Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your computer to facilitate operation. Cookies help us provide a better service to you. They are used to track general user traffic information and to help the website function properly.

Click to hide this notice for 30 days.
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.

Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Lyracappul: From the west

Monabrack: A real sting in the tail.

Lyracappul: Lyracappul from the south

Monabrack: From the South

Lake District: Hartsop Round

Lugnaquilla: A bulky mountain with many routes and long range views but hazards

Tragalee: Follow wall all the way

Carrauntoohil: Ireland’s highest – a steep-sided rocky cone in the western Reeks

Nore Valley Walk - Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny Castle

Brandon Peak: A pointed summit on a grassy, well-defined ridge with extensive vi

Lake District: Raven Crag

Purple Mountain: The highpoint of a small massif with stunning views and a jewel

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions and a privacy policy.
Read general information about the site.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks, shared GPS tracks or about starting places may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk.
See the credits and list definitions.
Video display
Mourne Mountains Area   N: Bearnagh 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,

Note: this list of places includes island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
Rating graphic.
Slieve Bearnagh Mountain Sliabh Bearnach A name in Irish (Ir. Sliabh Bearnach [PNNI], 'gapped mountain') Down County in NI and in Ulster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Granite granophyre Bedrock

Height: 739m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 29 Grid Reference: J31316 28034
Place visited by 755 members. Recently by: TimmyMullen, TipsyDempy, garybuz, tomodub, pinchy, Patbrdrck, gibneyst, flynnke, MichaelButler, childminder05, maryblewitt, Beti13, eiremountains, Leonas_Escapades, Claybird007
I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

Longitude: -5.988843, Latitude: 54.184159 , Easting: 331316, Northing: 328034 Prominence: 304m,  Isolation: 0.4km
ITM: 731268 828003,   GPS IDs, 6 char: SlvBrn, 10 char: SlvBrngh
Bedrock type: Granite granophyre, (Mourne Mountains granite)

One of the most recognisible peaks of Mourne and perhaps the only one that necessitates removing hands from pockets. Slieve Bernagh gets its name from the two rocky granite tors which crown the summit and the gap or saddle betweeen them.   Slieve Bearnagh is the 85th highest place in Ireland.

COMMENTS for Slieve Bearnagh (Sliabh Bearnach) << Prev page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next page >>  
Follow this place's comments
gingerbus on Slieve Bearnagh, 2010
by gingerbus  4 Mar 2010
So Sherpa Paul finally decides - "I'll come over to you". An inner voice thanked the mountain gods. I had gone from step-fast, shot past crag-fast and at this stage had become indisputably mountain-fast. We agreed that it was too dangerous to proceed upwards, and once we'd made a definite decision to descend, my mood lifted. I dug my heels into the snow, one tentative footstep after the other, zig-zagging down the side of Bearnagh. Sherpa Paul led the way whilst I followed, cautiously. We eventually made it down, avoiding the steps on the final leg by veering towards the gentler incline to the south-east.

Glad to be finally down at the gap, we spotted a group of lads preparing to embark, one of them happy out in his shorts in the sub-zero air. We stood there watching as they proceeded to swiftly ascend The Steps and mill up over the edge of the plateau and upwards out of sight. The Sherpa and I looked at each other for a moment, wished them better luck than we'd had, then silently headed back down from whence we came.

Trudging down along the Trassey, the snow slowly beginning to recede in the afternoon sun, the banter ranged from a considered analysis of the conditions we'd encountered up top, the shoulda-woulda-couldas of our decision to descend, to some light-hearted jeering from the Sherpa regarding my mist-fear. I was now in the lead and enjoying my reclaimed joie de vivre, when we suddenly came upon a group of young people being lead by an adult. Being the gentleman I am, I of course sidled over out of the way of this youthful group (my joyous impetus was too great to simply come to a halt) onto what I thought was a snow-free piece of heather. Now, there was a good reason that piece of ground wasn't covered in snow. I stumbled shin deep into the muddy water, the shock of which propelled me onwards and inwards. It's hard to maintain decorum when scrambling about in a muddy stream with a line of shocked teenagers frozen in surprise and gawking at you, but I did manage to stumble back to the track just at the end of the line, after spewing forth a few irreverent utterances, to which the guide could only counter an "Oh dear....". Quick as I could, I settled back into some sort of dignified stride as if it had never happened, only to have the Sherpa arrive beside me and proceed to crease himself up with laughter. "We'll stop here to take a break" the guide was heard to say, although whether that was to instruct his charges on a prime example of what *not* to do when mountain climbing, or to give himself a chance to recover from a fit of hysterics is hard to know. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
rogk on Slieve Bearnagh, 2003
by rogk  13 Jan 2003
Fairly energetic walk, but so worth it. On a clear day there's no place I'd rather be, and even in the fog it's breathtaking just wandering round between the tors. Majestic.
Best approach is from the Trassey Car Park, to the hare's gap then up the steps and follow the wall. Alternatively turn right off the trassey track and go past the slabs to the col, and there's a path of sorts that isn't on the map but leads to within 30m of the far west tor. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
boots on Slieve Bearnagh, 2006
by boots  3 Feb 2006
These Boots Where Made for Walking
Planning to take a fairly easy and safe walk, as I was alone, I headed to the Trassey track last Sunday. Always sure there'll be a few people around on a SUnday and the route is quite safe. I didn't fancy the usual predictable walk to Hare's Gap and then along the Brandy Pad, I decided to head right at the Ford, towards the saddle between Meelmore and Bearnagh, which I hadn't done before. I expected a fairly staid and unadventurous walk.
It was anything but. The water flowing down the path had become solid ice, covering every rock and stone on the path. The grassy bank, while crisp with frost underfoot, was a much safer option. Been there, had the crutches, so I stuck to the grassy bank, and even that was tricky in places. I was blown away by how the scene just opened up when I reached the stile. The views from the saddle were magnificent, Doan, Lough Shannagh and beyond. Should have been sensible and headed back down at this stage, what with the slight hangover, the late night etc. But, gave in to the temptation to climb to tBearnagh's summit tor. How could you walk away from that? The walk from the Trassey Track to the saddle is so gentle and gradual a climb that you don't realise how high up you are and how close to the top of Bearnagh.

