Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your computer to facilitate operation. Cookies help us provide a better service to you. They are used to track general user traffic information and to help the website function properly.

Click to hide this notice for 30 days.
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Overview
Detail
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.
Videos
Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

An Buaicín: Mighty views

New book from John G O'Dwyer

Sgurr an Fheadain: Fairy Mountain

Coastal Hills: 35 added for Kerry

Cuilcagh: Route from South

Sumitteering Brandon Peak via Brandon on a hard day.

Loughsalt Mountain: A popular attraction for quite a long time

Great views and a great name for your first summit after surgery

Cuilcagh: The Roof of the Border

Too beautiful for words...

An Cnoc Maol Mór: Easy summit overlooking Dingle

Only did it to log it - and it nearly did me!

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions and a privacy policy.
Read general information about the site.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk.
See the credits and list definitions.
Video display
David-Guenot: Track 3236 in area near Iorras Beag, South Connemara (Ireland)
Iorras Beag the easy way
Length: 6.9km, Creator time taken: 2h11m, Ascent: 335m,
Descent: 344m

Places: Start at L72403 39984, Iorras Beag, end at Start
Logged as completed by 2
This is a nice and easy walk up and down Iorras Beag from the lovely wee port of Roundstone. Best done under glorious weather, as the pics suggest. The ascent is gentle and the ground is firm most of the way. I had just arrived to Connemara and wanted to have a bit of warming up before tackling the Maumturks on the following days.
After reading markmjcampion's comment on Cashel Hill, I found the link below (from the same website) and decided to follow this route, which I highly recommend.
http://www.roundstone-connemara.com/styled-8/styled-36/styled-34/index.html
From the wee port of Roundstone, I followed the minor road straight uphill due W for about 1.5km and crossed a wooden fence where the road ends. The ascent starts gently from there, on a good path that peters out at some point. Still the route is straightforward. Looking back every now and then, you will see the views extend to the E as you gain height. The ground then becomes a bit steeper and rocky too, with a few crags. After a short pull-up, I made a first stop at pt. 252m.
Roundstone and the Twelve Bens, from pt. 252m, E of the summit.

From there it is an easy stroll to the main summit area, with views now opening over the Atlantic to the S.
Close to the summit, view S over Gurteen Bay and Dog's Bay.

As can be seen on the pic below, there are three contenders for the highest point, very close to each other, but the trig looks slightly higher. It is really worth visiting them all though, be it just for the different views they each have to offer.
Three contenders for the highest point - including the one I am standing on for this pic- but the trig wins.

The NE Top -from where the last three pics were taken- definitely has the best views (see last two pics). Like the other minor top -but unlike the main top- it has a substantial cairn.
View NE over the Twelve Bens. Taken from the same minor, cairn-topped contender as the previous and the next pics.

I then started my descent along the N slopes, where the ground is a bit more hard-going, and contoured the high ground to reach the grassy E slopes and retrace my steps back to the path and to the village.

View NW over the lake-strewn bogland, still from the same minor top.

A truly enjoyable walk, which could be easily done with kids, with a minimum of supervision needed as you reach the high ground, due to the few crags.

Uploaded on: Thu, 19 May 2016 (09:39:19)
Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/track/3236/  
To download GPS tracks you must be enrolled and logged in. See "Login or enrol", top right - quick and easy.

Note: ALL information such as Ascent, Length and Creator time taken etc should be regarded as approximate. The creator's comments are opinions and may not be accurate or still correct.
Your time to complete will depend on your speed plus break time and your mode of transport. For walkers: Naismith's rule, a rough and often inaccurate estimate, suggests a time of 1h 57m + time stopped for breaks
Note: It is up to you to ensure that your route is appropriate for you and your party to follow bearing in mind all factors such as safety, weather conditions, experience and access permission.

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence)
MountainViews.ie, a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 1100+ Visitors per day, 2100 Summiteers, 1300 Contributors.