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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 334th 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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Benchoona seen from Little Killary. .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
Spring Walk .. by maurice12   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
We climbed this along with Garraun from Loch Muck .. by weedavie   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
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