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Beennabrack Mountain Macha na gCab A name in Irish
(Ir. Macha na gCab [OSI], 'plain of the beaks') Kerry County, in Arderin Beg, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Cross-bedded sandstone Bedrock

Height: 608.5m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: Q46865 05372 This summit has been logged as climbed by 126 members. Recently by: IainT, Martinpeak, thomas_g, iridium77, Wilderness, gfmurphy101, melohara, PeteBog, frankmc04, PeakPaul, fingalscave, noelvontrap, jimgraham, Alatar, mcrtchly
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Longitude: -10.239485, Latitude: 52.179367 , Easting: 46866, Northing: 105372 Prominence: 23.47m,   Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 446849 605426,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnbrck, 10 char: Benabrack
Bedrock type: Cross-bedded sandstone, (Coumeenoole Sandstone Formation)

The Irish name Macha na gCab and the anglicised name Beennabrack have very different meanings. It seems unlikely that they originally referred to the same feature. An Seabhac gives the name Binn na mBroc ('peak of the badgers') for this hill (TCCD, 143, 233), which shows that Beennabrack is a corruption. He does not mention Macha na gCab.   Beennabrack is the 268th highest summit in Ireland. Beennabrack is the most southerly summit in the Brandon Group area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Beennabrack in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: pic:padodes - view north from the summit
 
Easy Climb from the South
Short Summary created by Onzy,  20 Aug 2014
Beennabrack is situated on the southern end of the Brandon ridge just north of the Conor Pass.

The hill can be reached from a number of directions. Most easily, it is hard to ignore the Conor Pass carpark (Q490 056 A) - already at a height of c.400m, the summit should take no more than 30mins from here. Head west over An Bhinn Dubh.

More interesting is an approach from the north as the last significant hill in a north-south traverse of the Brandon ridge beginning at Masatiompan and ending at the Conor Pass. Any of the typical starting points for Brandon itself could be used. A full traverse of the ridge will take 6-7 hours one way.

A further approach is possible from the east - a circular walk beginning at Mullaghveal (Q470 068 B) and climbing north to Gearhane before swinging southwest along the ridge to Ballysitteragh and Beennabrack, descending to the Conor Pass and returning via the Cloghane Valley. Allow 4-5 hours for this. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/273/comment/5033/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Beennabrack in area Brandon Group, Ireland
jackill on Beennabrack, 2004
by jackill  22 Aug 2004
Coming down from the Brandon ridge at Fallaghnamara , Q459 078 C ,623m.
Looking down the valley you can see Loch Dubh, Loch Geal, Loch Tarbh cut into the hillside above,Loch Ui Fhiannachta and the corner of Loch Neil Phadraig.The Summit of Ballysitteragh is just out of shot on the extreme right , Beenabracks summit is in the centre of the shot over Loch Geal with the Connor pass over the right hand corner of Loch Ui Fhiannachta ,behind the pass is Slievanea.You can make out where the tarred road ends at the farm at the end of the Pilgrims Route in the area of green fields between Loch Ui Fhiannachta and Loch Geal. There is plenty of room to park a few cars by the side of the road just before you get to the farmyard. The dwellings in the farmyard are uninhabited except for a few dogs the farmer working the land keeps there for rounding up his sheep, these dogs are locked in when the farmer is not there. After the farm there is a bridge over the stream and a gate with a stile , the road has changed to a rough track that leads over the gap to the Dingle side of the Mountains to Na Gleanna Thuaidh. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/273/comment/1110/
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padodes on Beennabrack, 2008
by padodes  9 Jan 2008
This view northwards, from the top of Beennabrack, shows the full extent of the valley leading to the sea at Cloghane. A tongue of Loch Tarbh is sticking out at the foot of the cliffs. After that the ground falls away steeply to the valley floor, with Loch Ui Fhiannachta and Loch Neil Phadraig beyond. To the left of the photo, the white thread of the Pilgrims' Route is just visible, skirting the end of a ridge leading up to Gearhane. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/273/comment/2941/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Beennabrack in area Brandon Group, Ireland
padodes on Beennabrack, 2008
by padodes  9 Jan 2008
Looking across a stretch of Loch Ui Fhiannachta (Clogharee Lough), one can see the dark form of Beennabrack rising up behind. What is not visible is the little corry lake she holds in her lap: Loch Tarbh (Lough Coumeenoughter). Nearly all the lakes and mountain tops in this area seem to have both an Irish name and a very different anglicised alternative. Further back, to the right of Beennabrack, is Ballysitteragh Mountain (An Scraig). Coming from Cloghane, one can walk into this valley along the "Pilgrims' Route", as it's called in the OS 70 map, and up to the saddle on the right. From there, a fine walk can be had by skirting the north-facing cliffs of Ballysitteragh, Beennabrack and An Bhinn Dubh, right across to the Connor Pass. After that, a few hundred yards down the Connor Hill Road, it is easy to cross the fence to the left and circle back over the valley beneath the same brooding mountains, passing between Loch Ui Fhiannachta and Loch Neil Phadraig and then onto the Pilgrims' Route again. My own photo was taken at this stage of the walk. I have never experienced any access problem here. There is much to explore at the head of this valley, with the ruins of a good deal of human habitation gradually merging back into nature. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/273/comment/2940/
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