Mweelrea Mountain (Cnoc Maol Réidh meaning Hill of the Bald King) is the highest mountain in Connaught, rising from the bowels of wild Atlantic seascape in dramatic upland ruggedness. The mountain offers one of the finest panoramic views in Ireland on a good day although often shrouded in mist and mystery, the walk is always best undertaken with a guide.
This year the walk will commence on the North shore of Doolough and through the gap between the loughs to the natural Ramp path amid house sized boulders. The significance of the mountain is apparent as you slowly climb and witness the airy glacial cliff edges pitch steadily to the first peak of Ben Bury. The route heads westward then skirting the dominant horseshoe to the exposed summit. The views are exquisite in every direction, from fjords, to open ocean, glacial torn valleys to cliffs, beaches and bog.
The narrow split ridge leads southwards with surges of long and sometimes steep declines onto Tonatleva hill where a benign track guides you through forests to the fabulous Delphi valley.