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Binn Mhór Mountain (Ir. Binn Mhór [TR], 'great peak') Galway County In Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists

Height: 661m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L91841 49355 This summit has been logged as climbed by 169 members. Recently by: markmjcampion, chalky, melohara, guestuser, HillmanImp, suiladoir, Harry Goodman, paddyman, supersullivan, Wilderness, Conor74, hivisibility, MichaelO, GSheehy, markwallace
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Longitude: -9.630003, Latitude: 53.48331 Prominence: 406m,   Isolation: 1.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 491815 749379,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnM661, 10 char: Binn Mhor

Binn Mhór overlooks Mám Éan. This is the site of a pattern held annually on the last Sunday of July, known locally as Domhnach Mhám Éan and as Domhnach Chrom Dubh (MacNeill, 123). It is also visited on St. Patrick's Day and Good Friday. Roderic O'Flaherty wrote in 1684: At Mam-en, there springs out of a stone a litle water, named from St. Patrick, which is a present remedy against murrein in cattel, not only applyed, but alsoe as soon as tis sent for they begin to have ease. next Mam-en are the mountains of Corcoga, in the confines of Balynahynsy [Ballynahinch], Ross and Moycullin countreys, where the fat deere is frequently hunted; whereof no high mountain in the barony of Balynahinsy, or the half barony of Rosse is destitude (O'Flaherty, 121-22). This peak has been called Shannakeala.   Binn Mhór is the third highest mountain in the Maamturks area and the 172nd highest in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Binn Mhór in area Maamturks, Ireland
Picture: looking to Binn Mhòr from Maumeen
 
Towering above the Pass of the Birds
Short Summary created by wicklore  29 Apr 2011 Binn Mhòr sits high above the mountain pass named Maumeen, where there is a Chapel and Holy Well. It is the last mountain on the first stage of the traditional Maamturks walk if approaching from the south. This involves first tackling Corcogemore and Mullach Glas. Binn Mhòr can be climbed on its own with a steep 400 metre climb up from Maumeen. There are severe cliffs along Binn Mhòr’s northern face, but the climb from Maumeen avoids these. The upper few hundred metres of Binn Mhòr are pure quartzite, so good footwear is needed to walk on the fields of shattered stone and follow the sandy trails carved out by countless boots.

The approach from the north to Binn Mhòr starts from the car park at L893 495 (Point A). From the car park it is a climb of 150 metres up to the col at Maumeen. Turn right to contour around some higher ground before skirting to the right of the little lake before tackling the steep grass and rock slope. A climb of 400 metres will bring you past a minor summit until you reach the trig pillar on Binn Mhòr. There are great views of the Twelve Bens, other Maamturks summits to the north and SW across the Connemara plains

Any walk in the Maamturks should be undertaken with care as there are few escape options if bad weather descends or you get tired.
Point A: L893 495

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Picture: Calm Maumeen lake near sunset
by wicklore  27 Feb 2010 The col between Binn Mhor and Binn Chaoinaigh is called Maumeen (pass of the birds). I reached it after descending from Binn Mhor at the end of a hike over from Corcogemore. What would have been an otherwise careful but straightforward descent of the 36 degree slope was made more hazardous by ice and snow. However I had Simon Stewart’s Maumturk Walk guide downloaded onto my gps and I followed his route to get down safely. Simon’s route can be downloaded onto gps units and is available from his website at http://www.simonstewart.ie/Turks/turk_nw.htm.

The annual Maumturks Walk blazes a trail across these mountains, covering 24 kms and a total ascent of 2336m. These walkers must be ultimate athletes because, according to the route card, it takes them just over three hours to reach Maumeen. It took me 5 hours 40 mins! No doubt they don’t stop to take 139 photos along the way or pause for breath every 10 steps on the steep ascents. Even so when I reached Maumeen I couldn’t help wondering if it was they who are too fast or me who is too slow. But I walk with the idea of ‘Take your time, have a good time’, whereas when they reach Maumeen the marathon walkers would have another 14kms to go across tough terrain so they wouldn’t be hanging around!

There was great comfort in reaching Maumeen for me – not only in having completed my first hike in the Maumturk, but also because the Western Way passes over the col meaning that there is a decent track to follow back down to the roads to the west. As I reached the col from Binn Mhor I could see a figure standing at the Oratory and Holy Well. It was the first person I had seen in the lonely mountains that day. As I approached them I was practising my patter to blag a lift all the way back to my car miles away to the east of the mountains. I was a bit embarrassed to discover that I was about to make my pitch to a statue that faces out over the col! For my sins I had an added hike of over 1 ½ hours before I hitched a lift far along the N59. Not the perfect end for tired feet! However I look forward to returning to continue the hike another day.
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by csd  31 Mar 2003 Binn Mhór and friends, viewed from Binn Chaonaigh. The lake at Maumeen is also visible.
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by Silver  30 Dec 2004 26.12.04 View from top of Binn Mor looking down on Binn Chaonaigh and Western Way
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Picture: The Twelve Bens and Binn Chaónaigh, seen from the summit of Binn Mhór.
 
by csd  7 Mar 2010 Seven years to the month, I return with a different perspective on Binn Mhór. I parked at L893 492 (Point B), where there's space for a couple of cars in case the main car park up the road is full. Heading northeast, I skirted the north of the forest (shown on the Harvey map), before heading for open ground, approaching Binn Ramhar, the smaller top west of Mhór itself, from the west. It's an unforgiving slog if you're any way out of shape, but once up at Binn Ramhar (worth making a stop at on the way to Binn Mhór), the views on a clear day make it all worthwhile. I was blessed with perfect weather, and in these conditions the views are spectacular.
The area around the summits of Binn Mhór and Binn Ramhar is dotted with rocky pools, which peer over the edge of jaw-dropping views over to the Bens and the main ridge of the Maamturks to the north. Further distant, Mweelrea itself was visible, still capped in snow as the recent cold weather extends into spring. My (careful) descent was via Mam Ean and I then followed the Western way west back to the road and my car.
I'm sure on a cold wet windy day with no visibilty Binn Mhór is as miserable as the next Irish mountain, but today it rewarded me with possibly one of my best days in the hills ever.
Point B: L893 492
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by Silver  30 Dec 2004 The descent from Cnoc na hUileann Thoir to Maumeen is steep and slippery when wet, Aim to the left of Holy Well/lake
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