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The Mountains of Ireland

AuthorPaddy Dillon
PublisherCicerone Press (out of print)
ISBNISBN-10: 1 85284 110 9
ISBN-13: 978 1 85284 110 2
Croaghaun on Achill Island, where the rugged cliff face drops into the Atlantic.

Croaghaun on Achill Island, where the rugged cliff face drops into the Atlantic.

A wisp of cloud creeps across the shoulder of Brandon Mountain in Co Kerry.

A wisp of cloud creeps across the shoulder of Brandon Mountain in Co Kerry.

Walkers climb onto Galtymore, with Galtybeg seen beyond, in the heart of Ireland.

Walkers climb onto Galtymore, with Galtybeg seen beyond, in the heart of Ireland.

The idea with this book was to research, write and illustrate a guidebook that contained walking routes to every distinct mountain summit over 2000ft throughout Ireland.

The mountains of Ireland are often broad, bleak, boggy, rocky and pathless. There were 212 summits to visit, with 200 of them being over 2000ft, and the remaining 12 being over 3000ft. Locating them all on maps was the first task, while locating walking routes to each and every summit often seemed like an insurmountable task!

The route research required three separate trips to the mountains, with each trip lasting for a month, spread over a period of six months, starting one spring and finishing in the autumn. The book has been reprinted a couple of times and sells well, but the number of people known to have climbed to every summit remains surprisingly low.

In a review in Strider magazine, Alan Castle said, "The Mountains of Ireland will be seen as something of a landmark in the history of Irish hillwalking literature."

The book is now out of print but copies can occasionally be found on Amazon.

Walk Contents


Walk 1 White Hill, Djouce Mountain, War Hill
Walk 2 Tonduff, Kippure
Walk 3 Seahan, Corrig Mountain, Seefingan, Seefin
Walk 4 Carrigvore, Gravale, Duff Hill, Mullaghcleevaun East Top, Mullaghcleevaun
Walk 5 Silsean, Moanbane
Walk 6 Tonelagee, Scarr
Walk 7 Turlough Hill, Camaderry
Walk 8 Mullacor, Lugduff, Conavalla
Walk 9 Clohernagh, Corrigasleggaun
Walk 10 Ballineddan Mountain, Slievemaan, Lugnaquillia, Camenabologue East Top, Camenabologue, Table Mountain, Lobawn
Walk 11 Keadeen Mountain
Walk 12 Croaghanmoira
Walk 13 Mount Leinster
Walk 14 Blackstairs Mountain


Walk 15 Slievenamon
Walk 16 Knocksheegowna, Knockanaffrin, Fauscoum North Top, Fauscoum, Coumalocha, Seefin, Coumaraglinmountain
Walk 17 Knockaunabulloga, Knockshanahullion
Walk 18 Sugarloaf Hill, Knockmoylan, Knockmealdown, Knocknagnauv, Knocknafallia
Walk 19 Laghtshanaquillia, Greenane, O'Loughnan's Castle, Binnia
Walk 20 Galtybeg, Galtymore, Monabrack, Lyracappul, Knockaterriff, Temple Hill
Walk 21 Keeper Hill

South West

Walk 22 Musheramore
Walk 23 Mullaghanish
Walk 24 Caherbarnagh
Walk 25 The Paps (East), The Paps (West)
Walk 26 Knockboy, Caoinkeen, Gullaba Hill, Barremeen
Walk 27 Coomnadiha
Walk 28 Knockowen
Walk 29 Maulin, Hungry Hill
Walk 30 Crohane
Walk 31 Mangerton North Top, Mangerton Mountain, Stoompa
Walk 32 Knockbrack, Dromderalough
Walk 33 Boughil, Knocknacappul, Knocklomena
Walk 34 Broaghnabinnia, Stumpa Duloigh, Stumpa West Top
Walk 35 Mullaghanattin, Beann North Top, Beann, Beann West Top, Beann South Top
Walk 36 Knocknagantee, Knockmoyle, Coomura, Coomanassig, Finnararagh
Walk 37 Coomcallee, Coomcallee West Top
Walk 38 Knocknadobar, Knocknadobar East Top, Knocknadobar Far East Top
Walk 39 Meenteog, Coomacarrea, Teermoyle Mountain, Mullaghnarakill, Been Hill, Beenmore, Drung Hill
Walk 40 Colly
Walk 41 Skregmore West Top, Skregmore, Skregmore East Top, Knockbrinnea, Beenkeragh, Carrauntoohil, Caher, Caher West Top
Walk 42 Cnoc na dTarbh, Cnoc an Bhráca, Cruach Mhór, The Big Gun, Cnoc na Péiste, Maolán Buí, Cnoc an Chuillin, Cnoc na Toinne
Walk 43 Tomies Mountain, Tomies South Top, Shehy Mountain, Purple Mountain
Walk 44 Caherconree, Baurtregaum
Walk 45 Stradbally Mountain, Beenoskee, Coumbaun
Walk 46 Slievanea, Slievanea North Top, Gowlanebeg, Banoge North
Walk 47

Ballysitteragh, Brandon Peak, Brandon Mountain, Masatiompan


Walk 48 Derryclare, Bencorr, Bencollaghduff, Benbreen, Bengower, Benbaun, Benfree, Muckanaght, Bencullagh
Walk 49 Corcogemore, Mullach Glas, Binn Mhór, Binn Chaonaigh, Binn idir an Dá Log, Letterbreckaun, Leenaun Hill
Walk 50 Maumtrasna, Devilsmother
Walk 51 Ben Creggan, Ben Creggan South Top, Ben Gorm
Walk 52 Sheefry Hills West Top, Sheefry Hills, Sheefry Hills East Top
Walk 53 Mweelrea, Ben Bury, Ben Lugmore
Walk 54 Croagh Patrick
Walk 55 Slievemore, Croaghaun
Walk 56 Corranabinnia South Top, Corranabinnia, Glennamong, Nephin Beg, Slieve Cor
Walk 57 Birreencorragh
Walk 58 Nephin


Walk 59 Cuilcagh
Walk 60 Truskmore, Tievebaun
Walk 61 Croaghbann, Ardnageer, Bluestack, Lavagh More, Lavagh Beg
Walk 62 Slieve Snaght
Walk 63 Dooish
Walk 64 Errigal
Walk 65 Muckish
Walk 66 Slieve Snaght
Walk 67 Mullaghclogha, Dart Mountain, Sawel Mountain, Meenard Mountain, Mullaghaneeny
Walk 68 Eagle Mountain, Shanlieve
Walk 69 Slieve Binnian, The Back Castles, Slievelamagan, Cove Mountain
Walk 70 Slieve Muck, Slieve Loughshannagh, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Meelmore, Slieve Bearnagh, Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Donard, Chimney Rock Mountain