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Binnion Hill Cnoc an Bhinnín A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc an Bhinnín [CMcG] , 'hill of the little peak'). Donegal County, in Binnion List, Whitish quartzite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 250m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 3 Grid Reference: C36924 48921 This summit has been logged as climbed by 27 members. Recently by: Lucky1, Markdoc, bigphil99, chalky, Summ1t, Vikingr2013, David-Guenot, cody1, mark-rdc, jmcg, pmeldrum, Garmin, Hilltop-Harrier, AntrimRambler, JohnOf
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Longitude: -7.419686, Latitude: 55.2858 , Easting: 236924, Northing: 448921 Prominence: 195m,   Isolation: 4km
ITM: 636865 948899,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Binion, 10 char: Binnion
Bedrock type: Whitish quartzite with pebble beds, (Slieve Tooey Quartzite Formation)

It is likely that the name of this hill was simply An Binnín and that the name Cnoc an Bhinnín arose from the need to distinguish the hill from the townland of the same name.   Binnion is the 1275th highest summit in Ireland.

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eflanaga on Binnion, 2009
by eflanaga  19 May 2009
Binnion may be small in stature - it weighs in at a paltry 250m but it punches way above its height in terms of the scenery to be enjoyed from the rocky summit area. It is possible to attack the summit from any of the three tracks shown on the OS Map (two of which peter out after a short distance). I took the first track heading north along the side of a house and cottage at IC37585 47987 A. Keep left and pass through a silver metal gate. You can follow the obvious track to it's conclusion, then make immediately east for about 100m to join the main track to the top, or cross boggy ground and make straight for the obvious gap where you will pick up the main track at this point. There is a fork shortly after you turn around the back of the hill IC37282 49097 B with one section making a beeline straight for the summit, while the other runs WSW before turning back to approach the top from the south. I took the latter on the ascent and the former on the descent. The views from the summit, which is marked by a cylindrical cairn with a metal pole (? ariel) protruding from it's centre, are incredible. These can be enhanced by moving to the smaller cairns dotted across the summit in order to see what lurks immediately beneath Binnion's northern cliffs. Raghtin More, Crockmain, The Urris Hills, Slieve Snaght, Slieve Main and the smaller Coolcross Hill above Ballyliffin itself are all visible on the inland side while the vast expanse of the Atlantic, with the headlands at Dunaff, Malin & Doagh Island together with the tiny Glashedy Island catch the eye seaward. There is a Spot Height IC37416 49191 C (which is passed at the gap) blocking the view directly into Pollan Bay but it only takes a minute on the descent to reach the cairn at it's top for unimpeeded views down and across the bay towards Doagh Castle and beyond to the Malin end of the peninsula. There is a wall (breached in many places) along the precipitous northern flank of Binnion (presumably to deter sheep from tumbling into the sea) and a significant number of what appear to be 'wind-breaks', constructed of rocks which are plentiful hereabouts, dotted around the hill. Having done a 12k circuit of Doagh Island a few hours earlier with my wife, this walk was meant only as a filler. I felt the need to climb a hill even if it was only a small one. But what a reward for limited effort - thoroughly enjoyable with a magnificent rainbow appearing to link Ballylifin and Doagh Castle, thrown in for good measure. I can't promise the rainbow but if you are in Ballyliffin on a reasonably good day weatherwise, and have an hour or two to spare then saunter up to the top of Binnion - you won't be disappointed! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1003/comment/3773/
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Picture: pollan bay from binnion
 
A short walk in Inishowen
by three5four0  18 Jun 2010
The minor road, to the south of Binnion, has had some road works carried out on it recently. The upshot being, it is possible to park a car on the verge and leave the road clear, at around C376476 D.

From here walk up hill to the track beside the cottage at C375479 E, mentioned by eflanaga, and follow this to a fork, either one brings you out onto the open hillside. And if you bring a carrot, the friendly horse in the field, at the fork, would appreciated! From here follow the track up hill (faint if you have taken the right fork) into the gap, where the track is clear and easy to follow. Just as the track swings left there is a minor ring contour, on your right, topped by a cairn at C374491 F, which is worth climbing up to for the view of Pollan Bay (see attached photo).

