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Minaun Mountain & Cliffs, Achill, Co. Mayo - West facing slope

                          
Photos: Courtesy of Jon Etherton - Phase 6 in flight over Minaun

 

To get to Minaun (Menawn) take the Castlebar Road, from Castlebar to Newport, and then along the north shore of Clew Bay to Achill Sound.  Once across the sound, take the Keel (An Caol) road. The slope is accessible from a left turn at the crossroads before you get to Keel. But first you should drive into Keel and walk out on Trawmore Strand and look back at Minaun descending into the sea, to really appreciate the full grandeur of this flying location.
Now, fully motivated, go back to the slope via the road. There is a nice west to southwest facing bowl on the way up at approx N53.57.289 W010.01.294 and further up a steep north to north east slope. There is a carpark near the top beside two radio/TV masts. For the cliffs themselves walk along the ridge for about 30 minutes.  On a calm evening bring midge repellent.

The slope faces west, but there are bays with headlands in a scalloped formation, so a bit of north or south mixed in the westerly will be fine. You are facing a thousand miles of Atlantic Ocean here, so expect big winds. Bring suitable models with good penetration for this slope or you may be blown away! Dress windproof and warmly.

The view out over Keel, Achill Island, Trawmore Beach and Keel Lough inland of the beach is from paradise. From the summit there is a 360 degree view. The pictures I give here does not do it justice.

 Please email me your info about where you fly, so I can include it.    n o r m _ f l y e r @ y a h o o . c o . u k