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Bunnacunneen Mountain Bun an Choinín A name in Irish
(Ir. Bun an Choinín [logainm.ie], 'the end or tail of the rabbit') Galway County, in Arderin List

Height: 575m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 38 Grid Reference: L93896 57734 This summit has been logged as climbed by 60 members. Recently by: garrettd, chalky, hivisibility, Onzy, turfymccloud, PeteBog, SFlaherty, juliewoods, Cobhclimber, Oileanach, sandilandsn, davnet, John Smyth, sandman, Fergalh
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Longitude: -9.601912, Latitude: 53.558963 Prominence: 463m,   Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 493869 757754,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bncnn, 10 char: Bunacunen

Walks: for a route to the summit from the SW, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 54-55.   Bunnacunneen is the 320th highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Bunnacunneen in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
Picture: pic:Geansai, View from the summit
 
Superb Vantage Point above Connemara
Short Summary created by Onzy  24 Jun 2014 Bunnacunneen is a well located peak situated across the R336 to the north and east of the Maamturks range; It has a full 360 degree views from its summit. The views are stunning on a good day, taking in the whole range of the Maamturks, Ben Gorm, Mweelrea, Devil’s Mother, Maumtrasna and the Sheefry Hills, as well as Croagh Patrick and the Nephion Beg range.

The peak can be approached in a number of ways. For a quick descent of Bunnacunneen by itself, the most obvious routes are from the west, parking along the minor road and following the south western spur, or the river valley itself which leads almost to the summit.

Another is from the Drishaghaun Valley; parking is difficult in the valley, but there are a couple of places at L97196 56996 (Point A), and also at L9782 5684 (Point B). From the first of these, cross the fence and contour west with a touch of north before reaching a river gully. Follow this gully northwest, contour around point 542 and head west to Ben Beg. Over Ben Beg head west; there is a descent of 140m before the pull up to Bunnacunneen. 1.45 hours should see you at the top.

Bunnacunneen is best combined with a number of other hills. The Drishaghaun Valley lends itself to making a compact circuit taking in Ben Ben, Bunnacunneen, its SE Top and the two Lugnabricks. This can be done in either direction, starting from the parking places indicated above. The entire circuit should take under 4 hours.
Point A: L97196 56996 Point B: L9782 5684

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New Comment Follow the fence.
by garrettd  Sun 28 Sep I started the Drishaghaun circuit at the only place where easy parking can be had , at point L972570 (Point C). Taking the concrete road up to a large, modern farm building, then through a small gate to the right of this and through two more fields and over the first of many wire fences to reach the mountain proper.

A relatively easy ascent can be made along the left hand side of the stream, which was a mere trickle on account of the prolonged dry summer of 2014. The summit of Ben Beg is soon reached and marked only by a forlorn collection of small stones. The descent into the gap below Bunnacunneen (does any other Irish mountain have five of the same letter in its name?) and subsequent climb continues along the line of fence posts. The old wire can be seen in places, coiled and discarded to rust for eternity.

The remainder of the circuit is relatively easy with small undulations and superb views out to Lough Mask to the east and Maumturks to the south and west.

What can't go unsaid is the staggering amount of fencing that covers almost the entire 13km circuit of these hills. The descent from the Lugnabricks takes you over no fewer than six wire fences if you take a direct line back to the start ,though you must avoid the cliffs to the north of the summit by heading east for 500m first. In one place there is a solid dry stone wall with two rows of barbed wire on top, which would not be out of place in a prison. All the money that has been spent erecting wire fences around here would be enough to build a children's hospital.

A lovely circuit of mountains somewhat spoiled by an unnecessary level of fence intrusion
Point C: L972 570
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Bunnacunneen in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
Picture: Bunnacunneen and summits north of it.
by simon3  13 Jun 2006 Why would you go up Bunnacunneen? True at 575m it isn't so high and true it is has hardly the same grand slopes as many of the surrounding ranges. However on a good day it has a full 360 degrees of view from the summit. The whole range of the Turks from Corcog to Leenane Hill, the flanks of Maumtrasna, Rinavore, Ben Gorm, the Devil's Mother and Mweelrea and then to the east there is Lough Mask. On the day we summitted there was a clear view of the Sheefrys, Croagh Patrick and some of the Nephin Begs which are 45km away. Include Ben Beg and Lugnabricka and you'll have a great circuit.

One way of reaching Bunnacunneen is as part of a circuit starting east of Lugnabricka. Leave the road at L989 566 (Point D) and head diagonally up towards the col at around L994558 (Point E), a route that is mostly over relatively uncultivated land.
Point D: L989 566 Point E: L994 558
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Access Issue
by Frank12345  6 Feb 2012 Just south of the summit there are two bright red warning signs 'No unauthorised access beyond this point'. They are attached to the boundary fence that runs along the ridge,and they are confusingly situated near the boundary to dissuade any walking,although technically they only refer to a short strect of commonage that runs down to the glenteige,east side of the ridge.

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Heavy Hitter
by Geansai  20 Mar 2012 Having been to the roofs of the Maamturks and Bens on clear days I think Bunnacunneen is in the same class for Connemara views. This is right in front of the main cairn looking towards the Mweelreas with Ben Gorm to their right and a bit of Killary Harbour visible below them. Further to the right were views of the Sheefreys and Croagh Patrick beyond. To the left and well beyond of Croagh Patrick was a faint shape that I think may have been Corraun Hill right beside Achill Island. Other faint shapes to its right may be some of the Nephins. Turn to the right from this point and there's another cairn just a few yards away on the edge of a steep drop into the beautiful Lough Nafooey valley with Lough Mask in the distance and the top of the Maamtrasna plateau to the north. Turn around 180 degrees and you can see Lough Corrib over the ridges behind. i didn't bother mentioning Devils Mother and the Leenane branch of the Maamturks and the Atlantic Ocean beyond Mweelrea. Actually this might be a contender for the most spectacular spot in Co Galway. Just don't come here in mist which unfortunately is not a rarity round here. Like going to see Barcelona when Messi and Iniesta are being rested.

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by mreeyore  6 May 2004 Bunnacunneen is a rarely climbed mountain in comparison to the nearby Maumturks. The summit is flat and vegetated with numerous peat hags. An interesting short walk follows the stream that leads from the road which takes you into the "heart" of the mountain an unusual place where you will find yourself almost entirely surrounded by the mountain, from here it's an easy climb up the right fork in the stream to the ridge which runs north to the summit and from there back down along the main ridge running south. There are quite a few fences to be encountered along the way and most of this land is farmed so you may want to check in with the farm at the southern base of the mountain. The views from the top are worth a mention as you get an excellent view of all the Maumturks aswell as views down Lough NaFooey and across to Devil's Mother.

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