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Ben Beg Mountain Binn Bheag A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Binn Bheag [PDT], 'little peak') Galway County, in Arderin List, Purple sandstones, basal breccia Bedrock

Height: 560m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 38 Grid Reference: L95093 57894 This summit has been logged as climbed by 65 members. Recently by: kernowclimber, mcrtchly, Lauranna, Garmin, markwallace, DesHoulihan, trevorf, roscorrocket, eamonoc, marchiggins, carofurey, markmjcampion, PeakPaul, Wilderness, maike
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Longitude: -9.583911, Latitude: 53.56064 , Easting: 95093, Northing: 257894 Prominence: 135m,   Isolation: 1.2km
ITM: 495066 757914,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnBg, 10 char: Ben Beg
Bedrock type: Purple sandstones, basal breccia, (Lough Mask Formation)

Ben Beg is the 393rd highest summit in Ireland.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Ben Beg in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
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Rarely Visited Summit with Varied Views
Short Summary created by Onzy,  24 Jun 2014
Ben Beg is a seldom visited peak situated across the R336 to the north and east of the Maamturks range. There are great views of both the Maamturks themselves and wider Connemara, as well the views north over Lough Nafooey and east over Lough Mask.

The peak can be approached in a number of ways. Perhaps the most straightforward is an ascent from the Drishaghaun Valley; parking is difficult in the valley, but there are a couple of places at L97196 56996 A, and also at L9782 5684 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 the summit, about an hour and a half of an ascent.

A further option starts from Finny at around M003 594 C and takes in the entire and impressive ridge to the east of Ben Beg. Close to the Finny end of the ridge, on Bencorragh (not MV listed), there are examples of pillow lava, and other evidence of volcanic activity between here and Finny itself. From Finny to Ben Beg should take about 3 hours one way.

To get the best from Ben Beg however, it is better to combine it 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. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/342/comment/5102/
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Ben Beg in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
Picture: North Cliff of Ben Beg.
simon3 on Ben Beg, 2006
by simon3  19 Jun 2006
A walk along the east-west ridge of Ben Beg gives great views of the deeply cut valleys of Maumtrasna and Lough Nafooey with hints of the many summits surrounding the area. This summit is very seldom visited, yet this view is well worth having as well as the view east over Lough Mask.

One way to visit this summit is from the Drishaghaun valley, to the SE. There isn't much parking however one or two cars could be put on the public road near the bridge at L9782 5684. There is probably more than one way up that is unlikely to cause offence such as towards the graveyard shown on the 1:50k or at the most westerly point on the road. Comments welcome on these suggestions. Another way is to leave the road at L98120 57236 D which is over a rough field with an apparently deserted building on it. As always, if in doubt, ask.

The photo shows the north facing cliffs of Ben Beg. To the right on the skyline is Leenane Hill (618m) and the ridge below that is Rinavore (426m). Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/342/comment/2370/
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beads on Ben Beg, 2007
by beads  9 Sep 2007
Climbed Ben Beg on Sunday 9th Sept 2007.On my own as friends were gone to Belgium
walking for the week.Found it to be a very nice walk. Came to a point where there was a
little chimney gully that was an option instead of going around it,took the gully option and was delighted that it saved me time instead of going around it.Bringing friends out there on 23rd Sept. Great views of the Maumturks,Devils Mother,Mweelrea and Mauntrasna. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/342/comment/2817/
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Bencorragh from Finny end
by jkforde  27 Jun 2011
how's it going folks? has anyone gone up Benbeg from the east end, eg. from Finny (M003594) and taking in Bencorragh? There's some v v interesting 500 million year old volcano-type geology up in them there hills and the pillow lavas on Bencorragh and Benbeg are meant to be the real deal - see this Geological Survey Of Ireland short guide for the Finny end: http://www.gsi.ie/Education/Sites+Walks+Field+Trips/Walk+1+Volcano.htm

So am curious about access to Bencorragh from the Finny end.
Ta very much! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/342/comment/6389/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Ben Beg in area Partry/Joyce Country, Ireland
by Geansai  20 Mar 2012
This is Ben Beg to the right, from Bunacunneen with Lough Nafooey below and Lough Mask beyond. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/342/comment/6727/
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