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Bencullagh Mountain An Chailleach A name in Irish
(Ir. An Chailleach [OSI], 'the hag') Galway County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 632m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L75576 53724
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Longitude: -9.876639, Latitude: 53.518942 , Easting: 75576, Northing: 253724 Prominence: 154m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 475552 753746,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnc632, 10 char: Bencullagh
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

A woman known as Cailleach an Chlocháin, 'the witch of Clifden', was a famous character in the 19th century.   An Chailleach is the 224th highest place in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain An Chailleach in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Enjoying the splendour at the summit cairn
 
Part of an E-W or W-E route
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy,  24 Jun 2014
This approach is part of a longer route taking in Benbaun, Benfree and Muckanaght to the east and Maumonght and Maumonght SW Top to the west. Parking on road at L817566 A, approx. 2km north of Lough Inagh. Proceed 1km SW directly up minor top called Knockpasheemore, steepish ascent mostly over short grass. From this top, continue SW for 3km first across grass, the terrain becoming increasingly rocky and steep as you ascend Benbaun. From here turn NW for 1km, the ascent of Benfree being fairly gentle. Continue SW for 1km to the summit of Muckanaght, and from there 1km SWW to Bencullagh, the ascent being relatively easy. Summit marked by large cairn. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/226/comment/4986/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain An Chailleach in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Beefy Bencullagh
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by wicklore  8 Jun 2010
When approaching from Muckanaght, the climb up to Bencullagh is not as steep or high as the previous climb up to Muckanaght from Benfree. Neither are its northern slopes as steep or rugged as Muckanaght. That being said, it is still an impressive mountain and has great views back to Benbaun, Benbreen and Bencollaghduff, as well as distant views to the myriad lakes leading to Roundstone. Bencullagh also offers a fantastic viewpoint both into the Polladirk and Owenglin River valleys which are to the north and south of it respectively. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/226/comment/5861/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain An Chailleach in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
 
simon3 on An Chailleach, 2003
by simon3  11 Oct 2003
An October view of the summit and its mighty cairn. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/226/comment/712/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain An Chailleach in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Reflected summits.
simon3 on An Chailleach, 2008
by simon3  2 Jan 2008
An Chailleach/ Bencullagh, central in this December picture, has whitish quartzite scree slopes reminiscent of just a few other places in Ireland including some of the nearby Bens / Turks and the more distant Great Sugar Loaf (WIcklow) and Errigal. Underfoot the bog is thin and lumps of the quartzite speckle the ground.

The summit to the right, Muckanaght unusually for the Bens has a schist top and its seasonally brown vegetation cover is much more complete, very clear in this view taken from beside one of the many Roundstone Bog lakes. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/226/comment/2932/
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