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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 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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So many Binnians, so little time .. by group   (Show all for Slieve Binnian)
We set off on 20th February from Carrick Little C .. by kernowclimber   (Show all for Slieve Binnian) Picture about mountain Slieve Binnian in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Ben Crom Reservoir from Buzzard's Roost
wicklore on Slieve Binnian, 2008
by wicklore  26 Jul 2008
Carrick Little carpark at J 345219 A was the starting point for my Binnian walk. I followed the track up into the valley via a thoughtful stone stile.
I left the main track and kept close to the wall on my left as I started to climb. I ignored other walls that branched off. The views across the valley and over the Annalong Wood were great with Donard and Commedagh clearly visible to the north.
I eventually climbed over the wall at approx J 327234 C and headed towards Binnian East Top. A strong wind pushed me up to the summit. Great views to the south towards Slieve Foye and beyond.
I battled the wind back to the wall and followed it up to a stile at approx J 325233 D. I crossed the stile and headed off to a point between two summit tors. I decided not to just follow the wall as it seemed to head directly to a rocky tor which looked dangerous to climb.
I quickly reached the summit of Slieve Binnian. I enjoyed the amazing views and explored the tors. I expected to find the summit busy but there was no one there. Besides the lack of people I was also amazed at the lack of wildlife-are there no deer or hares in the Mournes?
I next headed to Binnian North Top and North Tor, admiring the celebrated Back Castles on the way.
I climbed the North Tor from the East side. It was a spectacular viewpoint and an excellent location for lunch. The first people I saw in the Mournes that day jogged past below- these Mountain Runners are a tough breed! Again I thought it a shame that so few appeared to be out enjoying these beautiful hills.
Next I dropped down to the track at J 321256 B, admiring the view of Ben Crom Reservoir from Buzzard’s Roost (J319253 E) on the way. My original plan to head home down the track was abandoned as I headed up Lamagan. Walking alone brings this freedom of deciding on a whim to alter a planned walk.
I found it tough going and I was glad to stop and chat to a couple on the way up. They eagerly named all visible summits, reminding me of my habit of offering to help every time I see a car stopped at Sally Gap in Wicklow with bewildered tourists poring over a map!
After Lamagan I headed NNE into the col at J 331267 F and up Cove. The top arrived quickly and I briefly enjoyed the view before heading back to the col and headed SE to find the marked track on the map. This brought me down the side of the bluffs in the area of J 334261 G where I saw rock climbers hard at work.
I saw people camping in the trees as I passed Annalong Wood which I thought was pleasant until I saw the remains of previous camps. Abandoned torn-down tents, rubbish, old fires and damaged trees. I then met a loud group of lads heading up from the carpark toting crates of beer.
However this didn’t spoil my 7+ hours of bliss in the Mournes. Reading various MV routes is great preparation but “getting out there” will always bring its own unique experiences! I only discovered Simon 3’s Walk Guide for a similar route on MV after my walk but I was happy with my choice! Trackback:
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Top of Binnian, close to the end of a long but ve .. by Jaak   (Show all for Slieve Binnian)
Slieve Binnian has several spectacular rocky summ .. by djouce   (Show all for Slieve Binnian)
The views towards Annalong from the summit of Bin .. by shippy   (Show all for Slieve Binnian)
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