One of the best things about the Mournes is that there are so many of them. I have a little note on my phone with all the different hikes I’d like to try. I’d managed to make a good dent in this during the various lockdowns.
Meelmore and Meelbeg were next on the list. I’d been up Bearnagh for a beautiful sunrise a few months back which is right next to them. You could definitely do the three in one go – that was my plan but the 5 hours of sleep had written that off.
Meelmore and Meelbeg sit at the the back of the Mournes from Newcastle. The most common path up them starts from Trassey car park/Meelmore Lodge. From my experience they seem to be much less busy than the likes of Binnian and Donard.
I always keep an eye out for good weather and if it coincides with my time off, I’ll try to get a day where the wind isn’t too high and the visibility is good. I prefer there to be some clouds rather than clear skies as I think they make for a more interesting sunrise/sunset.
This particular day I set off from Belfast just after 2pm. It was completely clouded over and wasn’t showing any signs of shifting. The further I drove, I could see little patches of blue trying to break through. The clouds were very much still there but started to thin out into fog. At 3:15pm I parked and headed off on the Trassey track.
I was still hopeful for a nice sunset but didn’t really mind if it wasn’t going to happen because the partial visibility was still pretty beautiful.
Half way up the mountain the clouds were thicker but the sun was trying to shine through, creating some pretty apocalyptic-looking scenes.