14km (8.5 miles)
940m (3050ft)
Height gain
Mweelrea Mountain
Mountain range

Mweelrea guided hike (Hard/Strenuous)

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Mweelrea mountain, at 814 metres, is the highest mountain in Connacht and one of the iconic ‘4 Peaks’. In good weather the summit offers some of the best coastal views in Ireland.

Please note this hike is graded as ‘Strenuous’ and requires a good level of fitness, it is not suitable for beginners.

About Mweelrea guided hike

In fine weather we will begin and finish our hike at Clashcame, between the adjacent loughs of Glencullin and Doo Lough.

From here we will cross boggy ground before beginning our ascent via ‘The Ramp’. As we climb the ground becomes steeper and more exposed, before we reach a grassy slope and the final pull up to the subsidiary peak of Ben Bury.  From here we descend gradually to the col and then climb again up the rock and grass slopes to the summit of Mweelrea. From the summit we get superb views of the surrounding hills and the islands of the Mayo coast.

We will return via the same route.

In poor weather we may take the alternative route to the summit, via the Silver Strand, which is less exposed and slightly shorter in distance.

This hike is on rough mountain path which can be rocky and slippery in places. Good mountain footwear is essential, particularly in wet weather. You may be turned away by the guide if you arrive in runners.

MEETING POINT As parking is restricted, we will meet at Leenane village and car share, meet at 09.00
HIKE TIME Approx. 7 hours
TERRAIN Rocky mountain paths and steep hillside
EQUIPMENT Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential; walking trousers are advised or comfortable athletic clothing, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.
There is no transport available from Dublin for this hike, (unless by special arrangement).
Professional mountain leader with first aid certification and full insurance.
Insights into the history, flora and fauna of Mweelrea mountain.
Specialist hiking clothing.
Food and drink.

Further reading on our blog:

The mountains of south Mayo

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Mweelrea mountain