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Maamturks Area , S: Maumturks South Subarea
Feature count in area: 27, all in Galway, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, 38, 44, 45, EW-CON
Highest Place: Binn idir an dá Log 702m

Starting Places (43) in area Maamturks:
An Móinín Mór, Bealanabrack River Tributary, Bundorragha Estuary Cross, Cannaclossaun, Carraig Bar, Connemara Mountain Hostel, Delphi Resort, Dernasliggaun, Drehidanookera Bridge, Failmore River, Fee Lough SW, Glashmore Bridge, Glencraff Road End, Gleninagh River, Gowlaunlee Lake, Illaunroe South, Killary Boat Tour Pier W, Knocknafaughy SW, Kylemore River, L Mamwee, Leenane, Leenane Hotel, unuseableLeenane R336, Lehanagh Lough N, Lehanagh Lough SE, Lough Fee East, Lough Nacarrigeen S, Lough Shindilla S, Maum Bridge Road Lower, Maum Bridge Road Mid, Maum Bridge Road Upper, Maumwee Lough, Nambrackkeagh Lough, Oorid Lough, Owenwee River, Pas Mám Éan CP, Rinavore East, Rinavore SW, Shanvally, Tawnabeg Lough North, Tooreennacoona River, Western Way Cnoc na hUilleann, Western Way Inagh Cottages

Summits & other features in area Maamturks:
N: Leenaun: Maumturkmore 488m, Búcán 550m, Leenaun Hill 618m, Leenaun Hill Far North-West Top 556m, Lettershanbally 324m, Meall Cheo 578m, Taobh Dubh 422m
N: Maumturks N Cen: Barrlugrevagh 558m, Letterbreckaun 667m, Letterbreckaun NE Top 603m, Knocknahillion 607m, Knocknahillion North Top 541m, Cúlóg 435m
S: Maumturks S Cen: Binn Chaonaigh 633.5m, Binn idir an dá Log 702m, Binn idir an dá Log SE Top 659.3m, Binn Mhairg 612.4m, Knocknagur 310m
S: Maumturks South: Binn Mhór 660.6m, Binn Mhór NE Top 641.2m, Binn Mhor West Top 595.8m, Binn Mhor East Top 631.3m, Lissoughter 401m, Corcogemore 610.1m, Mullach Glas NE Top 432m, Lackavrea 396m, Mullach Glas 621.3m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Binn Mhór, 660.6m Mountain
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(Ir. Binn Mhór [TR], 'great peak'), Galway County in Connacht province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Binn Mhór is the third highest mountain in the Maamturks area and the 180th highest in Ireland.
Grid Reference L91841 49350, OS 1:50k mapsheet 44
Place visited by: 323 members, recently by: Glengirl, Timmy.Mullen, RosieMc, farmerjoe1, rhw, Hillwalker65, taramatthews, orlaithfitz, maoris, Prem, Carolineswalsh, Chopper, miriam, ConMack23, MarionP
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Longitude: -9.630013, Latitude: 53.483253, Easting: 91841, Northing: 249351, Prominence: 406m,  Isolation: 0.7km, Has trig pillar
ITM: 491815 749373
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)
Notes on name: 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.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: BnMhór, 10 char: Binn Mhór

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Summary for Binn Mhór : A steep, rocky summit in the Eastern Maamturks
Summary created by simon3, markmjcampion, wicklore 2023-05-24 12:58:48
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Picture: The impressive N slopes, as seen from the Western Way
Binn Mhór sits high above Maumeen, the well-known col with its chapel and holy well. There are severe cliffs along its N face but the climb from Maumeen avoids these. The upper reaches of BM are pure quartzite so good footwear is needed. Like any walk in the Maamturks it should be undertaken with care as there are few escape options if bad weather descends or you get tired. There are great views of the Twelve Bens, other Maamturks and SW across the Connemara plains.

W. Park in the sizeable CP at A (L893 495). From here it’s a short walk up to the col at Maumeen. Turn right to contour around some higher ground before skirting to the right of the little lake. Now tackle the steep grass and rock slope. A 300m climb will bring you onto gentler slopes and from here it’s an easy walk to the trig pillar. 1.5hrs

N. For an alternative track to get you to Maumeen, park in the vicinity of Failmore (L92402 52127) and follow the well-established trail to the SW. 1.75hrs

S. Park near L Úrid (L92122 47053) and head W. When you reach B (L91299 46753) follow the path to the right. This takes you in to the forest and you’re aiming to emerge at C (L89917 48295) from where you can follow the steep SW spur of BM’s W top to its summit. From here it’s an easy walk over to BM. 2.5 hrs

BM is also summited as part of the Maamturks’ Challenge, a tough 25k traverse that takes place each Spring.
Notable tracks incl. track/3238, track/2941, and linear track/4279.
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Picture: Calm Maumeen lake near sunset
wicklore on Binn Mhór
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

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. Linkback:
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csd on Binn Mhór
by csd 31 Mar 2003
Binn Mhór and friends, viewed from Binn Chaonaigh. The lake at Maumeen is also visible. Linkback:
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Silver on Binn Mhór
by Silver 30 Dec 2004
26.12.04 View from top of Binn Mor looking down on Binn Chaonaigh and Western Way Linkback:
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Picture: The Twelve Bens and Binn Chaónaigh, seen from the summit of Binn Mhór.
csd on Binn Mhór
by csd 7 Mar 2010
Seven years to the month, I return with a different perspective on Binn Mhór. I parked at D (L893 492), 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. Linkback:
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Picture: The impressive N slopes, as seen from the Western Way.
Some cliffs !!
by David-Guenot 6 Jun 2016
Thought I should share this pic of the N cliffs of Binn Mhor, taken from the Western Way, on the way back from my walk along the Eastern Maumturks (see track 3238). No wonder its name as this is an impressive mountain from both S and N sides. An interesting feature of this ridge is the contrast between the green pastures and hills to the N and the immense surface of rough bogland and its myriad of lakes to the S. Note that the light was much better on the way back from that angle. Linkback:
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