Route to Dromavally Mountain starting (with permission) from a track beginning at Q614 053
Crazy wind meant that my intended route; the Brandon ridge south from Brandon itself to Gearhane, starting and finishing in Ballybrack, was not feasible - though I could have lived with being blown up Brandon by a westerly gale, the ridge itself, and particularly Brandon Peak, did not appeal.
Hence plan B; the wind was a little north of west, so I needed to find a hill with an approach roughly from the southeast. There are a few approaches to Dromavally, one from the southeast mentioned by Colin Murphy on the hill page starts at the track mentioned. The track heads northwards towards the col between Dromavally and Knocknakilton. Keeping Dromavally between me and the wind, I headed left off the track at about 270m in order to avoid the wind gusting through the col and climbed the grassy slope, ducking from side to side as the wind sheered around the slope, before emerging after a number of false tops, about 50 hard won metres from the cairn. I half-crawled and half-stumbled those last few metres, but hey-ho...another day, another hill.