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Agnew's Hill Hill Antrim County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Olivine basalt lava Bedrock

Height: 474m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 9 Grid Reference: D32732 01806
Place visited by 66 members. Recently by: m0jla, MichaelG55, eamonoc, Fergalh, jlk, eejaymm, Geansai, Xiom5724, LorraineG60, stevebullers, Ulsterpooka, fingalscave, Gat, mazamegaza, jimmyread
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Longitude: -5.934481, Latitude: 54.846408 , Easting: 332732, Northing: 401806 Prominence: 289m,  Isolation: 8.3km
ITM: 732651 901794,   GPS IDs, 6 char: AgnwHl, 10 char: Agnews Hil
Bedrock type: Olivine basalt lava, (Upper Basalt Formation)

Agnew's Hill is probably the peak marked as Benwellerorie on Mercator's map of SE Ulster, 1595. Rory's Glen is a townland on the SE slopes, named after Rory Ogue McQuillan [OSM, vol. x, p. 118]. Benwellerorie may represent an anglicisation of *Binn Mhaol Ruairí, 'Rory's bare peak'. The English name is derived from the Agnews (Ir. Ó Gníomh), a family of Scottish stock who came to prominence in this area in the 17th century after the decline of the McQuillan's fortunes.   Agnew's Hill is the 647th highest place in Ireland.

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Picture: Looking north-west from the windswept summit of Agnew's Hill
slemish on Agnew's Hill, 2009
by slemish  7 Oct 2009
Agnew's Hill is somewhat underrated in my opinion. At an impressive 474m it is the fifth highest in Antrim, much higher than its more celebrated neighbour Slemish. I climbed it today for the first time on a beautifully clear afternoon. I took the A36 from Larne before turning right onto the Starbog road. The hill looks particularly impressive when approached from this direction as it drops steeply on this side. There is space to park at a little lay-by at Old Freehold, about 200m east of where the Ulster way crosses the Starbog road (329028 A). From here it's less than 150 vertical metres to the summit. Quite boggy on the initial approach but it soon dries up as you ascend. The climb was steep at first but got much easier after about 400m. I was very surprised to meet four grazing cows at about 430m, although they didn't seem in the least concerned by my presence. Agnew's Hill has quite a broad flat top which descends dramatically via rocky bluffs towards Larne. On a clear day like today the views from here were excellent. I could clearly make out the Ayrshire coast behind Ailsa Craig and Kintyre to the left. I would agree with pdtempan, the cairn on top of Agnew's Hill is by no means the highest point but from here the view from south-west to north-west was stunning with many Antrim summits visible - Carnearny, Big Collin, Slemish, Carncormick, Slievenanee and Trostan. The distant Sperrins loomed through the haze to the west, the outline of Slieve Gallion in particular easy to pick out. It was incredibly windy on top and I foolishly thought that it being early October, I could forgo the hat and gloves. Five minutes on the summit showed the folly of my ways so I quickly descended to the car by the same route. Total trip - an easy 1 hour walk. Linkback:
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Summit from Starbog .. by volsung   (Show all for Agnew's Hill)
Shapely scarply Sallagh Braes .. by simon3   (Show all for Agnew's Hill)
Wot, no comments? Let's see about that! Agnew's .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Agnew's Hill)
When we climbed Agnew's Hill on Sunday, condition .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Agnew's Hill)
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