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Corranabinnia SW Top Mountain For origin of name, see Corranabinnia. Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Psammitic schists, quartzites Bedrock

Height: 687m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 30 Grid Reference: F89770 02618
Place visited by 143 members. Recently by: justynagru, abcd, Grumbler, philmchale, millsd1, ilenia, markwallace, Lauranna, briankelly, Djouce, Roswayman, glencree, markmjcampion, daveevangibbons, Podgemus
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Longitude: -9.680147, Latitude: 53.961165 , Easting: 89770, Northing: 302618 Prominence: 62m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 489745 802625,   GPS IDs, 6 char: CrnbSW, 10 char: CrnbnSWTp
Bedrock type: Psammitic schists, quartzites, (Anaffrin Formation)

Corranabinnia SW Top is the 132nd highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Ridge to Corranabinnia from west of the summit
 
Excellent Ridge Walk with Scrambling
Short Summary created by Geo, Onzy  4 Jun 2019
The attraction, and the high rating, of Corranabinnia SW top is largely in the fine ridge which extends north east to its main peak. The summit itself is at the east end narrow grassy plateau oriented east to west. Views are good in all directions, particularly over Clew Bay to the south.

Corranabinnia SW top is remote from roads and consequently there are a relatively small number of practical routes and most of these involve other peaks. However, an up and down route could be made using the spur heading south from the summit, parking around L91061 97962 A. Around 2-3 hours.

The most obvious circuit is that of Glendahurk Valley, taking in Bengorm, its NW top and the 2 Corranabinnias and making use of the raking spur south of Corranabinnia SW top. The horseshoe can be done in either direction, from the starting point above or about 300m further south, where there is a stile on the right. At 15k with an ascent of c.1,000m, the circuit should take about 6 hours.

A more ambitious circuit starting further east in the vicinity of Srahmore and centering on the Glennamong Valley is also possible. This would take in Tirkslieve, both Glennamongs, Corranabinnia, an out and back extension to Corranabinnia SW top and the two Bengorms, before descending to the road near Furness. This is a walk of 22k+, with some road walking and will take about 8 hours. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/134/comment/4894/
 
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Picture: Sw top as seen from ridge to Ben Gorm
gerrym on Corranabinnia SW Top, 2006
by gerrym  1 Jan 2006
I approached the SW top from Corranabinnia itself and it is a quick drop down to the col. The route to the summit of the SW top looks pretty difficult - it can be if you want but there are easy paths just below the rocks at its crest. Nevertheless this was an exciting diversion from the walking for most of the day, hands are needed and if you want the exposure you can have it with big drops, especially to the N into the corrie containing Corranabinna Lough. As Simons pic shows there are fantastic views, with the great contrast of the lowlands and the Nephins rising steeply from the bogs. There are again stunning views from the broad level top, with the expanses of water dotted with islands drawing the eye. There is a long and gradual ridge heading off to the S along Glendahurk which would be a good alternative approach . I retraced my steps, which was fun again, back to the top of Corranabinnia where i had left my rucksack and then headed along the ridge to Ben Gorm. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/134/comment/1916/
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simon3 on Corranabinnia SW Top, 2007
by simon3  17 May 2007
Robert Lloyd Praeger [The Way that I Went] said of the Nephin Begs “Where else even in Ireland will you find 200 square miles which is houseless and roadless – nothing but brown heather spreading as far as the eye can see, and rising along a kind of central back-bone into high bare hills breaking down here and there in rocky scarps, with the Atlantic winds singing along their slopes? I confess I find such a place not lonely or depressing by inspiriting.” Could any of us attempt to put it better?

Our photo, taken from near the top of Corranabinnia SW Top, shows much of the bare bog. The nearer water is Lough Corranabinnia, while further there is the west end of the remote double lake, over 1 km in length, that is Corryloughaphill Lough, with the slopes of Glennamong rising immediately beyond it. On the skyline at the right is Nephin Beg. Centrally, just touching the skyline is that most unusually named mountain “Slieve Alp” (329m).

One note of navigational caution. The OS 1:50k shows a spot height 681. This is not the highest point on the ridge which is around 370m to the east. As of May 2007 there is no cairn or other mark at the highest point. If you mistake this in mist you could go seriously wrong for example in attempting to get onto the southern ridge. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/134/comment/624/
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Picture: Extensive blanket bog of the Nephin range
Mad for Bog!
by peter1  5 Jun 2017
Under the best weather/soil moisture conditions, an approach from the West is very feasible. Starting and finishing at the road head at Srahduggaun, F86585 07217 B, a long (5k or so) walk across spongy sphagnum and short grass and heather brings you to the ridge running North from the Corrannabinnia SW plateau. A fine high level walk following the ridge brings you to Glenamong and from there, pick your route back to the start - there's plenty of scope! One word of caution - be careful crossing the boggy areas with the really bright green grass on the return, they may be really deep! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/134/comment/19540/
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From the Northwest
by Geo  4 Jun 2019
As per Peter1's comment and his uploaded track no 3472 (Many thanks Peter1) an approach from the NW from the end of a boreen at 'Blue Lodge' F866 072 C may be attempted.
June 1st 2019 millsd1 and myself crossed the Shannon and made our way fortified by bacon and sausage sandwiches in Castlebar and thence to the end of said boreen. Our general plan was to tackle a circuit which involved the two Corranbinnias and Glennamong with track 3472 as our guide but doing it CW rather than ACW as our quest for VL glory continues apace.
As of June 2019 however the footbridge across the brook opposite the said Blue Lodge (parking for 3 or 4 cars) had been destroyed in January 2019, according to a local fisherman we encountered This means that one has to go further South and take a wider circuit than Peter's track to circumvent the many streams that come down from the coums and hillsides and this makes doing the circuit ACW much more practical. Peter1's warning that the bog should be crossed with care is well warranted. While it is generally easy going there are many areas of 'floating bog' which need to be traversed with extreme care as the underlying depth to solid ground is unknown and likely to be capable of swallowing an adult human! So leave it for good weather with a period of good weather beforehand is my advice. Once bog is crossed and when one reaches the spur at F894 038 D it is a relatively easy climb to the top.
We then continued across the arrete (which interestingly is a propriety brand of stool thickener and perhaps required if you haven't a head for airy heights) on the Corranbinnia summit, thence to Glennamong and back down to the bog, at which point we could not directly return to car due to the bridge being out and had to do a large dog-leg west to cross a number of streams high enough up before they became unfordable and then turned North and continued across quaking bogs circumventing little ponds to return to car, All in all a 6.5 hour adventure. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/134/comment/20541/
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milo on Corranabinnia SW Top, 2003
by milo  23 Aug 2003
Attached photo shows the top as seen from the ridge which extends south from the main summit to Ben Gorm. The skyline offers scrambling possibilities which can be avoided by staying about 10 metres down on the S. side. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/134/comment/617/
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