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Ben Gorm Mountains Area
Maximum height for area: 700 metres,   Summits in area: 3,   Maximum prominence for area: 670 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 37 For all tops   Highest summit: Ben Gorm, 700m
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Ben Gorm Mountain An Bhinn Ghorm A name in Irish
(Ir. An Bhinn Ghorm [MNIMA*], 'the blue peak') Mayo County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 700m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L86244 65244 This summit has been logged as climbed by 199 members. Recently by: strangeweaver, john_gavin, polovirus, On-the-hills, crankechick, pcnovice, maike, mountainmike, simoburn, GSheehy, chalky, fingal, melohara, juliewoods, CharlieFox
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Longitude: -9.718277, Latitude: 53.625019 , Easting: 86244, Northing: 265244 Prominence: 670m,   Isolation: 1km
ITM: 486338 765284,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnGrm, 10 char: Ben Gorm
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

An Bhinn Ghorm is a mountain name which occurs 3 times in Co. Mayo. Ir. gorm is usually translated 'blue', but Breandán S. Mac Aodha suggests that 'iron-grey' is closer to the true meaning in such mountain names (MNIMA, 149). Walks: for a route taking in Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 60-61.   Ben Gorm is the highest mountain in the Ben Gorm Mountains area and the 111th highest in Ireland. Ben Gorm is the most southerly summit in the Ben Gorm Mountains area and also the most easterly.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Ben Gorm in area Ben Gorm Mountains, Ireland
Picture: pic: rmilne
Flattish Summit - highest point of the range
Short Summary created by Onzy,  26 May 2014
Ben Gorm is the most southerly peak in the compact range of hills that form the Ben Gorm Mountains.

The classic approach to this hill would be a part of a circuit taking in Ben Gorm, Ben Creggan and Ben Creggan South Top and making use of the long raking spurs that extend eastwards from Ben Gorm and Ben Cregan. However, completing the entire circuit will involve a long trek through bog to the east of the main ridge as well as potentially a difficult crossing of the Glendavock and/or Lugayeran rivers.

There are a number of possible starting points. The first, from Aasleagh Falls (L89342 64412 A), to the south where there is ample parking. From here, head up between a double row of fences until meeting the ridge line of the most southern spur and head west keeping the coum on your right. This approach should take about 2 hours. Another starting point is at the eastern end of the northern spur, (around L888 673 B), heading onto the spur, then west to Ben Creggan, over its south top and onto Ben Gorm about 2.5 hours). A third starting point is at Delphi Lodge (L840 650 C) heading straight for the summit - approx. 1 hour.

Views in all directions are stunning. The large cairn does not mark the summit. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/4870/
The sting in the tail...........
by millsd1  11 Aug 2013
Parked at entrance to forest above Tawnyard Lough L914678 D and proceeded westwards along the road to L888673. Then turned south to access (through a few hundred metres rough clear felled forest) the rocky northern spur leading to summit of Ben Creggan. We started the walk in rain and poor visibility but conditions had improved dramatically by the time we summited Creggan, it was well worth the effort.

From there proceeded to Ben Creggan S. Top and Ben Gorm before descending via the 6km long central spur. As other members have commented, there are great views of all the surrounding ranges and I'm not going to try and improve on their descriptions. The purpose of this comment is to high-light a couple of potential hazards at the lower (eastern) end of the central spur.

Our intention was to descend the central spur and link up with the Western Way to return to the car. The plan was to leave the spur at about L915666 E and descend to the southern most of the two parallel east/west forest tracks shown on the map south of Derrintin Lough . The tracks could be clearly seen from this vantage point and while they looked a bit overgrown, they appeared viable. They aren't! Closer inspection revealed impenetrable rough terrain.
The second hazard is the 5 strand fence bordering the southern edge of the forest from about L917666 F to L931671 G. It's electrified and packs quite a kick. Ensure you hand-rail this fence metaphorically rather than literally!

The sensible route is to stick to the crown of the spur all the way to / from L931671 G. You'll still have to cross the fence but there is an insulated section here to facilitate this.
Also, watch out for a single live supply wire at waist height joining the fence from the south at about L928668 H. You can duck under this one though.

