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Binn Mhór Mountain (Ir. Binn Mhór [TR], 'great peak') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 661m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L91841 49355
Place visited by 263 members. Recently by: No1Grumbler, thrifleganger, obrien116, pcost, derekpkearney, Carolyn105, nolo, Johnnylayne, spailpin, reidyden, Maire-Ni, jackill, Hjonna, jmcg, fieldoptic
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Longitude: -9.630003, Latitude: 53.48331 , Easting: 91841, Northing: 249355 Prominence: 406m,  Isolation: 0.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 491815 749379,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnMhór, 10 char: Binn Mhór
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

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 177th highest in Ireland.

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Picture: Binn Mhor summit
colin murphy on Binn Mhór, 2009
by colin murphy  2 Nov 2009
The final stop in an east-west trek involving Corcogemore, Mullach Glas E Top, Mullach Glas and Binn Mhor, starting at point T496967 A and ending at T495893 B. Binn Mhor's summit is marked by a trig pillar, just visible through my sodden lens. Total walk time was 6 hours, though probably slowed somewhat by miserable conditions. Linkback:
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Picture: The winter ice has yet to fully melt in this pool near the summit.
csd on Binn Mhór, 2010
by csd  7 Mar 2010
Access note: if approaching from the car park to the west (on the Western Way), a sign there appears to forbid dogs. However, at the gate marking the start of the track up to Mam Ean, another sign says dogs are only permitted if on a leash. So I guess it's ok to bring Fido, as long as he's on a lead.
The photo shows the view over to the 12 Bens from the area between the summits of Binn Mhór and Binn Ramhar. Linkback:
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Picture: A playground awaits.
The vista from Binn Mhor NW on a day to remember.
by jlk  6 Apr 2013
Magnificent views on an outstanding West of Ireland clear day. Taken from Binn Mhor, with Binn Chaonaigh on the immediate right, then Binn idir an Da Log, and Mweelrea in the background. The Twelve Bens welcome you in the centre. Linkback:
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YouTube Turk Traverse
by CaptainVertigo  11 Oct 2014
There's something very special about the Turks and the Bens. You certainly realise that when you are up there. But it's not always easy to capture these things on video. And that's why Sharron Schwartz and Martin Critchley have done such a great job on their very popular YouTube Traverse of the Maamturk Mountains. If you haven't experienced the Turks and are planning to, this movie will give you both information and encouragement. It's a classic, in my view, the result of years of experience, creative talent and sheet grinding hard work.
Let me quote directly from the YouTube intro:
This is one of the toughest mountain traverses in Ireland crossing a glaciated terrain of precipitous corries, deep tarns, sweeping ridges, rocky plateaus, bog and steep grassy slopes. Situated in the timeless and beautiful landscape of Galway County's Connemara, this 25km route has over 2,300 metres of ascent, around a dozen summits and takes between 10-14 hours to complete. We opted to bivy overnight a third of the way along the route for added excitement.

Simon Stewart's excellent route card is essential reading for would-be trekkers and his website also gives useful advice about the conditions and terrain one can expect:
Also see the blog: Linkback:
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Interesting rock formations (part II)
by David-Guenot  6 Jun 2016
A zoom on the rock formations mentioned on my previous comment... Linkback:
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Picture: Ireland or Africa ?
Interesting rock formations (part I).
by David-Guenot  6 Jun 2016
Along the Western Way up to Mam Ean from the NE (see track 3238), I noticed several of these curious rock formations, which for a second made me (God only knows why, as I have never been in Africa...) feel I was in the savanna rather than at the foot of the mighty Maumturks. I passed by this one on the way back, just before reaching the Western Way, and I found them rather interesting as they are a total contrast with the mix of bogland and pastures around. Linkback:
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