One of those summits where you can wonder around, a lunar type of landsacpe which seems strangely removed, in a good way. If the views from the saddle were good, wow, the views from the top of Bearnagh were even better. Perfect view of Slievenaglogh, Diamond Rocks, Commedagh and Donard. The views from here on a perfectly clear day, really help you to put the Mournes in perspective, a great overview of where each is in relation to each other. I must say, the climb from the saddle to the top of Bearnagh was a bit hairy. I stayed relatively close to the wall, but had to move out a bit at times to avoid really difficult bits. Loose small stones under foot, with a fairly steep and rocky climb make it 'interesting' but I absolutely loved it. From the top I headed round towards the Hares Gap, taking in the stairs on my way and then back down the track to the car.
Really, one of the most interesting and satisfying walks I have ever had. As a girly, and on my own, it may have been a bit daft to head off alone, especially on the final bit of the ascent, but there were a few little groups of people around and it was a lovely clear day. I certainly wouldn't take it on on a very windy day, as I often feel myself being almost blown over by the force of the wind.

One of the best yet. I'll definitely be back to take some pictures and I'll definitely have someone with me. Sometimes a solitary walk is exactly what you need, but this is one of those to be shared and enjoyed with a good friend, a falsk of smething hot and a bit of choccy to keep the energy up. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Slieve Bearnagh (<i>Sliabh Bearnach</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
shippy on Slieve Bearnagh, 2005
by shippy  16 Jan 2005
Photo taken on our first visit to Bearnagh, its an amazing mountain for its views and the climb,
parked in the car park near Trassey bridge and followed the river up to Hares Gap , crossed the wall , turned right and climbed the steep steps and found the wall again ,followed it to the top. Had our lunch here and spent a while exploring the rocks and taking photos.We followed the wall towards Meelmore, its a very steep descent , keep to the left of the wall as there are dangerous drops on the right half way down. We got to the col and turned right and followed the track back to the river .We've climbed Bearnagh several times since and always get the same enjoyment . Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Slieve Bearnagh (<i>Sliabh Bearnach</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Navan Hillwalkers ascend S.Bearnagh in adverse conditions
CaptainVertigo on Slieve Bearnagh, 2005
by CaptainVertigo  24 Mar 2005
20:3:2005 The NAVAN HILLWALKING CLUB departed the bright and balmy Meath Capital (Editor's Note: er that'd be Trim but, for the sake of argument, we'll pretend its Navan...) at 8.30am. Yes folks, while the whole island FRIED in the intense heat of mid March, our cortege sped through frozen candy floss into the dark North. Could hardly see the tail lights of the car in front. But Captain P. "Shippy" was undaunted by the foggy dew. He calmly led a score of Meath's finest (Ed's Note: plus Germans and a Pole) along the Trassey Track up to Hare's Gap ( thats an easy walk for anyone), crossed the Mourne Wall and turned right for the summits of Ben Bearnagh. Fair dues to the guys who built that wall, which is a superb navigational aid, AND for taking the trouble to construct a staircase (this is true !!) to ease the initial climb to Bearnagh's summits !! I genuinely believed that the stone staircase was the recent work of the local Council and was mouthing on about the lack of stairs on the Southern hills when someone put me right. I dubbed the ascent from Hare's Gap to the Bearnagh peaks "physically challenging but not frightening" and this phrase was deemed suitable for publication by my colleagues at a summit meeting. Now folks visibility was poor but safety was assured because of accurate orienteering and the ever present wall (and indeed the magnificent sailing of our Shipp!). As we skipped and gambolled to the Tor (can't recall which of the twin peaks it was- sorry!!) the sun burst through for the first time and it was as if we were in an aeroplane looking down on the clouds, and we experienced moments of trancendence .

("Transcendence:Surpassing others; preeminent or supreme.
Lying beyond the ordinary range of perception.
Transcending the Aristotelian categories.
In Kant's theory of knowledge, being beyond the limits of experience and hence unknowable.
Being above and independent of the material universe. Used of the Deity.")

I found conditions under foot to be "good to very good". I have slipped and slid over many an Irish hill, but this was different. After a pleasant lunch the men withdrew a couple of hundred metres from the women to allow modesty to take its course. Our task now was to descend S.Bearnagh and ascend S.Meelmore. As we pondered the job ahead the cloud was pulled aside momentarily, like a curtain suddenly opened, and there before us stood Meelmore , seeming sheer and unclimbable, with vertical stone walls giving us a huge Harvey Smith. Did we baulk ?Did our intestines liquidate? Find out by moving to the Meelmore Page!!!! Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Slieve Bearnagh (<i>Sliabh Bearnach</i>) in area Mourne Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Bearnagh and North Tor to the Left.
mneary34 on Slieve Bearnagh, 2006
by mneary34  22 Sep 2006
This photo taken from Slieve Meelmore shows the Mourne wall and the big ascent of Slieve Bearnagh waiting on the other side. Heading up Bearnagh the route is to keep well right of the wall in the early stages because of the steep gradient. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
COMMENTS for Slieve Bearnagh (Sliabh Bearnach) << Prev page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next page >>
(End of comment section for Slieve Bearnagh (Sliabh Bearnach).)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2100 Summiteers, 1400 Contributors, Monthly Newsletter since 2007