Pass a fork and shortly after, leave the track and climb to the summit, again with expansive views over Tullagh Bay and Rockstown Harbour to Dunaff Hill. Which we had climbed earlier in the day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1003/comment/5883/
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Picture: Looking SW to Raghtin More from Binnion summit cairn
A hill to be enjoyed
by Harry Goodman  17 Aug 2011
I climbed Binnion on Fri 5 August after a short walk up and down nearby Coolcross Hill. I followed eflanaga's excellent route, parking just off road at C3758447958 G. As far as a description of the walk is concerned I could not add significantly to what has already been said other than to commend it to anyone wishing to climb this hill. On setting out the low escarpment directly ahead does not prepare you for the sheer delight to be found in walking this winding route mostly on a good and well defined hill track with frequent opportunities to take in an ever changing panorama. Once at the summit area I was surprised to find that the fine cylindrical cairn (still adorned with its metal post!) is not, in my opinion, actually standing on the highest point. This is in fact reserved for a lesser cairn of stones some 30/40 metres to the NE (see photo). Although you could be up and down Binnion in something under 1 hour 30 minutes this is not a hill for a quick ascent, this is a hill to be enjoyed, so allow time just to potter about. I spent just under two hours on the hill with many stops and diversions to appreciate the beautiful scenery all around me. A walk of some 5.5km. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1003/comment/6484/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Binnion in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: tullagh strand to Binnion
 
gerrym on Binnion, 2009
by gerrym  23 Sep 2009
Start out from one of the most beautiful beaches in the county at Tullagh Bay (carpark at 348485 H) - an almost perfect horse shoe bay with golden sands and a pebble border. The cool summer weather meant only a handful of people were walking the sands, able to see the wind lifting spray off the tops of the rolling breakers squeezing into the bay. The tide was out and the beach was in its full pristine glory.

A river flows in at the eastern end of the beach and cuts off a smaller area of beach and Binnion itself. This cuts a deep channel through the sand and a quick trip into the dunes was needed to strip to my boxers to wade the river. I was able to dry and reclothe on rocks at the others side. Two dead seals lay here as fare for gulls and other birds. Walk to the end of the beach and then up into the dunes, passing an army of black slugs, snails and caterpillars, to reach a storm beach on the other side of Sull Point (364492 I). Views here reach to Malin Head and sounds come from the waves moving thousands of pebbles up and down the beach.

Climb on steep grassy slopes, getting an even better perspective on the power of the sea on the storm beaches below. Skirt areas of large overgrown block scree to reach an a level area at 250ft with a large drystone wall. I got a good feeling for the dramatic rise of Dunaff Head from the sea to the W as big showers passed out to sea. The climb is cracking and varied - clearing paths through deep ferns, stepping over areas of scree and heather and some light scrambling - there is a rough path to follow (mostly).

Reach a wall and the rocky top with new growth heather (fire?). A lovely cairn about 5ft high with a makeshift flagpole and weatherworn material, including a black bra! Top reached in just over an hour and 2.5 miles and is well worth spending some time exploring. In the fading light of dusk bright lights of settlement peppered the base of the hills of Inishowen.

I followed one of the large stone walls down SW as i didn't fancy retracing my ascent in the dark. The river below had swollen to the size of a lough with the tide now in with the lights of caravan parks as a backdrop. The wall descends steeply and more high ferns need to be negotiated. I followed the banks of the swollen river back to the storm beach at the foot of Binnion where i camped for the night. A windy one and there seemed to be a shower passing everytime i woke.
Next morning the tide was still in so was no chance of wading back across the river - i followed its banks to cross a small concrete bridge and reach a road (366479 J) which i had to follow back towards Clonmany before turning R and following this road to a more substancial bridge which brought the beach. A half hour diversion but pleasant walking with nice views across to Ragtin More. A great little adventure - not far in distance from civilisation but a million miles away in my mind! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1003/comment/4131/
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Picture: Binnion cairn with raghtin more looking on
Glashedy007 on Binnion, 2009
by Glashedy007  16 Jun 2009
I parked my car at the binnion caravan park. Then set of following the path towards the beach, as you walk along the beach you will come to a horse shoe bay surrounded by steep sand dunes. I climbed the sand dunes and headed to the back of the mountain ( north side ) along the secluded beach of portlackin, a hidden gem. Then i started my climb of binnion hill, steep and challenging. Once your about half way up you are met of old time sheep walls which have gaps at some points. A heather filled hill until your close to the top were you are met with more rocky ground . Once at the top you will see a beautiful cairn and the views are amazing. North east Glashedy rock, East slieve snatch, South Raghtin more starring straight at you and to the west Dunaff and leenan. A 250m hill with a punch,Well worth the walk!! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1003/comment/3853/
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Picture: Noel & Mickey enjoying the view
 
cjdonaghey on Binnion, 2010
by cjdonaghey  28 Jan 2010
The Carry Ramblers on top of Binnion what views from this hill.
You could spend hours looking around you out to sea or back to the other hills
or down to some of the most beutiful beach's in Ireland. Not forgetting The outstanding
Ballyliffin Golf links just below. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1003/comment/4378/
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