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Mullaghmeen
(Mullach Mín)
Mullaghmeen Hills Westmeath.jpg
Mullaghmeen Hill viewed from Coole
Highest point
Elevation 258 m (846 ft)
Prominence 146 m (479 ft)
Listing County top (Westmeath)
Naming
English translation smooth summit
Language of name Irish
Geography
Location Westmeath, Ireland
Parent range Westmeath Hills
OSI/OSNI grid N469793
Topo map OSi Discovery 41
Geology
Mountain type Undifferentiated limestone, (Visean Limestones (undifferentiated))

Mullaghmeen (Irish: Mullach Mín, meaning smooth summit), at 258 metres (846 ft), is the county top for Westmeath in Ireland, and is the lowest county top in Ireland. Mullaghmeen is located in the Mullaghmeen Forest, known for having the largest planted beech forest in Europe.

Geography

Mullaghmeen Forest Westmeath Ireland
Mullaghmeen Forest

Mullaghmeen lies in the northern tip of County Westmeath, just inside the border with County Meath, and looks into the northern Lough Sheelin, which forms the border with County Cavan. The hill is 16 km north of the town of Castlepollard. At 258 metres (846 ft), the summit of Mullaghmeen is the highest point in County Westmeath, however, it is the lowest county top in Ireland. The soil of Mullaghmeen is limestone, and in 1936 the Department of Agriculture decided it would be suited to the planting of deciduous trees, and created the 400 ha Mullaghmeen Forest, the largest planted beech forest in Europe.

Hill walking

Summit of Mullaghmeen Hill Westmeath
Mullaghmeen summit cairn

Mullaghmeen is described as a difficult mountain to find, and while its summit is of modest height, it is well-regarded as part of one of the several 2–3 hour circa 6 mile forest loop-walks through the Mullaghmeen Forest. Most start at the car-park just beyond the entrance to Mullaghmeen Forest (at N479779) and take in the summit of Mullaghmeen as well as other landmarks, such as the Booley Hut, the Famine Garden, the Flax Pits, and the Woodland Arboretum.

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