Keeper Hill

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Keeper Hill / Slievekimalta / Sliabh Coimeálta
Sliabh Coimeálta
KeeperHill.jpg
Viewed from the west
Elevation 694 m (2,277 ft)
Location
Location County Tipperary, Ireland
Range Silvermine Mountains
OSI/OSNI grid R823667
Coordinates 52°44′55″N 8°15′46″W / 52.748744°N 8.262855°W / 52.748744; -8.262855
Topo map OSi Discovery 59
Climbing
Easiest route Way marked from Doonane carpark through Ballyhourigan woods

Keeper Hill or Slievekimalta or Sliabh Coimeálta[1] (from Irish: Sliabh Coimeálta, meaning "mountain of guarding")[1] is a 694 m (2,277 ft) mountain[2][3] in the Silvermine Mountains of County Tipperary, Ireland. It is about 15 km east of Limerick City. Keeper Hill is the highest mountain in the Silvermines (and the wider Shannon area) and the 117th highest in Ireland.

There is a looped walk around the lower shoulders of Keeper Hill, to which the ‘hardy’ walker can add the ‘trek’ to the summit. This loop walk is part of the National Looped Walks and is marked using the standard purple National Looped Walk directional arrows.[4]

Conservation[edit]

On the slopes of Keeper Hill is a woodland of 3,300 hectares. The 300 hectare summit is blanket bog and Nardus grassland, considered of ecological importance. Keeper Hill is designated a Special Area of Conservation.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland: Slievekimalta or Keeper Hill
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey of Ireland - Online map viewer
  3. ^ MountainViews.ie
  4. ^ Keeper Hill Trek, Shannon Region Trails
  5. ^ Keeper Hill SAC, National Parks and Wildlife Service

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°45′04″N 8°15′36″W / 52.751°N 8.260°W / 52.751; -8.260