Binevenagh is a mountain situated just off the North Coast.
It overlooks Limavady, Bellarena, Benone Beach, Downhill and Castlerock. It stretches over an area of over 6 miles with its highest point reaching an impressive 1,263ft. It is said to be named after the Celtic Chief Taircheltar, Foibhne whose son was also named Foibhne.
The younger Foibhne was said to have been killed on the mountain which resulted in locals naming it Binn Foibhne.
Binn Foibhne, translated into English becomes Binevenagh.
. The area has been classified as an Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). The Bishops Road runs along the mountain and leads you to one of the best-known tourist attractions associated with the area, Mussenden Temple. The temple itself sits on top of the Downhill Strand.
Park up on Leighery Road (C 703 313) adjacent to a sharp bend. Opposite is a gate leading into the forest, follow this path and take the first track to the left.
Follow this uphill for 1.5 KM, turn right onto forest road and head for the summit of Binevenagh. Pass the west side of the trout stocked artificial lake, then head NW towards the cliff edge.
Panoramic views from the summit stretch for miles. On a good day, the north coast is visible, as is Scotland and if the conditions are right gliders from Ulster Gliding Club will fill the skies above.
The surrounding slopes are home to a number of rare alpine plants and birds. Follow the path NW down to the forest, when you arrive at a track turn right and you will soon be back at the start.
Binevenagh is renowned for its impressive cliffs that provide a perfect alpine cliff ledge for many rare plants and mosses.
It is home also to a standing stone that has become known as the Finn MacCool’s Finger Stone, relating to the famous giant reputed to have lived in the area many years ago.
Take a scenic drive along Binevenagh and explore the panoramic views along Binevenagh Mountain and Lake. Marking the western extent of the Antrim Plateau, Binevenagh Mountain was formed 60 million years ago by molten lava.
The steep cliffs stretching over six miles, providing a stunning backdrop of panoramic views across the peninsula of Magilligan and dominating the skyline over the villages of Bellarena, Downhill, Castlerock and Benone beach. The surrounding slopes are home to a number of rare alpine plants and birds.
Gliding is a popular activity with members of the Ulster Guiding Club regularly filling the skies above.
Fishing on the artificial lake at the top of the mountain is popular also, especially for trout fishing.
During the month of July, the local Coleraine and District Motor Club run the Eagles Rock hill climbing event.
Binevenagh Lake, at the top of the mountain, is an artificial lake set in a forest area and overlooks Benone Strand.
Binevenagh – GOT backdrops
Binevenagh Mountain provided the scenic backdrop for Game of Thrones … but now these cliffs could be home to 21 wind turbines.
A stunning location near where the fantasy drama Game Of Thrones was filmed could soon be spoiled by a wind farm, campaigners in Northern Ireland claim.
Remote and beautiful Binevenagh Mountain overlooks the North Coast, but a proposal to site 21 wind turbines on it has caused fury among some local business owners.