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Slieve Binnian Mountain Sliabh Binneáin A name in Irish
(Ir. Sliabh Binneáin [PNNI], 'mountain of the small peak') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 745.9m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J32055 23314
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Longitude: -5.980057, Latitude: 54.141928 , Easting: 332056, Northing: 323314 Prominence: 281.88m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 731976 823320,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvBnn, 10 char: SlvBnn
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

Also simply known as Binnion/Binneán. Dominates views of the Mourne Mountains from Annalong and Kilkeel. The folklore of Mourne explains the name Beanna Boirche as 'peaks of Boirche', a personal name. This character is said to have ruled his kingdom from Slieve Binnian. The name Binneán refers to the rocky tors which outcrop along the summit ridge. E. Estyn Evans, in his book Mourne Country, gives the name of one of these tors as The Buckie. In a discussion of the boats used at Kilkeel and other ports along the Co. Down coast, he explains the name as follows: Other variants of the lugger which old salts speak of, all of them of Scottish types, were the Fifie, Zulu, Banff and Buckie. One of the lesser tors on the long spine of Slieve Binnian is known as the Buckie, a name which was meaningless to me until I saw it from the east against the sky and recognised a vessel in full sail [Estyn Evans, 159]. On the facing page is a sketch showing Slieve Binnian's backbone seen from the east including the Buckie.   Slieve Binnian is the third highest mountain in the Mourne Mountains area and the 80th highest in Ireland. Slieve Binnian is the third highest point in county Down.

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Picture: Slieve Binnian and Ben Crom Reservoir
 
mneary34 on Slieve Binnian, 2006
by mneary34  24 Sep 2006
Slieve Binnian is one long climb of over 500 metres from Ben Crom Dam. Initially a path leads north east to the col with Slievelamagan and then you follow the path due south up past Slieve Binnian North Tor to the summit. On the afternoon that we were there we could see the definite shape of the Sugar Loaf in the Wicklow Mountains. This photo shows the ascent from the dam at the far end of the reservoir to the summit in the far left. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/79/comment/2506/
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Picture: View from Binnian to the Back Castles and beyond
paulocon on Slieve Binnian, 2009
by paulocon  24 Aug 2009
2nd time up Binnian at the weekend. It's a nice wee climb from Carrick Little carpark. One note of caution though it you are moving onto Wee Binnian - stay well to the right of the wall on the initial part of the descent as it quickly leads onto dangerous slabs. As for Binnian itself, we were lucky to get intermittent clear skies at the summit and in those conditions, it really is a superb summit offering excellent views down onto the reservoir and across to Donard and it's nearby peaks. If you haven't climbed it yet and are planning to as part of a circuit, do yourself a favour and leave plenty of time to explore the expansive tors at the summit. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/79/comment/4046/
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Picture: Heading for Binnian
 
Starting Out
by paulocon  5 May 2010
I have been up Binnian on a few occassions now, the most recent being Monday 3rd May when I set off on the Mourne Wall Walk from Carrick Little carpark. Follow the track from the carpark and you'll meet the wall which offers a sure guide almost to the top, only giving way at the Summit Tor where it is replaced by a rusting wire fence for a short stretch.


From Carrick Little, it's about 3.5k to the top of Binnian and a decent pace will get you to the top in around 1 hour. Arriving at a very early hour, I had the whole summit to myself for the short while I delayed there before making the steep descent down towards Wee Binnian (stay away from the slabs at the top of Binnian!!). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/79/comment/4681/
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Picture: Taking in the Silent Valley from atop those infamous tors
Binnian from Carrick Little
by darrenf  7 Aug 2010
I followed the very sound advice provided by Wicklore and started at Carrick Little carpark J 345219 A. From here there is a clear track which can be used to take you into the valley. As the track peters out into less obvious grassy trails the wall can be used as a handrail. The only navigation required comes when you arrive at a stile at approx J 325233 B. You will note the wall seems to continue directly into one of the rock outcrops and at this point simly veer off and aim for a faint track between two rock tors which will take you directly onto the summit top.

