Mweelrea

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Mweelrea
Cnoc Maol Réidh
Mweelrea depuis Rosroe - Killary harbour-Mweelrea.JPG
Mweelrea over Killary Harbour
Elevation 814 m (2,671 ft)
Prominence 778 m (2,552 ft)
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt
Translation smooth bald hill (Irish)
Pronunciation /mwlˈr/
Location
Location County Mayo, Ireland
OSI/OSNI grid L789668
Topo map OSi Discovery 37

Mweelrea (/mwiːlreː/; from Irish Cnoc Maol Réidh, meaning "smooth bald hill")[1] is a mountain in County Mayo, Republic of Ireland. With a height of 814 metres (2,670 feet), it is the highest point in the province of Connacht and the 34th highest in Ireland. The mountain overlooks Killary Harbour.

Mweelrea is a mountain overlooking the Atlantic coast, and as such weather conditions can change very rapidly and this poses particular challenges for climbers who are inexperienced or have limited navigation abilities. From the east the mountain is well protected by outlying ridges and boggy ground as well as a cliff line to the east of the main summit. The easiest ascent is probably by starting on the coast to the west of the mountain and ascending gentle slopes, but even from this side climbers need to navigate carefully as cloud or mist can obscure the summit very rapidly. Access across land/farms may be a problem from this side however so climbers need to consult with local landowners before entering land there. The summit does provide stunning views of the surrounding area, including views of County Galway and Mayo, and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Coordinates: 53°38′10″N 9°49′52″W / 53.636°N 9.831°W / 53.636; -9.831