Slieve Binnian

The view from Slieve Binnian, The Mournes

The Mournes are a tremendous place to spend the day, the same locations can appear completely different and new depending on the time of year and the type of weather the province is experiencing. Slieve Binnian (Sliabh Binneáin) is the third highest mountain in Northern Ireland at 747 metres (2,451 ft).

The rocky tors situated around the top of the mountain make it an obvious landmark when hiking in the Mourne Mountains and the area surround Binnian is stunning, even the initial section of the walk offers breath taking views of the hills and mountains with snow covered Slieve Donard just peaking through the distant summits.

Slieve Binnian Horses

Slieve Binnian is just beyond the famous Blue Lough so the walk commences in the same point with a rocky path leading the way through the valley. The stunning views continue as you pass the famous Blue Lough on our way to Binnian.

The Blue Lough

The same day last year we made the walk from silent valley through to the Ben Crom dam that can just be seen in the distance (in the image below) and it was a stunning spot to stop for lunch and watch the clouds roll over the hills into the valley. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a day out if I did use the X100T’s panorama feature to capture the scene.

Ben Crom

It is difficult to capture the sheer vastness and scale of the views in every direction, The Ben Crom dam looks small in the distance, constructed in 1953 it supplies most of the tap water to County Down and Belfast. Click here to see the front of the Ben Crom dam.

Ben Crom Dam

I packed the X100T and X-T1 with 14mm lens. I used the X100T to document the journey and the X-T1 to gain the wider shots of Ben Crom reservoir. Check out some additional photographs of the mournes in the flickr set.


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David is a documentary and landscape photographer covering everything from dramatic long exposure landscape photography through to live music. David is a former Official Fujifilm X Photographer.

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