There is nothing better that a hike through Northern Ireland’s Mourne Mountains on a Spring or Summer’s day. The problem in Northern Ireland is there is no guarantee of good weather. On our previous visit up through Slieve Binnian we had to navigate our way off the mountain in literally zero visibility. This visit was different,it was cloudy but there was promise of some sun later and by the end of the day I was (sadly) sunburnt.
As is now tradition we caught the horses as we made our way from Carrick Little carpark through to the Mourne wall. I have captured the horses a few times (see Horses on the Mournes) and I honestly think they react when they see a camera.
Slieve Binnian is the third highest mountain in Northern Ireland at 747 metres (2,451 ft) and the route up is reasonably steep but the views at the top are worth the trek. We met a few parties from the USA and France on our way round and it’s funny how visitors celebrate the rain, thankfully, today, it was dry and clear at the top of the summit.
The journey down takes in views of Slieve Bearnagh , Ben Crom, Doan Mountain with Slieve Donard visible in the distance. The photo below shows Ben Crom Reservoir, Slieve Bearnagh and the Brandy Pad just visible through the valley.
You can find details of this hike on Viewranger but please note that routes are used at your own risk, it is important to be properly equipped when out on the mountains and are able to navigate in poor conditions.