Slievemore: Arriving At The Top

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Halfway up Slievemore, looking towards Croaghaun.

 

Walking up Slievemore on Achill Island, I had started from the deserted village on the southern side of the mountain, walking north up the steep slope to a prominent rocky outcrop just below the western shoulder.  Arriving now on the shoulder, I could walk up it to the summit to the east, on a gentler slope than the first part of the walk.  It was a day of rapidly changing light, with passing storm clouds and curtains of rain, punctuated by patches of bright sunshine.  Arriving on the shoulder, I also now had new views northwards to add to the spectacular views that had accompanied me so far.  These new views included Duvillaun and Inishkea Islands, and the Mullet Peninsula.

 

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New views northwards.

 

 

 

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Mostly blue skies to the north.

 

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More dramatic skies to the south over Keel beach and Minaun.

 

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A bank of cloud skimming the top of Croaghaun in the west.

 

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The summit ahead, on top of another rise.

 

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Looking east to the summit and the mainland beyond.

 

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I loved this view southwards.

 

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Southeast to the Corraun Peninsula, with a narrow stretch of sea between it and Achill.

 

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Another look east as I ascended the final slope to the top.

 

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Maybe my favourite shot from Slievemore.

 

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North to the Mullet Peninsula.

 

 

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As I neared the summit, I was getting wider views of the north Mayo coastline.

 

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Almost at the top, looking straight down on the ground below to the south.

 

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Arrival at the summit and trig pillar.

 

In the next post I’ll take some time to explore the summit area.

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