Tullycross Mountain, perhaps more appropriately known as Letter Hill stands on the coast of the Renvyle Peninsula just North of Connemara National Park.
From the short climb to the summit you will get a 360 degree view of Tully Village, the Twelve Bens, Connemara National Park, Tully Lough, several nearby islands, and the entire coastline.
View of Tullycross Mountain from Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park.
Drive down the Connemara Loop Rd and take a left towards the Brazen Hussy Charter Boat docks. Past the docks find a pull out along the small coastal road.
From the road look for a large gate in the sheep fence. Climb up the steep grassy hill towards it.
Follow the gated fence West until you find a step over.
Coming from a country where permission from the land owner is needed to access private land, the next step made me feel very uneasy. Hop the fence and join the herd of sheep on the other side.
Many of the public trails in Ireland are at least partially on private land. The unwritten agreement appears to be free access in return for respect for the land and its livestock. Clean up after yourself, close any gates you open, and don’t disturb the sheep. Pretty fair trade if you ask me.
From here there really is no trail. Continue up the mountain in the general direction of the summit. We ended up circling East in an attempt to get away from the wind.
As you climb the wet grassy hill side the views of the surrounding country side begin to unfold.
Looking back towards Connemara National Park and the Twelve Bens.
Looking East you will get a view of Tully Lough and Mount Mweelrea.
As you continue towards the summit a rough eroded trail begins to form. Careful with your footing as the ground is loose, spongy, and we found several knee deep sink holes from previous boot tracks.
There is also a section of steep loose rock on the Northern face of Tully Mountain so make sure to ascend above it. The rock section can be seen in the following photos.
At this point the wind was getting unbearable, but we decided to put our heads down and finish the hike. I did not get a lot of photos near the summit.
Looking back at the rough eroded mountain landscape while standing at a 45 degree angle to compensate for the wind.
Finally we got a glimpse of the mountain top cairn which marks the summit of Tully Mountain.
We raced to the top and took a few more shaky photos.
Several piles of rocks marked a descent down the North West ridge of the mountain, but we decided to backtrack and head down the same hillside route we ascended.