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.
New views northwards.
Mostly blue skies to the north.
More dramatic skies to the south over Keel beach and Minaun.
A bank of cloud skimming the top of Croaghaun in the west.
The summit ahead, on top of another rise.
Looking east to the summit and the mainland beyond.
I loved this view southwards.
Southeast to the Corraun Peninsula, with a narrow stretch of sea between it and Achill.
Another look east as I ascended the final slope to the top.
Maybe my favourite shot from Slievemore.
North to the Mullet Peninsula.
As I neared the summit, I was getting wider views of the north Mayo coastline.
Almost at the top, looking straight down on the ground below to the south.
Arrival at the summit and trig pillar.
In the next post I’ll take some time to explore the summit area.