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simon3: Track 4679 in area near Binn Mhairg, Maamturks (Ireland)
Second quarter of Turks, via direct route up Binn Mhairg and SW descent
Length: 13.0km, Creator time taken: 7h19m, Ascent: 898m,
Descent: 963m

Places: Start at L89277 49548, Binn Mhairg, Binn Chaonaigh, Binn idir an dá Log (mullach thoir theas), Binn idir an dá Log, end at L87473 47720 2.6km SW from Start
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A different start via Binn Mhairg
If you are used to the Maamturks walk then you will be aware of the route from Mamean straight to Binn Chaonaigh. Steep and hard. However we wanted to also visit Binn Mhairg and it turns out that it is relatively easy to go directly to that mountain by contouring north-east and gradually rising.
Contouring NE from Mám Éan you will see the ridge on the centre skyline which stretches from the Binn Mhairg to the left and off the picture.

You will also get to see the huge cliffs of the north side of Binn Mhairg.
The cliffy north side of Binn Mhairg


From the top of Binn Mhairg, positioned as it is so far north you can get a great view of the first quarter of the 'Turks.
Views from Binn Mhairg to the first quarter of the 'Turks. From right skyline to left: Binn Mhór W, Binn Mhór with its massive steep descent to Mamean, Binn Mhór's two eastern tops then Mullach Glas, Corcóg and finally and faintly, Lackavrea.

The cemetery path
Our route took us then to Binn Chaoinaigh, over the fine quartzite chippings that make the path look like a cemetery and then heading up the various tops of Binn Idir an da Log (BIADL). But before that we saw this curious pattern in the scree slope on the east side of BIADL.
Dustin the Turkey can be seen very clearly here.

The route up BIADL has been described well before and is routine enough. We were measuring as we went and found that BIADL, the highest point on the Turks is 701.977m, confirming the heights given by both OSI and East-West which are 702m
Steep descent to the SW
As you can see, we decided to descend to the SW rather than go to Mám Ochoige. This isn't trivial since it is steep and the only tracks to be found are occasional animal tracks. There is hanging valley with a bottom of around 476m. You could anticipate a glorious corrie lake here, but no, it is more like a 'corrie puddle'.
There is a stream that flows over the lip of the corrie known as Abhainn Bhuí which forms something of a handrail for navigation though you need to keep some distance from it.
One of a number of waterfalls on the way down.

Eventually you reach the public road at a deserted school building, which appears to have been most recently used as a church. There is some parking available here.

Uploaded on: Mon, 30 May 2022 (12:23:38)
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