Climb beautiful Nephin Mountain

Scale the heights of Connacht's second highest peak and marvel at the spectacular views

Mayo North offers a vast selection of outdoor activities and the area is often referred to as a destination for the outdoors adventurer. In Mayo North, there is something for everyone, its renown amongst hill walkers, climbers and adventure seekers, but with that being said, the first point of call for all adventure enthusiasts is Nephin.

Nephin is the second highest mountain in Connaught and to climb Nephin is also one of the top 12 things to do in Crossmolina!

Access and starting point

Nephin can be accessed by different routes.  Although there is no ‘one way’ to climb the mountain, it is advisable to seek advice before the ascent.

– One point of access to the Nephin ridge is from the R312. There is off-road parking near here.

 – Another point of access is from the north. Again there is a layby nearbycross the fence and follow the stream uphill.

– There is also another route from the east. The route starts up a private road which is access for a pump house. The pump house is in a locked compound at the end. When you get to the end you go through a gate directly in front of you then straight away the gate to your right, walk another 150m and you are at the start of the climb just over the small stream. Do not block the gate into the access road. Many locals use this route but as with all private land be prepared to ask should you encounter the landowner.  (

More information and guide access can be obtained by contacting Crossmolina Tourist Office ( 096 30935) or visiting

The Route

The total distance of the route is approx. six miles (10km) and the walking time is about 4 hours. The mountain is contained in the Ordinance Survey Map Discovery Series Sheets 23 or 31.

The Summit

A cairn marks the summit which sets itself  an amazing view of the surrounding countryside. You will encounter the vast blankets of bog in the Erris regions.

The mountain overlooks Lough Conn and on a clear day, but legend has it you can see the mountains of Donegal and Connemara – the locals say you can see seven counties on a clear day!

It is recommend that you descend the mountain  by the same route. Although there are other routes, its highly recommended you return via the route you came.

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