Notwithstanding the difficulties encountered near the end, this is a truly memorable ridge walk and one that I will repeat. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/15063/
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Picture: View of Killary Harbour from the slopes of Ben Gorm as the sun sets
mcrtchly on Ben Gorm, 2009
by mcrtchly  25 Jun 2009
A great evening climb of Ben Gorm, still on the summit at 9pm and got down as it was getting dark. Access from the Ashleagh Falls car park was a little difficult. The start of the route described by Lynam is along the track besides the falls - this is no longer accessible as the gate was locked and the road marked Private. The alternative is to take the route between the two lines of fences running up the hillside from the car park. Note that the ground is wet in places and you should stick mainly close to the left fence. A gate at the end of the line of fences leads on to the hillside. Beware of long grass as annoying tussocks which make the progress very slow until the ridge line is reached. The climb along the ridge is steep in places and you can scramble on the rocks if you wish. Found the 'real' summit using GPS co-ordinates given by rmilne. Cloudless evening with great views of Killary, Twelve Pins. and Clare Island. A highly recommended climb. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/3885/
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Picture: long ridge from Tawnyard Lough
gerrym on Ben Gorm, 2008
by gerrym  30 Mar 2008
I have tackled Ben Gorm from the south with the relatively short and easy climb from Ashleagh falls. For this walk I approached from the north, taking in the long central ridge rising near Tawnyard Lough. The start of the walk is reached through the beautiful Glenummera valley which has the Sheeffry Hills towering above its northern side and the Ben Gorm mountains on it southern side. Park at entrance to forest above Tawnyard Lough (914678) where there is parking for several cars and an informative information board on the area. Follow the track down into the forest, take turn to right and follow roughly hewn track as crosses bridge and river flowing into Lough. Continue until leave the forest and take the open ground to the right which leads onto the 6 km ridge to the summit of Ben Gorm. A fence leads for quite a distance and if the magnificent scenery isn't doing the trick a quick hold will provide a jolt to the senses. The ground is quite wet until reach point 356m (897662 I), from here there is a slight descent before firmer rockier ground starts. The ridge begins to narrow and there are big drops into the river valley to the north and the corrie to the south containing little Lugaharry Lough. There are good views north to the Sheeffrys (shrouded in mist) and to the two tops of Ben Creggan, south the Devilsmother rises dramatically from the Eriff river valley, with the Bens and Mamturks in the distance. The ridge gives a great feeling as it narrows and becomes rockier. Numerous stops were taken to look back along the length of the ridge and to the surrounding high and low ground - breathtaking! I stuck to the northern side as curved around passing a cairn on its way to the summit cairn itself (a walk of nearly three hours and no one else to bump into). Mist was floating around the top so I only had glimpses of the views to the Twelve Bens across Killary Harbour. From the top it is a drop down NW passing another small cairn on the drop to the col with Ben Creggan S Top. (see for next part of walk). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/1285/
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Picture: Middle descent ridge
A super day out
by david bourke  28 Sep 2011
Climbed Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan on the 25th September 2011. Commenced at Killary and made ascent to the ridge via the double line of fences from the car park. Rather wet at start but once on the ridge it was a gentle pull up on to the summit on good terrain. Continued on to Ben Creggan. Got hit by a hail storm on the initial climb to the spot height 687 but by the time the main summit was reached the sun shone and with strong winds the wet gear soon dried out. Returned on to the summit cairn of Ben Gorm and descended the central ridge shown in picture. It was then a short descent off this ridge to cross the Lugayeran River and final return down over the long tussocky grass to the car park near the Ashely Falls. Started at 11am and finished at 5pm. It is a most rewarding climb and the views of Mweelrea, The Sheefrys,Devilsmothers, Maumstrasna are unrivaled. Ashley Briege Car park IL893 644 J Ben Gorm Cairn IL862 652 K. Ben Creggan Spot Height 687 IL858 660 L. Ben Creggan Summit Cairn IL857 666 M. Central Spur exit point IL883 657 N. Lugayeran River Crossing IL886 650 O Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/6534/
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weedavie on Ben Gorm, 2003
by weedavie  24 Jul 2003
If you follow Lynam’s Irish walks on this one you stand a chance of missing the summit, falling over a huge buttress, missing the best fun on the mountain and traversing a swamp that makes the Dead Marshes look like the turf at Hampden Park. It tells you the cairn doesn’t mark the summit but doesn’t tell you where the summit is (200 metres W, there’s now a cairn). It tells you that you need to be accurate in navigating off but gives you no clues. (the centre ridge is about 700 metres E from the lower cairn.) It omits to mention a good sized minor summit on the way to Ben Creggan (only a couple of hundred feet and it’s obvious on the map but I was careless so I got disappointed.) But worst is the recommendation to go down the ridge and cross the swamp. Returning to Ben Gorm and going down the centre ridge (wonderful, narrow but not steep as described) you can look on the horrors of the swamp. You can also note the very steep reascent to the ridge. The swamp route is described as 300 feet more than the Ben Gorm only route. The truth is nearer 1000 feet (much the same as returning to Ben Gorm). This was a great day out in spite of regular downpours and I do appreciate this is a small aberration in a book which has given me a lot of fun and information. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/110/comment/586/
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