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Mourne Mountains Area   W: Spelga 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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Butter Mountain Mountain Sliabh an Ime A name in Irish, also Slievenamuck an extra name in English (Ir. Sliabh an Ime [PNNI], 'mountain of the butter') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate Bedrock

Height: 500m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J27480 27975
Place visited by 258 members. Recently by: Magic, Carolineswalsh, Krzysztof_K, Timmy.Mullen, Lyner, ElaineM76, TommyMc, NualaB, Florence, Arcticaurora, John.geary, Mark1, childminder05, Paddym99, Bob-the-juggler
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Longitude: -6.047975, Latitude: 54.184827 , Easting: 327480, Northing: 327975 Prominence: 95m,  Isolation: 1.3km
ITM: 727407 827969,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BtrMnt, 10 char: BtrMntn
Bedrock type: Mudstone, greywacke & conglomerate, (Deep marine turbidite sequence)

The name 'Butter Mountain' is not a reference to EU surpluses. It probably comes from the practice of burying butter to preserve it. It was used by people who tended cattle in the mountains during the summer. [Mícheál Ó Mainnín]   Butter Mountain is the 571st highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Butter Mountain from the east.
A short but rewarding climb.
Short Summary created by simon3, Harry Goodman  5 May 2012
For a short and simple walk up this hill park at Spelga Dam J268 273 starA. Walk a short way (E) along the road to a track on the left J269 273 starB. Follow this part of the way uphill before striking out NE on a grassy track to gain the high point J2747827981 starC. For modest effort there are rewarding views from the top. East and north to the line of the high Mournes from Slieve Muck to Slieve Meelmore. To the SE over Spelga Dam Pidgeon Rock, Slievemoughanmore and Eagle Mt stand out and nearer at hand Slievenamiskin, Cock and Hen Mts. For an alternatively route park at the Blue Quarry (Ott Track) car park on the Slievenaman Road J280 279 starD. Take the stone steps up from the back of the car park and once over the wooden stile go up W to the top. Once there, for a looped walk, descend by way of the route up from Spelga Dam. Once down at the road go left up to the road junction where another left turn will soon lead back to the start. Linkback:
craiglynn666 on Butter Mountain, 2004
by craiglynn666  15 Jun 2004
I recently did my bronze duke of ed. we started from meelmore lodge, a little lodge with a beautiful morning view of lukes mountain and hare's gap. we hiked to the northern foot of butter mountain and trekked over it to spelga dam. we continued east along the road and went round ott mountain and over the saddle between meelbeg and loughshannagh. beautiful views of doan and part of ben crom reservoir there. we could also see donard. magnificent. we went round meelbeg and went over another saddle between meelbed and bernagh down to fofanny. we hiked along the ulster way and up the trassy track to the camp half way up.
day two and we went down trassy and into tollymore. through tollymore via the southern paths and up the drinns (i cringe at the word!) and out over the plain between tollymore and donard park. through donard park via greenhill YMCA centre and past donard bridge. continuing on through and down out to maggie's leap. an amazing 2 days. the hardest part being the drinns believe it or not. a piece of advice - don't do the drinns in segments, i.e. taking a break every few minutes, like our group did. do it in one go and get it over and done with. then have a good break at the top, with a spectacular view over to, i think, dromore. nicest view - through the saddle between meelbed and loughshannagh Linkback:
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Picture: Perfect Training Ground
CaptainVertigo on Butter Mountain, 2006
by CaptainVertigo  5 Mar 2006
A healthy adult ought to make it to the summit of Butter Mountain from the Spelga Dam Car Park in about ten minutes! There's a big reward in terms of views for practically no effort. I brought John(7) and Peter(5) there today, and, really, its a super safe training ground for little people. They have mini walking poles which they love because it gives them that authentic "mountaineer" feeling. I can't think how you'd injure yourself on that grassy slope...short of being dropped from a helicopter head first. The photo shows the wee folk ascending Butter mountain. John's the one with the GPS !!! Linkback:
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Alex92 on Butter Mountain, 2007
by Alex92  13 Apr 2007
I did Butter yesterday while waiting to be picked up in the Ott/Blue Quarry car park, after I camped on the shores of Loughshannagh. It's a nice enough wee dander, and as said in previous contributions, it does provide some great views of Spelga dam, Fofanny dam, Bearnagh, Ott, Carn and the other surrounding mountains, without requiring much effort. Best approach is from Ott/Blue Quarry carpark. Ascend up the granite path to the style, and follow the grassy trail to the summit. Gaiters may be needed, as I found out when the whole of my lower right leg sunk into a bog... not nice! Butter is a good introduction if you're looking to use it in a lengthly walk, and it's a good "training ground" for smaller kids as suggested by CaptainVertigo. One word of warning though: Whatever you do, DO NOT ever leave your car over night in the Ott car park. Recently a car was burnt out after being left over night, and I have had my own experiences where a relative of mine had their car broken into. Alternatively arrange for someone to drop you off and pick you up if you are camping, or use the Mourne Rambler bus service. But parking for daytrips should be fine, just take caution. Linkback:
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Picture: The Goat bidding me farewell or else he just wants food off me!
wicklore on Butter Mountain, 2008
by wicklore  13 Oct 2008
Butter Mountain should have been a quick up and down from the Blue Quarry/Ott car park. However I was distracted by a pure white goat that clearly wanted to follow me. It was only short of clambering over the stile with me which is on the path leading from the car park. When we said our goodbyes at the stile I hauled myself up to the summit trying to get into the “Healthy Adult will do it in 10 minutes” bracket as posted by CaptainVertigo. My previous long hike in the Mournes had made me unhealthy and it took about 18 minutes from the carpark! Nice views of the Spelga Dam and across to cloud topped Meelbeg and Slieve Loughshannagh. Billy Goat awaited below and I knew I had a healthy snack to share with him so I bade farewell to Butter Mountain and the Mournes until another day. Linkback:
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Picture: View W from Butter mt, Cock and Hen mts in foreground.
Following the Mourne Way over Butter Mt.
by Harry Goodman  8 Nov 2011
As described in other members comments there is a short and easy way to climb Butter Mt. There is however a more rewarding alternative route which follows part of the Mourne Way. Starting at the Blue Quarry (Ott Track) car park J280 279 starD the route is fully described in the WalkNI web site and in an illustrated booklet which can be requested on line. There are fine views NE to the high Mournes and, as the walk follows the wide U shaped ridge on the top of Butter Mt and turns SW Cock and Hen Mts in the Western Mournes and Slieve Gullion in Armagh come into view. On reaching the Spelga Pass road J260280 starE turn left and at the T junction left again to walk back to the start. If you have two cars leave one at the Spelga Dam Car Park and avoid the road walk back. Linkback:
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