennamong: Bengorm 582m, Bengorm NW Top 468m, Corranabinnia 716m, Corranabinnia SW Top 687m, Glennamong 628m, Glennamong East Top 415m, Tirkslieve 401m
Cen: Nephin Beg: Aroher Hill 285m, Lettertrask 279m, Nephin Beg 627m, Nephin Beg South Top 410m
E: Birreencorragh: Birreencorragh 698m, Birreencorragh South Top 564m, Birreencorragh West Top 551m, Buckoogh 588m, Bullaunmore 388m, Knockaffertagh 517m, Mount Eagle 427m, Srahmore 186m, Srahrevagh North 282m
NW: Slieve Carr: Bunmore 243m, Sheeanmore 282m, Slieve Alp 329m, Slieve Carr 721m, Tawnyanruddia 531m
SW: Maunthomas: Claggan Mountain NE Top 501m, Maumthomas NE Top 440m, Maumthomas SW Top 477m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Slieve Alp, 329m Hill Sliabh Ailp A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Sliabh Ailp [logainm.ie], 'mountain of the lump'), Slieve Walp, Mayo County in Connacht province, in Binnion Lists, Slieve Alp is the 1099th highest place in Ireland. Slieve Alp is the second most northerly summit in the Nephin Begs area.
Grid Reference F86587 13152, OS 1:50k mapsheet 23
Place visited by: 12 members, recently by: Geo, Wilderness, eamonoc, Fergalh, GSheehy, Garmin, frankmc04, chalky, turfymccloud, Younghappy, osullivanm, simon3
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Longitude: -9.732501, Latitude: 54.055162, Easting: 86587, Northing: 313152, Prominence: 194m,  Isolation: 3.4km
ITM: 486565 813167,   Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvAlp, 10 char: Slieve Alp
Bedrock type: Banded, graded and X-bedded quartzites., (Bangor/Corslieve Formation)
Notes on name: This ambitiously named hill lies west of Slieve Carr. 'Alp' means a lump or protuberance and has the same origin as the Alps of Central Europe according to P.W. Joyce. There is a cairn at the summit. The link with the Alps goes further, even if it is a only link of the imagination: a stirring tale recounted by Geoffrey Keating in his Foras Feasa ar Éirinn (History of Ireland, ca. 1634) and also by Duald Mac Firbis in the Genealogies, Tribes and Cusoms of Hy-Fiachrach (1650) tells of the voyage to the continent of King Dathi of Connacht, the last pagan king of Ireland, in order to avenge the death of Niall of the Nine Hostages. He dies in AD 427 when struck by lightning on Sliabh Ealpa (taken to be the Alps). His army, led by his son Amalgaid, fights a number of battles to bring his body back to Ireland to be buried in the Releg of Cruachan. The places in Europe mentioned in this account were identified by Sir Samuel Ferguson, but Hubert Knox, author of the History of the County of Mayo, rightly doubts its historicity. Instead he suggests that Sliabh Ealpa where Dathi died was not the Alps, but rather Slieve Alp near Ballycroy, and that the tale of the invasion of the Roman Empire was an inspired piece of fantasy concocted by somebody unaware of [or deliberately ignoring] the existence of Slieve Alp in Mayo. The association of Dathi with this part of Mayo may be confirmed by the presence of a cairn named Laghtdauhybaun on Slieve Carr and Lough Dahybaun near Bellacorick [Knox, 25-26]. The moral of the story is: make sure you say your prayers if you don't want to be struck by lightning when climbing Slieve Alp!
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Gallery for Slieve Alp (Sliabh Ailp) and surrounds
Summary for Slieve Alp (Sliabh Ailp): Grand title, good views, little challenge.
Summary created by simon3 2012-04-22 19:47:41
            MountainViews.ie picture about Slieve Alp (<em>Sliabh Ailp</em>)
Picture: View of Slieve Alp from Slieve Carr.
This summit can be reached most easily from the minor road at TarSagMor (F85390 15197) for a round trip of about 2 hours. There is a private bridge here. Ask permission of anyone you see and in particular at the house that the bridge leads to and note that this is a sheep farm so dogs or large parties are most unlikely to be welcome.
Reaching the summit is straightforward. See Track 1546.
It would also be possible to reach Slieve Alp, which is half in the Ballycroy National Park, from the Bangor Trail starting at either end.

Views from the top are spectacular, including much of Achill, with a toblerone view of Slievemore, and much of the southern and western Nephin Begs, particularly Slieve Carr from which it is only 5k
The intriguingly grand claim of its name is perhaps not justified, nevertheless the locals do indeed call it Slieve Alp without a hint of irony!
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Member Comments for Slieve Alp (Sliabh Ailp)

            MountainViews.ie picture about Slieve Alp (<em>Sliabh Ailp</em>)
Picture: View to the West and South.
Views and atmosphere.
by simon3 22 Apr 2012
We invite you to share this view west from Slieve Alp. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/925/comment/6781/
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            MountainViews.ie picture about Slieve Alp (<em>Sliabh Ailp</em>)
Picture: Alpine bridge.
Suspension bridge to the local Alps.
by simon3 22 Apr 2012
The unusual foot bridge over the Tarsaghaunmore River. Vehicular access is by way of a rough ford useable when the water level is low.
Ask permission when using this bridge. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/925/comment/6780/
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            MountainViews.ie picture about Slieve Alp (<em>Sliabh Ailp</em>)
Picture: Stony Cairn
A stony summit, but not alpine
by Geo 12 Jun 2023
After I had ascended the dizzying heights of nearby Sheannmore I took this one on from the delightful little gorge at approximately A (F881 125), with a relatively straightforward climb north west then following the spur westerly as it changes direction. No major obstacles, a few minor peat hags half way up and some stony ground at and near the top. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/925/comment/23989/
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