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|Cnoc Maol Réidh|
Mweelrea over Killary Harbour
|Elevation||814 m (2,671 ft) |
|Prominence||779 m (2,556 ft) |
|Translation||smooth bald hill (Irish)|
|Location||County Mayo, Ireland|
|Topo map||OSi Discovery 37|
Mweelrea is a mountain overlooking the Atlantic coast, where weather conditions can change very rapidly, posing 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.
Access to the 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.