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Slieve Aughty Mountains   ~   Gort


The Slieve Aughty Mountains are a mountain range spread over both County Galway and County Clare. The highest peak in the Slieve Aughty Mountains is Maghera in Clare which rises to 400m (1,314ft).

The mountain range consists of two ridges divided by the Owendallaigh river which flows west into Lough Cutra.

Slieve Aughty Mountains in South Galway Ireland
Here and there are scattered ruins of whole villages and isolated houses and the abandoned schools remind us of the many families who worked their small holding and cut their turf on the many bogs in the villages between the mountains.

The Sliabh Aughty hills contain vast tracks of some of the most desolate landscapes in Ireland. The mountains are often referred to by their Gaelic name, Sliabh Echtge. The Lady Echtge, granddaughter to Finde, one of the Tuatha de Danann gave her name to the hills. She married Fergus Mac Ruiri who held these hills and mountains by his right of cupbearer to the king of Connaught.

horse Riding on the Slieve Aughty Mountains in South Galway Ireland He bestowed the mountain valleys to Echtge to feed the cows, which she brought with her as her dowry.

Two of these cows, which had been previously remarkable for their fruitfulness and great flow of milk were placed on each side of a river, which has been called "Abhainn Da Loilgheach" river of the two milch cows.

The largest in-land farm in Ireland is located on Slieve Aughty in rural south-east County Galway. The farm comprises 71 Vestas V52 wind turbines collectively generating an average of 60MW. The site is an impressive show case of wind turbine technology. Each Vestas V52 turbine blade measures over 20m in length (approximately the length of a 747 jet's wing). The tips travel at over 180km/h and take 3 seconds to make a full revolution. 



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