Winter Wonderland: Snow on the Irish Mountains (Part 2)

A few weeks back, we asked you to send in your photos of snow on the Irish Mountains and we had a great response. Such were the number of photos submitted that we had to break the piece into 2 parts.

Part 1 was published a couple of weeks back.

The images submitted showcase the beauty and diversity of the Mountains of Ireland.

The first shot comes from regular contributor John McGuigan, @IBGrizzly on twitter. John recently sent us in a shot from Shanlieve in the Mourne Mountains which was featured in our ‘Story Behind The Photo’ section. The photo below shows the fantastic view from Pierces Castle in the Western Mournes.

The view from Pierces Castle in the Western Mournes

The next photo came from James Goulding, @jagoulding on Twitter. The photo shows the Stumpjumpers adventure racing team of Portarlington on the icy top of Galty Mor mountain. The team were lead by John Bolton of

Galtymore Summit

Next up is a shot from Paul Warwick, @pgwarwick on Twitter. The shot was taken on the snowy summit of Slieve Croob in January 2011 and Paul is wondering if we’ll get a repeat of these scenes in 2013! Slieve Croob lies north of the Mourne Mountains, between the village of Dromara and the town of Castlewellan and is the source of the River Lagan, which starts as a spring and runs from here to Belfast, where it enters Belfast Lough.

Slieve Croob

Margaret Mulvihill, who recently completed a round of the County Tops of Ireland in 2012, sent in the next couple of images from the Macgillycuddy Reeks. The photos were taken in winter 2010.

Macgillycuddy's Reeks

Macgillycuddy's Reeks

The Dublin Mountains Volunteer Ranger submitted this picture via Facebook of the summit of Duff Hill in the Wicklow Mountains. The shot was taken in February 2012.

Duff Hill, Wicklow Mountains

The next shot comes from regular contributor Paul O’ Connor and features Paul taking the last few steps towards the cairn on the summit of Purple Mountain in County Kerry. The light covering of snow combined with clear blue skies made for one of those near-perfect walking days that winter can throw up.

Purple Mountain, County Kerry

Next is a shot from Sean Downey that shows sheep on the snowy slopes of magical Slieve Gullion. Gullion is the County Top of Armagh and was recently covered in our article ‘The County Tops: Number 6: Slieve Gullion, County Armagh‘.

Sheep on Slieve Gullion

Brian Simpson of Waterfords Mountains sent in this beautiful picture from the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Knockmealdown Mountains.

Finally, Martin McAlinden, @dr_urbanus on Twitter sent in this shot of a winter view over Belfast City from the summit of Divis Mountain. The Iconic Harland and Wolff cranes of Titanic fame can be seen in the background.

View from Divis Mountain