The Mountains of Ireland

A Guide to Walking the Summits

By Paddy Dillon

A comprehensive guidebook to walking Ireland's 200 summits of 2000ft or more and to the 12 peaks exceeding 3000ft. Described clockwise from Wicklow to the Mournes in 70 walking routes.



Year-round possibilities.


Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Limerick, Westport, Sligo, Derry and Dundalk.


Some routes more challenging than others. Some scrambling, also boggy ground, thick tussocks of grass and dense covering of heather.
Must See

Must See

Summiting Carrauntoohil, and all the other mountains. Recovering in the warm and dry after a wet and windy expedition.
1 Jan 1993
10 Apr 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    A comprehensive guide, now the classic guide, to Ireland's 200 summits of 2000ft or more and to the 12 peaks exceeding 3000ft. The mountains are described clockwise from Wicklow to the Mournes, and offer a choice of 70 walking routes.

    The guide divides the peaks into 5 groups, and at the start of each is described 'Paddy's Way' - the way the author tackled them - so that anyone who wants to emulate him has full directions.

    The guide includes summiting Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain as part of the Coomloughra horseshoe, the twelve Bens of Connemara, the Maum Turks, the Blue Stack mountains and the mountains of Donegal.

  • Contents

    The Plan of this Guide
    General Information

    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, Mucclaghcleevaun
    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
    Walk 12: Keadeen Mountain
    Walk 13: 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: Laghtshnaquilla, Greenane, O’Loughnan’s Castle, Binnia
    Walk 20: Galtybeg, Galtymore, Monbrack, Lyracappul,. Knockaterriff, Temple Hill
    Walk 21: Keeper Hill

    Walk 22: Musheramore
    Walk 23: Mullaghanish
    Walk 24: Caherbarnagh
    Walk 25: The Paps (East) The Paps (West)
    Walk 26: Knockboy, Caoinkeen, Gullaba Hill, Barrerneen
    Walk 27: Coomnadiha
    Walk 28: Knockowen
    Walk 28: 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: Broaghnaabinnia, Stumpa Duloigh, Stumpa West Top
    Walk 35: Mullaghanattin, Beann North Top, Beann, Beann West Top, Bean 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 d’Tarbh, Cnoc an Bhráca, Cruach Mhór, The Big Gun, Cnoc an Chhuillin, Cnoc na Toinne
    Walk 43: Tomies Mountain, Tomies South Top, Shehy Mountain, Purple Mountain
    Walk 44: Caherconree, Baurtegaum
    Walk 45: Stradbally Mountain, Beenoskee, Coumbaun
    Walk 46: Slieveanea, Slieveanea 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: Mullaghvclogha, Dart Mountain, Sawel Mountain, Meenard Mountain, Mullagheany
    Walk 68: Eagle Mountain, Shanlieve
    Walk 69: Slieve Binnian, The Black Castles, Slievelamagan, Cove Mountain
    Walk 70: Slieve Muck, Slieve Loughshannagh, Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Meelmore, l Slieve ieve Bearnagh, Slieve Commedagh, Slieve Donard, Chimney Rock Mountain

    Mountains of Ireland listed by height.

  • Maps

    OS Discoverer Series 1:50,000

    Sheets: 1,3,6,11,13,16,22,23,26,29,30,31,37,38,44,45,56,59,62,67,68,70,71,74,75,78,79,83,84,85

    1:25,000 Sheet: Comeragh Mountains

    1:25,000 Sheet: Mourne Country

    1:30,000 Harveys Superwalker Map of Connermara

    1:30,000 Harveys Superwalker Map of the Wicklow Way

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    October 2017

    Walk 1 - There is a board walk all the way over White Hill to the gap between it and Djouce Mountain

    Walk 4 - There is a parking space about 2km along the Sally Gap/Laragh road and a path from there leads all the way to the summit of Carrigvore.

    Walk 5 - At the start, instead of entering the forest, it is possible to follow the edge of the forest, from near the end of the Garryknock road, then continue to Silsean.

    Walk 6 - There is a good path up Scarr, starting opposite the car park at Glenmacnass.

    Walk 7 - There is now a path between the two summits.

    Walk 8 - There is now an easy path between Mullacor and Lugduff, and a vague path onwards to Conavalla.

    Walk 64 - There is a purpose-built car park on the R251 where the path to Errigal starts.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.​

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