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Mourne Mountains Area   E: Binnian Subarea
Place count in area: 58, OSI/LPS Maps: 20, 29, EW-CLY 
Highest place:
Slieve Donard, 849m
Maximum height for area: 849 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 821 metres,

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Slieve Binnian North Top Mountain Sliabh Binneáin (mullach thuaidh) A name in Irish For origin of name, see Slieve Binnian. Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 678m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J31694 24518
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Longitude: -5.98511, Latitude: 54.152863 , Easting: 331694, Northing: 324518 Prominence: 53m,  Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 731611 824527,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Slv678, 10 char: SlvBnnN678
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Slieve Binnian North Top is the 147th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Slieve Binnian North Top (<i>Sliabh Binneáin (mullach thuaidh)</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: The rounded N Top (right) seen from Binnian ridge.
Climb it because it is there !
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman  8 Nov 2011
Unlike the other tops on Slieve Binnian, all of which have rocky summit tors, the North Top is a broad rounded summit covered by grass and heather, with some stoney areas. The only real merit in climbing it is "because it's there" or to tick it off in pursuit of a mv list. Most walkers will cheerfully give it a miss on a walk along the Slieve Binnian ridge. Start at Carrick Little car park J345 219 starA and follow the adjacent track N to cross a stone stile. Once over continue along the track as it swings NW past Annalong Wood and then, some way along, the rocky hump of Percy Bysshe and the Blue Lough, both on the right. Continue up and along the track to J321 256 starB in the col between Lamigan and Binnian. Turn left and follow the track up a rocky edge. The rough track up soon becomes a stone "staircase" laid down in 2011 up the peaty spur to help preserve the badly eroded mountainside. Continue up to the rocky area of the North Tor around J319 246 starC. From here it is a short walk up SE over grass and heather to the broad rounded top. Return by way of ascent. An alternative route is to park in the Silent Valley car park J306 211 starD (charge) and take the shuttle bus (charge), or walk, up the side of the Silent Valley Reservoir to Ben Crom Reservoir. Climb up the steps to the dam head and take a rough track going NE up the hillside to the Binnian/Lamigan col J321 256 starB. From here go up SE and follow the directions up to the top as described above. Linkback: Picture about mountain Slieve Binnian North Top (<i>Sliabh Binneáin (mullach thuaidh)</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Douglas Crag and Binnian North Top as viewed from my tent at the Annalong Wood
Alex92 on Slieve Binnian North Top, 2007
by Alex92  22 May 2007
The North Top of Binnian is easiest approached by following the wall which cuts across the path at the edge of the Annalong Wood. Park at Carrick Little carpark but be extremely cautious, break-ins and vandalism are frequent. Anyway... follow the Carrick Little track up to a gate which enters you into the mountains. The Carrick Little track is a nice enough wee dander, beautiful views stretching across gorse covered farmland (as mentioned by the reliable Bleck Cra) and out across the glistening Irish Sea. You really have to stop for a few minutes half way up the track to appreciate these views, it's well worth it! Continue up the track and go through the gate a press onwards down the track running alongside Wee Binnian and the Annalong Wood. From here I would advise you to wear gaiters, it tends to be very boggy and damp along this path. The views of Rocky Mountain, Donard, Commedagh and Cove from here are surprisingly good. At the end of this path, you will reach a point at the edge of the Annalong Wood where you meet a river and the path "junctions" for want of a better word! Take a left and follow the wall up steep ground alongside the Douglas Crag cliffs to reach the summit of the north top. The views from here are up there with the best in the Mournes. After spending some time admiring the views, head south towards the southern top and down to Wee Binnian. From Wee Binnain you can rejoin the Carrick Little track and head down to the carpark. A great days' walking! Linkback:
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Bleck Cra on Slieve Binnian North Top, 2004
by Bleck Cra  5 Aug 2004
This is one of the most reliable views in the Mournes. The descent past Binnian North Tor - similar sounding albeit to North Top, but spinning much much slower except of course when an east wind gets under yer kilt - gets fairly steep - I myself went A over T a couple of years back and knocked a few corners off - even in the most persistent cloud, suddenly there it is: Crom, Doan, Bearnagh et al and it can be breathtaking. Better still if you take a tremulous step West, you find yourself on block crags above the reservoir and the little earth-bound people out for their constitutional. The wather boord, as so described up here, were letting a roaring Crom Reservoir into a depleted Spelga one on Sunday: such drama!
All ascents to this cinema screen should be effected from Carrick Little carpark up off Glasdrumman and the Kilkeel Road. Even some of those with endless wit, persist in making an entirely pointless ascent from Spelga, a £3 parking fee and a duck pond. Sure if you want a £3 parking fee and a duckpond, go to a service station in Cumbria. Anyhoo - Kilkeel Road, Maxol Garage (bemused by the money he makes from hillwalkers), Dunny Water Bridge-let and Carrick Little Carpark. Set off past rabbits, whins, postcard Irish countryside, dodgy ponies and given the weather, a vista into the main Mourne horseshoe that will blow your Scarpas clean off. Up dull old, wet old, windy old Binnian - until you're into the Tors and then it all begins.
Even after 10 years of ascending the girl, Binnian never fails to be amazing. Because she's so in your face, you think ah sure she'll wear off - but she never does. She's as big as a continent, as pretty as Polly Perkins and as surprising as MLA Donaldson at the West Belfast Feile. Go get her now ! Linkback:
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GWPR on Slieve Binnian North Top, 2004
by GWPR  21 Feb 2004
Slieve Bearnagh and Ben Crom Reservoir as viewed from the North Top Slieve Binnian on 19/02/2004. Linkback:
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tsunami on Slieve Binnian North Top, 2004
by tsunami  7 Aug 2004
Climbed Binnian for first time today. Going on the advice from Bleck Cra (again) left from Carrick Little car park and followed the wall to the summit. Although a fairly sunny day in Newry and Kilkeel there was a blanket of cloud covering the summit and it was clear that this would not be a great day for views or photos.
Sure enough about half way up visibilty was down to about ten yards, so being on my first attempt I stuck close to the wall and continued up. When you aren't 100% sure of your exact position in the cloud it is quite eery to see the massive granite Tors suddenly appear only metres from you through the mist - but a welcome sight none the less.
Spent a while wandering around, over and between the Tors through the cloud before walking north along the ridge towards the Black Castles - visability still zero. On reaching the North Top the cloud began to vanish and people began to appear in their dozens walking in the opposite direction to myself. Although they were getting the clear day at the top I will always believe the route up the wall is the better because it hides these magnificent views from you until you reach the top and you can enjoy them for the entirety of your descent.
So, pity about the initial cloud cover, but today proved that Binnian can be magnificent even in the cloud - as if she was hiding a secret from me! Something I will not be shown until beckoned to return the next time. I can't wait! Linkback:
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Picture: Saddle to Binnian North Tors
fergal meath on Slieve Binnian North Top, 2009
by fergal meath  25 May 2009
Had a sun baked few hours in the Mournes today. Started at the Carrick Little car park and continued along the path to the two gates, up over the stile and continued along the path by the Annalong forest and up to the saddle between Binnian North top and Lamagan. Views from here are amazing. From here went up to North Tors and on to Binnian proper, more stunning views and back down by the wall (about 4 hours excluding stops). Picture shows the ascent from the saddle to the Binnian North Tors and Buzzards Roost to the left. Linkback:
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