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Benagh Mountain Binn Fhaiche A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Faiche [TCCD*], 'peak of Faha') Kerry County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Rhythmically bedded sandstone Bedrock

Height: 822m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: Q46908 11928 This summit has been logged as climbed by 146 members. Recently by: millsd1, JohnAshton, liz50, IainT, Martinpeak, ericjones, tommccarthy, PeteBog, Onzy, PeakPaul, ciarraioch, trekker, grzywaczmarcin, Alatar, skhg
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Longitude: -10.241827, Latitude: 52.238249 , Easting: 46908, Northing: 111928 Prominence: 57m,   Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 446891 611981,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Benagh, 10 char: Benagh
Bedrock type: Rhythmically bedded sandstone, (Ballymore Sandstone Formation)

The name Benagh is marked on the OS 6 map. An Fhaiche / Faha is the name of the townland in which this peak is situated. The grotto at which the traditional ascent of the mountain begins is further down in the same townland. The walls E of the summit were identified as the remains of an inland promontory fort by archaeologist Barry Raftery. For information on this fort, see Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide No. 29 (published March 2005). Previously Brandon Mtn East Top in MV.   Benagh is the 32nd highest summit in Ireland.

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What a view!
Short Summary created by jackill,  15 Oct 2010
Start at the carpark under the Faha Grotto( marked on OS map) on the hillside overlooking Cloghane. There is room for 8-10 cars.
Walk up the track past grotto and on until you cross over a wire fence. At this point you will be near the crest of the ridge. .
Leaving the path here continue on up to the crest of the ridge after the wire fence and follow a low line of stones upwards. This stone line will after a short distance start to veer to the left away from the crest of the ridge. Do not follow it, stay near to the crest which will turn slowly towards the right. You will eventually gain a grassy platform after crossing another fence at about 790/800 meters elevation , this is the summit area Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/30/comment/4790/
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benagh in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: Brandon East Top from the low point between the tops
 
skyehigh on Benagh, 2005
by skyehigh  12 Jun 2005
29 May 2005. Brandon clear! I had aborted a climb the previous day, preferring sunshine on Ballydavid Head, Sybil Head and Mount Eagle to murk and showers on Brandon, and just had to take advantage of this opportunity. I planned to follow the Faha ridge (a "piece of cake", according to another climber I met - I reserved judgement on that) and take in all the tops north of Brandon senior. Anyway, the climb to the east top could hardly be easier, and on this fine day the views were breathtaking. Once the east top is reached, the walking is interspersed with scrambling. I was reminded of Aonach Eagach in Glencoe, though the scrambles here are shorter and the ridge itself is much shorter. And as I hadn't traversed the ridge before, I was always mindful that negotiating the final obstacle could be tricky...... Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/30/comment/1749/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benagh in area Brandon Group, Ireland
skyehigh on Benagh, 2005
by skyehigh  12 Jun 2005
This picture was taken after descending part way from the east top. It shows the north east top with the north top directly behind. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/30/comment/1751/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benagh in area Brandon Group, Ireland
Picture: Loch Cruite
 
Spectacular
by Colin Murphy  11 May 2010
Followed the track from the Faha Grotto to point 118 488 A then ascended a very steep slope to top of ridge. The approach to Benagh follows a very narrow track with spectacular views into the valley floor. Beyond Benagh towards Faha Ridge becomes extremely tricky and dangerous in bad conditions. I notice that in a previous comment from skyehigh, he met a walker who described it as a 'piece of cake'. This is rubbish. The narrow track weaves in, out and over huge boulders and people have been killed on this track in the past. So extreme caution is necessary. Having said that, it's doable with care and is certainly among the most spectacular routes in Ireland, especially on a clear day. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/30/comment/4716/
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skyehigh on Benagh, 2005
by skyehigh  12 Jun 2005
I finally managed to find a view of the east top which does it justice. The viewpoint is below the north top (point 891). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/30/comment/1752/
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jackill on Benagh, 2005
by jackill  15 Jan 2005
Brandon Mountain East Top in the centre of the picture viewed from the Brandon Ridge between Brandon Mountain and Drom na Muice. Below on the valley floor you can see the Locha Choim an Chnoic and just above them the path that starts out at the Faha grotto above Cloghane.The walk up this path is quite easy going and well defined and offers great views down to the lakes and back over Brandon Bay to Tralee. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/30/comment/1420/
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