Slieve Bearnagh, Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
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Description

A beautiful, picturesque mountain with rocky tors at the summit with some interesting scrambling. The Mourne Wall crosses the summit of Slieve Bearnagh east to west. Paths lead to the cols on either side of the mountain, namely Pollaphuca to the west and Hare's Gap to the east. From the latter, one can also descend southwards to the head of the Ben Crom reservoir. The summit of Slieve Bearnagh is at 739m making it the 81st highest peak in Ireland and the fourth highest in the Mournes. The wall and the rock of the mountain is all granite.

From the start of the Trassey Track, follow the obvious track up towards the mountains. You will go through a few of double gates before you reach the open mountains. Look ahead and you will see Hare’s Gap (a saddle between Slieve Bearnagh and Slievenaglogh). Continue up the main Trassey Track and just before the path increases in gradient up towards the quarry, take the right hand track up towards the col between Slieve Meelmore and Slieve Bearnagh, where you meet the Mourne Wall. Cross the stile and turn left, following the Mourne Wall up Slieve Bearnagh which is a pretty challenging ascent with some rocky outcrops to maneouver. On the top make your way over to the Summit Tor for wonderful 360 degree views of the Mournes.

Panoramic view of the Mournes...
Beautiful day has just began...
The weather keeps changing...
Early morning in the Mournes...
Up following the Mourne Wall...
Panoramic view of Slieve Bearnagh
Lough Shannagh Mourne Mountains
Lough Shannagh Mourne Mountains January 2010
Waiting for a rider
Along the Mourne Wall
The Mourne Wall
The only orientation left...
Smooth transformation...
A sleeping giant
In the Mournes the weather can surprise you
Mournes Sleave Bearnagh January 2013
Mountain Stream
Ben Crom Reservoir and Sleave Bearnagh on the right
Snowy May 2013 in the Mournes
Heading towards Lough Shannagh
Ben Crom Reservoir