Minaun

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View towards Slievemore from Minaun.

 

After walking up Slievemore and Croaghaun the previous day, Minaun was a much easier summit.  At 466 meters high, the hill offers great views over Achill Island, and with a collection of communications masts near the summit, and therefore an access road which can be driven up, little effort is required.  The road ends near the masts, just a little way short of and below the top.  It was a pleasant walk from there to the summit over good, dry ground, with the top being marked by a religious shrine.  It was great to look down on all the places we had enjoyed all week on Achill, and the mountains I’d walked the day before.

 

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The view over to the Corraun Peninsula.

 

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Clouds over Croaghaun.

 

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Keel beach.

 

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Keel beach and Croaghaun.

 

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Slievemore skimmed by cloud.

 

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South to Clare Island.

 

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Rapidly changing weather, with alternating stormy skies and rain storms with sunshine.

 

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The mountains of south Mayo and Galway on the horizon.

 

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Near the top, looking back to the masts on the right, near the car park, and over Krinnuck hill on the left to the Mullet Peninsula and north Mayo.

 

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Croaghaun.

 

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The shrine at the top.

 

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Passing countless little cairns as I walked beyond the summit.

 

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Up at the top again on the way back.

 

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It was so easy to get to the top of Minaun, and the views were so magnificent, it would be mad not to take it in if you’re in the area.

 

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