Winter Wonderland: Snow on the Irish Mountains (Part 1)

Isn’t there something special about a covering of snow on the mountains?

We asked you to send in your photos of snow on the Irish Mountains and the response has been incredible. We’ve literally been snowed-under with photos so have decided to break the article into two pieces. This is the first of these articles; we hope to have the second one online soon.

We feel that the pictures we’ve chosen demonstrate the beauty and diversity of the Irish mountains.

A big thank-you to everyone who sent in photos.

View of the Reeks from Purple Mountain

The first shot comes from Paul O’ Connor and shows a view of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks from the summit of Purple Mountain. The mountain is separated from the Reeks by the famous Gap of Dunloe and its eastern half is part of Killarney National Park. The mountain takes its name from the colour of the sandstone rock which turns a purple hue under cetains light conditions.

Slieve Donard, Mourne Mountains

The second photo sees a walker taking in the view out to sea from Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains. This shot was submitted by Martin Dunne via our Facebook Page. Slieve Donard is one of the most popular mountains in the Mournes and is the highest point in the province of Ulster.

Calliagh Berra’s Frozen Lake

The fantastic shot above comes courtesy of Chris Downey and shows Calliagh Berra’s Frozen Lake on the summit of Slieve Gullion. This lake features in Irish mythology when Fionn MacCumhaill was tricked by an evil witch (an Calliagh Berra) into diving into the lake in search of a golden ring. When Fionn emerged from the lake, he had transformed into an old man and his had turned white. To this day, the superstition survives that if you swim in the lake, your hair will turn white.

Slieve Gullion is the County Top of Armagh and was recently covered in our article ‘The County Tops: Number 6: Slieve Gullion, County Armagh‘.

Knockmealdown Mountain from Knockmoylan

Sticking with the County Top theme, the shot above shows Knockmealdown from Knockmoylan. Knockmealdown is the highest point in County Waterford and was featured in another of our County-Top articles. This image comes courtesy of Brian Simpson of Waterfords Mountains.

En route to Shanlieve

The stunning shot above came from John McGuigan, IBGrizzly on Twitter. The mixture of whites and blues combined with the sunlight reflecting off the snow make for a magnificent picture. The shot was taken en route to Shanlieve in the Western Mournes and shows the Castle Bog river almost covered in with snow.

Snow on the Kerry Mountains

Macgillycuddy’s Reeks

Another shot of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks in Kerry and another brilliant combination of blues and whites. This photo was submitted by Margaret Mulvihill  via our Facebook Page. Taken in winter 2010 as part of Margaret’s round of the County Tops, the photo perfectly illustrates the elegant beauty of Ireland’s highest mountain range.


Another one that came in from our Facebook Page, this shot is courtesy of Paul Clover and shows a view of Galtybeg in the Galtee Mountains. The picture was taken on one of Paul’s regular hikes up to Lough Diheen on a cold December morning.

Snow covered Mourne Mountains

Snow covered Mourne Mountains

Back to the Mournes for this shot of Simon Harris battling the snow in the Mourne Mountains. Not sure exactly where in the Mournes this is but we reckon Simon is on the slopes of Slievenaglogh near Hare’s Gap. Perhaps Simon can confirm that?

Sperrin Mountains

Dart and Sawel from Mullaghclogha

Martin McAlinden, ‏@dr_urbanus on Twitter sent in this beautiful photo of Sawel and Dart Mountains in The Sperrins. The shot was taken on the descent of nearby Mullaghclogha, the second highest mountain in The Sperrins.


Finally, it’s another shot from Paul Clover who is a regular walker in the Galtee Mountains. This shot was taken close to the summit of Galtymore Mountain.