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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 Ulster Province, in Binnion List, Whitish quartzite with pebble beds Bedrock

Height: 250m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 3 Grid Reference: C36924 48921
Place visited by 33 members. Recently by: torbreck, Fergalh, eejaymm, scottwalker, sperrinlad, Neillybeg, Lucky1, Markdoc, bigphil99, chalky, Summ1t, Vikingr2013, David-Guenot, cody1, mark-rdc
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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 1280th highest place in Ireland.

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Binnion may be small in stature - it weighs in at .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Binnion)
A short walk in Inishowen .. by three5four0   (Show all for Binnion)
A hill to be enjoyed .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Binnion) 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! Linkback:
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I parked my car at the binnion caravan park. Then .. by Glashedy007   (Show all for Binnion)
The Carry Ramblers on top of Binnion what views f .. by cjdonaghey   (Show all for Binnion)
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