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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 79th highest in Ireland. Slieve Binnian is the third highest point in county Down.

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Picture: Approaching the summit tor on Slieve Binnian
kernowclimber on Slieve Binnian, 2010
by kernowclimber  21 Feb 2010
We set off on 20th February from Carrick Little Car Park at around 2.00pm for the summit of Slieve Binnian. The weather was calm, cold but sunny. The Mournes were fog free, but a bank of fog out on the Irish Sea was edging towards the Isle of Man and another was encroaching slowly from the direction of Newry.
We made our way along a muddy farm road and across a stile to continue up the Annalong Valley walking parallel to a fence and then close to the Annalong Woods. The track was quite rugged underfoot and boggy in places but infinitely preferable to the ‘pathway’ the National Trust has laid on the route up to Slieve Donard from Newcastle. As we advanced it became quite icy underfoot and day old snow adhered to the rocks and vegetation on and near the path.
Close to Blue Lough which was frozen, we took the left-hand path towards the saddle between Slievelamagan and North Tor. There is a large boulder here that is fun to clamber onto and offers fine views over the Ben Crom Reservoir. We scrambled up a steep rocky pathway covered with snow towards North Tor, deviating slightly at the top to take in the fabulous view down over the Ben Crom Reservoir. Freshly made rabbits’ paw prints were imprinted in the snow that crisply covered the hillside and glistened magically in the late afternoon sunshine. By now a blanket of impenetrable fog was making its way stealth-like from the direction of the Silent Valley and was slowly encroaching on the Ben Crom Reservoir.
We climbed higher and passed beneath the towering hulk of North Tor towards the Back Castles that were encrusted in snow and small icicles and looked as if they had been foam blasted. Squeezing through a narrow gap between two huge boulders we gained our first view of a frigid Binnian Lough and Slieve Binnian above with its jagged tors drifting in and out of view like an apparition through wisps of fog being blown up from the valley below.
We followed the ridge towards the summit through quite thick snow that had drifted in places, scrambling up onto the tor as the sun was beginning to set. From the summit we were exhilarated to find that we were looking down on dense cloud as if from an airplane. Illuminated eerily by the setting sun, the fog had surrounded Slieve Binnian and only the tops of the highest mountains including Slieve Donard and Slieve Bearnagh were visible.
We made our descent eastwards from the summit down a steep and very slippery snow covered rocky slope to the Mourne Wall that we followed down in the twilight to the iron gate and the stile to connect with the path leading back to the car park. This was undoubtedly the best winter walk we have made so far this winter which took us just under 5 hours. The ruggedness and majesty of the Mournes is breathtaking and apart from one or two walkers in the valley, we had the hills entirely to ourselves. Linkback:
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Carrick Little carpark at J 345219 C was the .. by wicklore   (Show all for Slieve Binnian)
Slieve Binnian has several spectacular rocky summ .. by djouce   (Show all for Slieve Binnian)
Top of Binnian, close to the end of a long but ve .. by Jaak   (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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