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

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Wee Binnian Hill Broinn Bhinneáin A name in Irish (Ir. Broinn Bhinneáin [PNNI], 'breast of Binneán') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 460m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J31685 22582
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Longitude: -5.986045, Latitude: 54.135501 , Easting: 331685, Northing: 322582 Prominence: 45m,  Isolation: 0.8km
ITM: 731605 822594,   GPS IDs, 6 char: WBnn, 10 char: We Binian
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Wee Binnian is the 694th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Wee Binnian (<i>Broinn Bhinneáin</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Walkers approaching Wee Binnian by the track above Binnian Cross Roads.
A distinctive, small, craggy topped hill.
Short Summary created by Harry Goodman  23 Jul 2012
This is a top that is seldom visited by hill walkers in it's own right but rather as an additional top on an ascent of Slieve Binnian. Two approaches are suggested, the first of which, from the Silent Valley Reservoir Car Park, involves a charge, and the second from Binnian Cross roads with no charge! Route 1: From the car park walk N towards the reservoir and then take a track into the trees on the right to pick up a boundary wall J308214 starA. Cross over and follow another wall going NE uphill crossing the minor summit of Moolieve en route. Continue gently down along the line of the wall before climbing up steeply to Wee Binnian's craggy top and fine views down to the reservoir and it's surrounding peaks and S across the long shoulder of Eagle Mt, Shanlieve and Finlieve to the more distant Sleve Foye. Some 4k out and back. Route 2: Park at the roadside J324212 starB, taking care not to block access for traffic, and go N along a good stone track, to it's end and then over the Cross Water stream to pick up a less distinct but clear track up to a col and stone wall. Follow the wall steeply SW to the top. Apart from the short climb from the col this is a walk with a gentle ascent and is just over 4k out and back. Linkback: Picture about mountain Wee Binnian (<i>Broinn Bhinneáin</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Wee Binnian (L) and Slieve Binnian (R), viewed from the track.
csd on Wee Binnian, 2009
by csd  25 Jan 2009
I approached Wee Binnian from the south, parking the car at the start of the track at J32387 21191 starC. I headed north, following the track as far as J32350 22011 starD, heading NW across the boggy grass to the gap between Wee Binnian and Slieve Binnian. Very straightforward navigation, and some nice views from the summit. I then followed the wall NE to the main Binnian summit area. Linkback:
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Tour of the Silent Valley
by hbowman  16 Aug 2010
I climbed this mountain last saturday as part of a circuit tour of the Silent Valley. Starting at the head road, we followed the Mourne wall up Slievenaglogh which offered amazing views of the Silent Valley and Ben Crom reservoir. We made our way through a pathless, heathery valley towards Miners Hole River. After crossing the river, the Silent Valley became visible again as we headed along a path toward Ben Crom river. After crossing the latter, we were virtually level with the waters of the Silent Valley. Thereafter, we climbed the steps towards Ben Crom Dam. At the top of the steps, Ben Crom reservoir appeared, as we made our way toward the Lamagan/Binnian colony. We then began the ascent of my favourite part of the walk - the back castles of Binnian. It is quite steep at the start, but it does become considerably flatter at the North Tor. For those considering doing this walk for the first time, be sure to look back through the tors towards the eastern Mournes. It is possible to see Donard sandwiched between the Back Castles. As we approached the South Tor, an amazing panorama occured. Previously, I had been advised that when the sun shines on a particular mountain, a shadow of that mountain may be cast into the nearby valley. I witnessed this phenomena as Lower Cove cast its shadow into the Annalong Valley. The shadow reached as far as the Hare's Castle. Upon reaching the South Tor, the Silent Valley became visible. The South Tor has to be one of the Mournes gems. I would be hard pushed to name another mountain which has such extensive views. Hikers can not only see most of the Mourne mountains, but also, on a clear day, the Isle of Man, Great Sugar Loaf of the Wicklow mountains and the Carlingford Hills may be identified. Thereafter, we started the descent towards Wee Binnian, keeping the wall to our left and the Silent Valley to the right. This was the trickiest part of the walk, but one which offers amazing views towards the Irish Sea. After crossing over a stile, we passed through the keyhole in Wee Binnian. At this point, the Silent Valley becomes hidden, but it is possible to see Doan. After coming through the keyhole, we continued the descent toward Moolieve. Eventually, we came to stile. Before climbing, the whole of the Silent Valley once again become visible with Slievenaglogh in the background. We continued toward a nearby forest which had a lane. The lane took us across the front of the Silent Valley - great views toward Binnian, Slievenaglogh, Doan, Ben Crom, Slieveloughshannagh. The full walk is approxiamately 10 miles, but one which I would strongly recommend as it had so many treasures - views of both reservoirs from Slievenaglogh, Ben Crom reservoir, extensive views from Binnian and through the Back Castles, Lower Cove's shadow towards Hare's Castle, the keyhole of Wee Binnian, the view of Silent Valley from Moolieve - being the most notable. This was arguably the best day walk I've ever had in the Mournes. Linkback:
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Picture: Little Wee Binnian as viewed from across the Silent Valley Reservoir
wicklore on Wee Binnian, 2009
by wicklore  18 Nov 2009
Wee Binnian is a little stump of a hill that sits very much in the shadow of its bigger neighbour, Slieve Binnian. It is an outcrop of granite that juts out of the southern slope of Slieve Binnian, and the Mourne Wall dutifully runs over it on its way to/from Slieve Binnian.

Starting from the Silent Valley Reservoir car park (4.50 for relatively secure parking, Euro not accepted) I found a track near the duck pond which led through the trees to the start of the Mourne Wall. A stile gets you over another wall to begin the haul up alongside the main Mourne Wall. It is then a simple case of following the wall up and over Moolieve, and on to Wee Binnian. The views open up of the Silent Valley, with Slievenaglogh featuring prominently on the other side of the reservoir. Near the summit of Wee Binnian tracks skirt to the left to avoid steep mini-cliffs of granite. The summit is one large lump of granite with the usual cracks, striations and hollows of erosion. The steep slope of mighty Binnian looms immediately to the north and almost overwhelms this little lump. Further afield Doan, Carn Mountain and Slieve Muck rise in the bog to the NW. Knockchree and Slieve Foye appear out of the clouds to the SW, while to the south and east flat farmland leads to the sea. However the best views are the immediate ones - Slieve Binnian, the reservoir below and Slievenaglogh.

The ramble up and down from the car park took under two hours. Even though I was so close to the busy park below no one else had ventured up so it was quite peaceful. Linkback:
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Picture: The summit area
A wee gem.
by Colin Murphy  16 Jul 2020
Followed CSD's route from the south as far as J32350 22011 starD but then continued a little north to another track that took us almost all the way to the summit. It may not be the highest of hills, but it has a fine, well-defined summit - the classical conical shape and is topped by a small area of massive boulders. Great views all round, and an excellent stopping off point for taking on the other Binnians. Linkback:
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Picture: Meet the Binnians!
Forever in the shade
by paulocon  7 May 2010
Despite passing by Wee Binnian now on a few occassions, I have never felt the need to climb to it's summit proper. Wee Binnian is very much in the shadow of it's bigger brother. I bypassed the summit proper while doing a round of the Mourne Wall aiming for the prominent gap to the left of the wall. Must make an effort to scale it's rocky summit when next passing by! Linkback:
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