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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 place has been logged as visited by 134 members. Recently by: Ulsterpooka, Aongus, IainT, Lauranna, wwwalker, roscorrocket, trevorf, Aciddrinker, eoghancarton, HazelDoyle, conormcbandon, On-the-hills, David-Guenot, killyman1, polovirus
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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 335th highest place in Ireland. Benchoona is the second most northerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Picture: Renvyle and Tully mountain from Benchoona summit (Credit: J.Drinan)
 
A contender for the best panorama in Ireland.
by garrettd  16 Sep 2014
I climbed the three summits in this area and Doughruagh as part of a two-day backpack in mid-September 2014. The weather was exceptional for the time of year and the lack of rain over quite a dry summer meant underfoot conditions were very favourable. We started at the Lettergesh beach car park at L737631 A and followed the uphill road and track which eventually petered out at about 240m at L746616 B. The going gets a bit steeper from here and we deposited our packs and tents at approximately L756611 C, about 2 hours after we started.

Relatively unburdened, we made the circuit of Garraun South, Garraun and Benchoona to enjoy one of the most spectacular panoramas anywhere in Ireland. Even with reduced clarity on account of a warm, dry easterly breeze, every summit from Achill to Roundstone was visible in addition to the beautiful seascapes of Killary Harbour, Clare Island, Inishturk and Inishboffin.

Day two started fresh and misty but soon cleared to a repeat of the previous day's spectacular weather. The circuit continuation started with an easy traverse around the southern edge of Garraun south. The climb to Doughruagh from the gap at L761596 D is pleasant and quite easy with short grass and just a few rocky outcrops to negotiate. The decent from the summit heading back northwest requires care on account of some steep sections. Keeping to the east of Lough Acreragh avoids the worst of any soft ground and the track is picked up shortly afterwards for a gentle decent back to the beach. The second day's walk took less than 3 hours at a leisurely enough pace. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/17679/
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pdtempan on Benchoona, 2003
by pdtempan  23 Nov 2003
Benchoona seen from Little Killary. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/751/
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Picture: Lough Fiadh
 
Spring Walk
by maurice12  13 Mar 2017
Climbed this on Sat 11th March '17 on a bright sunny day with stunning visibility. We commenced the walk at the western end of Lough Muc, a few hundred meters up from the now renovated Salruck primary school. There is a wooden bridge across the Cuffin river on to soft marshy ground. Our poles were used here to test the ground for firmness. A steep climb took us on to the spur named Lettergesh East on the OS map and we joined the walk described at C on the map. We reached the summit and stopped at Benchoona Lough for lunch. While there we noticed a number of 4 to 5 inch fish in the lake but were unable to identify them. It's a small lake and we certainly did not expect to see fish at this height. The large amount of frog spawn may be sustaining them. From here we carried on to Gorgeous Garraun and enjoyed panoramic views from the Bens to The Devils Mother over Mweelrea and out to Inisbofin. We descended on the Eastern spur from Garraun towards Lough Fiadh (Fee) and dropped to the lake as the spur levels out at 250 meters. We stopped on the way down to examine the gabbro which is exposed at several locations here. It's difficult to fathom that we were touching stones that were rounded by wave or river action and lifted to this height. A gentle stroll past point A on the map and and back to the car for a perfect days walking. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/18858/
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weedavie on Benchoona, 2003
by weedavie  3 Jul 2003
We climbed this along with Garraun from Loch Muck in a dry spell last October so there wasn't the bog experience the summit plateau clearly offers under normal conditions. We descended from the west cairn to the west end of Loch Muck. It was steep, gravelly, wet and with greasy slabs. Not particularly difficult but not one I'd repeat. The slope looked better from the east cairn but you'd have to find a suitable break in the upper crags. Views were excellent. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/577/
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