From Binnian itself the obvious choice is Binnian North Top and North Tor with great views of Black Castles along the way. Buzzards Roost (J319253 C) offers great views of Ben Crom Reservoir and from here you can simply follow the track back through the Annalong Valley and pick up the main track back to Carrick Little Carpark. I had heard and read so much about Binnian and the infamous tors and I was by no means disappointed. I really enjoyed my time up on Binnian, a very unusual and pleasant mountain and I will definitely be back again soon...maybe hen, cock, pigeon and eagle next time round! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/79/comment/5990/
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Picture: Left the eastern track. Right the northern track.
 
Very different approaches to tracks.
by simon3  3 Sep 2012
Let's start with a great example of a mountain path. Descending Slieve Binnian East Top towards Carrick Little requires a fairly steep descent. On 18th Aug 2012 a group of us were on this leg of a longer route which you can see elsewhere on this site as Track 2001. A lot of the slope is rough mountainside which you will encounter if you want to visit any of Ireland's 60 summit areas. In the Mournes the natural hazards include big sometimes unstable granite boulders with occasional wet mushy areas, usually well tracked. By way of introductory contrast, other areas can have different and sometimes worse conditions. Not long ago I was descending an untracked summit which had a hundred metres descending through metre and a half tall rushes on a deeply channelled boggy surface. You couldn't see where your feet were and every step through the rushes provoked clouds of blood thirsty flies. The Mournes is a gentle introduction to Irish hillwalking by comparison.

On the left of the picture is a shortish stretch of track on the east slope of Slieve Binnian East Top. An unobtrusive but effective path isn't it? Something like crazy paving, flush with the surface so that vegetation can easily grow through it.

Now look at the new works on the path top right. This is on the north side of Slieve Binnian North Top. Much more visible isn't it? It has sharp regular edges standing above the surface. It's hard to see how the vegetation will ever soften the edges of the track. Anything so obviously constructed detracts from the near wilderness experience. It has brought a staircase to a hillside. By way of contrast, it would have to be said that there's far worse than this such as the railway sleepers that blot the landscape of some high usage parts of Wicklow. Nevertheless it is still unnecessarily obtrusive.

As of August 2012 the path continues up to the Slieve Binnian North Top and parts of the upper track were less obtrusive and less objectionable; thankfully the constructed does not continue towards Slieve Binnian. This north ridge leading to Slieve Binnian's main top is a unique wonder of Northern Ireland, because of the natural but apparently sculpted tors positioned as if in a work by a surrealist. It would be a huge shame if the straight high contrast lines of a modern planned track interfered visually with this.

Bottom right is a picture of a meeting to hear points of view about the works. The meeting raised various other questions such as how necessary are paths anyway and who exactly formed the consensus that these works were based on? Following discussion many of the walkers chose to avoid using the steps on the way up Slieve Binnian.

Can I remind readers that MountainViews does not have a party line on this issue and hasn't endorsed any particular point of view. Should you disagree with this comment or other comments you are free to respond here provided you stay within our published guidelines. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/79/comment/14793/
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paulocon on Slieve Binnian, 2009
by paulocon  15 Feb 2009
Second trip up to the Mournes and having previously climbed Donard, I read on several sources that Binnian was a far more rewarding experience and it is easy to see where this concensus comes from. We tackled Binnian from the Carrick Little car park. From there, a laneway gives way to the Mourne Wall which provides a guide straight to the top of Binnian. The feeling of arriving at the stunning Tor was akin to stepping back into a childhood playground, the large formations of rock giving plenty of scope for exploration and the views down to Silent Valley reservoir simply stunning. A walk across to the North Top takes you by the intriguing Back Castles and North Tor. Note that the descent down to the saddle with Slieve Lamangan, while offering superb views down to Ben Crom Resevoir, is quite eroded and slippy in places so take care. First walk of the year so decided not to climb Lamangan and took the walk back along Annalong Wood to the carpark. Highly recommended! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/79/comment/3592/
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