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Benchoona Mountain Binn Chuanna A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Chuanna [OSI], possibly 'peak of Cuanna') Galway County, in Arderin List, Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone Bedrock

Height: 581m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76312 61673 This summit has been logged as climbed by 132 members. Recently by: IainT, Lauranna, wwwalker, roscorrocket, trevorf, Aciddrinker, eoghancarton, HazelDoyle, conormcbandon, On-the-hills, David-Guenot, killyman1, polovirus, kakamaka17, simoburn
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Longitude: -9.868678, Latitude: 53.590487 , Easting: 76312, Northing: 261673 Prominence: 36m,   Isolation: 0.3km
ITM: 476289 761692,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnchn, 10 char: Benchoona
Bedrock type: Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone, (Lettergesh Formation)

Cuanna is probably a personal name. A townland nearby is named Tooreenacoona (Tuairín Uí Chuanna, 'O'Cooney's green') [TR]. Around noon, I reached the summit: a rough broken tableland of flat rocks, perhaps a quarter of an acre in area, and planed smooth by the old ice. There was a single small cairn, and on its top sat a horned sheep's skull. I picked up the skull, and as I did so water streamed from its ragged nose-holes in sudden liquid tusks, and ran on to my hand and up my sleeve. I put it back on the cairn top, having turned it so that it faced eastward and inland, looking over miles of empty land glinting with lakes, on which thousands of wild geese over-wintered each year. The sun came out, breaking fitfully through the clouds and warming my hands and face. Seawards, I looked across the intricate tasselwork of inlet and peninsula. Close at hand, sheets of mica scattered the sunshine, so that even the dry rocks shone in the light (Robert MacFarlane, The Wild Places, Granta, 2007). Walks: for a route from the NE, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 40-41.   Benchoona is the 334th highest summit in Ireland. Benchoona is the second most northerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benchoona in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
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Summit Plateau of broken Rock
Short Summary created by Onzy,  10 Jun 2014
Benchoona is situated in the less-visited northern half of the Twelve Bens, separated from the more prominent hills by the N59. A flat topped peak, described by Robert McFarlane as a ‘rough broken tableland of flat rocks’, it provides great walking and stunning views. To maximise the views, head a small bit down the western spur from the summit, to where there are twin cairns.

There are a number of obvious routes; firstly the most direct route begins from the northern end of Lough Fee (L780 621 A), and ascends the eastern spur. This is a challenging route and perhaps left for a dry day with good visibility. It is also better for ascent than descent.

An easier route is from parking on the road at the southern end of Lough Fee (L804 596 B) and heading north along a farm track skirting the western side of the lake. Just before the only inhabited house, head west, over Garruan and onto Benchoona. By then heading south contouring around Garraun, you can reach Garraun South Top, and from there down the spur, either to the road, or to meet your track coming up.

Benchoona can also be reached from Lettergesh to the northwest, beginning at L74958 63413 C as well as being easily combined with routes taking in Doughruagh, about 4k to the southwest. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/5070/
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simon3 on Benchoona, 2003
by simon3  13 May 2003
I visited Benchoona on a route from Doughruagh and Garraun. The late Tony Whilde recommended ascending [Irish Walk Guides West] via a route above the place between Loughs Fee and Muck, though only if it wasn’t slippery. Whatever about up, I wouldn’t be a bit keen coming down that way. It is to the right of the ridge shown in the picture taken from the slopes of Garraun. Perhaps we can learn from HC Hart [Climbing in the British Isles: Ireland 1895] who seems to have a salutary experience on Benchoona: “The rock here is uncommonly dangerous to climb, being loosely constructed and apt to disintegrate in unexpectedly massive segments. On such an occasion, although against the dogma of climbing, a swift and sudden jump or spring is sometimes the only escape. The block – perhaps a ton or two in weight – which is quietly sliding, or more probably overturning, with its captive, yields momentum enough for a final kick to clear altogether to any preferable station.”
Carefully avoiding dogma or swift escapes, my tame suggestion for a descent is via the spur which goes directly East from Garraun. There’s some firmly attached but interesting conglomerate rock to look at on the way down. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/493/
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csd on Benchoona, 2003
by csd  29 Dec 2003
The (eastern) cairn and view north from Benchoona, taken 29.12.2003. Careful ascent is possible via Benchoona's easterly ridge, starting from the river as it empties Lough Fee. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/783/
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simon3 on Benchoona, 2003
by simon3  13 May 2003
Benchoona’s western-most summit, shown here, is slightly higher than the eastern-most. As is shown there are two cairns for some reason, one looking like it is being demolished. Views from here are superb on a good day. To the right, over the further cairn, is Inishturk. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/494/
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Picture: looking down over L Fee
gerrym on Benchoona, 2008
by gerrym  1 Mar 2008
I parked at northern end of Lough Fee ,at start of track on left ,where river connecting to Lough Muck emerges 780621 (as described in Irish Walk Guides West alluded to by Simon). Walk along track over gate and head off right to climb the ridge up Benchoona. There is a series of steep climbs over wet and grassy ground. As gain height the steep walled corrie between Benchoona and Garraun becomes evident to left - was quite impressive with cloud hanging over rim. Good views back down over Lough Fee (see pic) with the big hills of Ben Gorm and Sheefry behind. To north Lough Muck, Killary and Mwreela dominate. After 40 minutes ground becomes firmer and rockier. There is an obvious easy line heading east which I followed but ended up having to scramble over some very loose and exposed ground up a gulley, in driving rain. Perhaps should have continued straight up from ridge or followed line further. I reached the summit area after 1 hour and had to take a bearing on L Benchoona in heavy mist. There is a large cairn on rise just beside Lough and several smaller cairns further to west. As the other pics here show the views are excellent but not in the mist and rain. It is natural to take in neighbouring Garraun descending SW from larger cairn. Will need to skirt around some very wet ground past another sizeable lough to col from where a short climb will reach Garraun. Descended by ridge from Garraun along L Fee, dropping off steeply towards house on shore and along road back to car. I did this short day here as i knew the weather would be bad but it required as much effort as a full day around the Glencoaghan Horseshoe. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/1187/
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Picture: Lough Muck & Lough Fee from eastern side of Benchoona
Colin Murphy on Benchoona, 2008
by Colin Murphy  9 Jun 2008
Having parked at the top of the track between Lough Muck and Foyle, (visible in pic) followed gerrym's directions up the grassy slope but then instead of tackling the gulley, headed directly west up through a steep boulder-littered gradient. While the views were wonderful, experienced a couple of vertigo-inducing moments as had to negotiate my way around several impassable boulders before the gradient eased at about 500m. Interesting climb, but would definitely not attempt this route in bad weather. After a round trip to Garraun South Top and Garraun itself, descended via a slightly gentler grassy ridge to the east of Garraun before cutting back north to my starting point, though even this ridge offers some steep, slippery and potentially dangerous pitfalls. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/3167/
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