Recently, we asked our readers to submit photos taken from the summits of Irish Mountains. We’ve had a great response receiving photos from both our Twitter and Facebook Pages. The collection of submitted images demonstrates the beauty of the Irish mountains. We found that a large proportion of the shots were taken on the County Tops and would love to know if there are many currently doing the County Tops and hear how you are progressing. For anyone undertaking a round of the County Tops, it is well worthwhile getting hold of Kieron Gribbon’s excellent guidebook on the subject.
If you have an image taken from the summit of an Irish Mountain that you’d like to share, you can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include details of where the shot was taken from and a short description if possible.
You can click on any of the images below to see a larger version.
The first image was submitted via Facebook by Patricia Sharkey and it is a fantastic shot looking north to Errigal and the snow-covered Donegal Hills from Derkbeg Mountain outside Glenties.
The 2 images above are Courtesy of Ferdia Burns. They show members of the Gap O’ The North Walking Club on a challenging day on Errigal Mountain in County Donegal.
The club has 90 members and 70 members participated in their October weekend away. The club organise regular walks and far as possible , they try to combine each walk with some local knowledge of history or archaeological sites and interpretation of landscape.
The three images above were taken from Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park. The images were submitted via Facebook by Jimmy Mongan.
The National Park, near Letterfrack, is the perfect place to explore the dramatic and untamed landscape of Connemara. Encompassing almost 3,000 hectares of mountain, bog and woodland, the Park’s visitor centre is the ideal spot to start a 7km walk up the Diamond Hill – the undisputed highlight of the Park.
The walk is highly recommended by Jimmy for it’s superb views down onto the Atlantic on one side and the 12 Bens of Connemara and Kylemore Abbey on the other. There is a footpath/walkway leading all the way to the top and back down and the walk can be completed in just 2 hours.
The picture above was taken by Brian Simpson and shows a summit cairn on the Comeragh Plateau at 2,597 feet. I think this marks the point of Fauscoum which is the highest point of the Comeraghs. The name of the mountain translates as ’empty hollow’.
To one side is Knockanaffrin with Slievenamon in the background. The image was submitted by Waterford’s Mountains.
The image above was submitted by Sandra Tiernan via Facebook. It shows a pic from Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Cave on the Gleniff Horseshoe loop in County Sligo.
The story of Diarmuid and Gráinne is one of the great Romantic legends of Ireland and this is reputedly the cave in which they spent their last night.
Submitted by Paul Tierney via Twitter. The shot shows Paul and @rwfitworx on the summit of Carrauntoohil last march. Paul is an avid hill-runner and in May 2012 completed the famous Bob Graham round in under 18 hours.
You can follow Paul’s ongoing exploits at @irunmountains
Above is an image from Martin McAlinden which was submitted via Twitter. The image shows the view from the summit of Arderin, the County high-point of Laois and Offaly and the highest point in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Next is another one from Martin McAlinden which was submitted via Twitter. This photo was taken just off the summit of Mount Leinster, the County High Point of Carlow and Wexford. In the distance are the Wicklow Mountains.
At 796 metres, Mount Leinster is the highest of the Blackstairs Mountains and the summit is easily accessible by walking a road built to provide access to the huge RTE transmission mast which occupies the top of the mountain. The summit also contains a cairn which is supposedly the burial chamber of the King of Leinster who was slain at the foot of the mountain in 693 AD.
The image above was submitted by Jack Connolly, @JackpotConnolly on Twitter. The image captures a moment of fun on a windy day on what Jack describes as the ‘modest’ summit of Scarr in the Wicklow Mountains. We were recently on Scarr ourselves and enjoyed a superb sunset over the vast bulk of Tonelagee.
Heading North now thanks to Paul Warwick, @pgwarwick on Twitter. Offaly. Paul’s shot was taken from the summit of Slieve Croob looking towards the Mourne Mountains. The image was taken with a Canon 9-15mm wide-angle lens.
Slieve Croob translates as ‘mountain of the hoof’ and is the tallest of a group of peaks which lie North of the Mournes. It is said “… on a clear day you could see with the naked eye Lough Neagh, Belfast Lough, Carlingford Lough, Scarbo Tower, the full range of the Mourne Mountains, the coastline from Warrenpoint to County Antrim, and if you knew where to look, you could pick out Armagh Cathederal.”
Martin McAlinden has been busy and his third image is a really beautiful one. The shot shows a golden sunset view from Mullaghcarbatagh, a great mountain at the edge of the Sperrins in Tyrone. It’s great to see some shots from the lesser known hills. You can see more of Martin’s shots on his Flickr Feed.
Above is a shot from Mike Davidson, @MikeDavidson75 on Twitter. The picture shows Mike on the horse shoe over Coum Tay up to Comeragh mountain.
The image above is the first of two from Paul Clover and it shows the view from the Galtee Mountains in County Tipperary.
Paul’s second image is a black and white shot and shows the sun breaking over Galtymore, the highest point of Limerick and Tipperary. The image was taken in mid-November 2012.
Staying with County High Points, this image was submitted by Ring of Gullion AONB and shows a Windy day on the summit of mystical Slieve Gullion, the highest point in County Armagh. The shot was taken by Olivia Treanor and it won the annual Ring of Gullion photography competition. As part of the competition a calendar is produced with the top 13 pictures and it will be available for download from the Ring of Gullion Website. Olivia’s picture is taken on the passage tomb that was built on the summit of Slieve Gullion about 6000 years ago.
There are lots of ways to explore, experience and enjoy the Ring of Gullion, just visit www.ringofgullion.org to see how you can join in.
Another County High Point. This time it’s a shot taken from the summit of mighty Lugnaquilla. ‘The Lug’ is the highest point in County Wickow and the highest in the province of Leinster. On a clear day, views from the mountains extend east across the Irish Sea to the hills of the Llyn Peninsula and mountains of Snowdonia in Wales, and west to the mountains of Munster. This shot from France Villa Rental (@frenchvilla) shows storm clouds gathering over the surrounding landscape.
Back to the popular Slieve Gullion with a shot from Michael Kinahan, an avid hill-walker from County Louth. The shot shows Michael’s Trailtrekker team ‘An Lu Abu’ conquering Ard Macha as part of their training schedule for the charity event.