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Breifne Area   Iron Mountains Subarea
Maximum height for area: 665 metres,   Summits in area: 14,   Maximum prominence for area: 570 metres, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A For all tops   Highest summit: Cuilcagh, 665m
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Benbrack Mountain An Bhinn Bhreac A name in Irish
(Ir. An Bhinn Bhreac [logainm.ie], 'the speckled peak') Cavan County In Arderin List

Height: 502m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 26&27A Grid Reference: H10117 21600 This summit has been logged as climbed by 39 members. Recently by: chalky, turfymccloud, concorde, Geo, millsd1, PollyM, diarmuidoc, FEARGALS, Fergalh, heavyfoot, CoraC, marymac, Onzy, frankmc04, Hilldweller
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Longitude: -7.845966, Latitude: 54.143373 Prominence: 147m,   Isolation: 2.2km
ITM: 610064 821606,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnb502, 10 char: Benbrac502

A large group of rocks on the east side of Bellavally Gap are known as the Black Rocks or Maguire's Chair. This was the site of an assembly on 'Donagh Sunday', the last Sunday in July (MacNeill, 175-77). According to Dalton, the name has led to an erroneous belief that this was the inauguration site of the Maguires, and this is confirmed by MacNeill.   Benbrack is the 456th highest summit in Ireland. Benbrack is the third highest point in county Cavan.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbrack in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: Summit cairn with Derrynananta Lough on left and Cuilcagh in the distance
 
Straightforward, and you get a bonus top on the way.
Short Summary created by Colin Murphy  30 Mar 2012 Approaching from the east along the R200, parking for several cars may be found on the right hand side in the Bellavally Gap at point H116 245 (Point A). 100m further along is a short track heading south past a concrete farm enclosure. Leave the track after 100m where it swings east, and continue south crossing open moorland. Continue directly south for 500m when the ground begins to rise steeply, but is still walkable, and changes from heather/reeds to mostly grass, firm underfoot. A further 500m will take you directly to the summit of Benbrack NE Top (496m), which is marked by a cairn at point H113 236 (Point B). From here, head SW for 1.2km until you reach the smallish Derrynananta Lough. The terrain is a mixture of heather and grass and may be traversed relatively easily, although you may encounter a few peat hags. Passing the lough on your right turn directly south where the ground begins to rise gently. Continue south for 800m to the broad summit area. A small cairn of sorts marks what is most likely the highest point at H102216 (Point C).
Point A: H116 245 Point B: H113 236 Point C: H102 216

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Keep out ?
by marymac  28 Apr 2013 Thanks to Absalon for the guide to Benbrack. The only damper on an otherwise lovely walk was that when we got back to the 5 cars carefully parked on the side of the road, each one had a handwritten KEEP OUT notice on the windscreen. I don't like thinking we upset a local in any way but am at a loss as to what we did wrong. The few cars that passed us on the return all had a cheery wave and one farmer I met while doing the recce last week said we were more than welcome on his lands at Benbrack. I hope this doesn't prevent future access to what turned out to be a great day out.
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by Absalon  15 Jan 2003 A relatively pleasant walk on the unloved but not unlovely Benbrack.

Coming from Ballyconnell on the R200 turn L at Black Rocks cross(H141238 (Point D)) & proceed for 1/2 mile to where a lane crosses the road(H140231 (Point E)). This lane was part of the old coach road from Cavan to Sligo. (There is parking space 100 m. further on.)

Ascend the lane on R & continue to a sharp bend L. Leaving lane here,go straight through a gate & follow the coach road till it becomes unwalkable. When you have passed the forest on your L & crossed a fence,veer L towards the ridge leading to an obvious cliff locally called the Scalp. Your exact route will depend on the wetness of the terrain. It is an easy ascent from the ridge & the highest point 494 m some metres W of the cliff is marked by a cairn.

Derrynananta Lough,your next goal,can be seen from here to the SW. Following a bearing 230,crossing a barbless fence,skirting 2 little tarns on R & walking over wet & broken ground,you reach the lough some 30 minutes later. Continue due S to reach the barely distinguishable highest point of Benbrack ,502 m, over more broken boggy terrain. There are good views of lowland Cavan E & the hills of Cavan,Leitrim &Sligo W. Further S you come to the edge of the plateau & descend fairly steeply. Now aim for L of forest H106208 (Point F). Keep this forest on your R till you reach its other end. There join the rushy track entering wood from SE which leads you to a country road. Take the first L turn(past a burnt out house) & follow road through forest to a T. Turn L & walk to your car just over a mile away. Time:4+ hours & fairly strenuous because terrain.
Point D: H141 238 Point E: H140 231 Point F: H106 208
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbrack in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: The view over Lough Derrynananta to Culcaigh, from the summit of Benbrack
by csd  19 Nov 2006 I approached Benbrack from the southwest, on the road you that takes you past Ben Croy. Parking the car at H06742 20440 (Point G) near the radio transmission masts, you can follow the rough track which will take you closer to the summit. From then it's a slog over the heather, through the bogs, to the track shown on sheet 26 skirting the forest. This track is in the process of being dug up by a JCB, so isn't really much use. Benbrack has a flat summit, riven by peat hags, so it's difficult to find the highest point. Great views from the summit, especially in the snow.
Point G: H06742 20440
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by Jaak  10 Apr 2007 Nice pleasant climb, although the weather was very poor on the day we bagged it. Started at H 12386 20061 (Point H), which is a gate to farmland adjacent to a forest entrance - plenty of parking space here. Enter the farmland and keep to the left hand side of the fields, close to the forest. At the end of the forest the landscape changes to open bogland, with the cliffs of Benbrack clearly visible ahead. The easiest route over the cliffs is to head for an obvious gap about half ways across them - Mag bearing 316 from the end of the forest, although more energetic climbers may opt for the shorter more direct route up the cliffs, which are not dangerously steep, but are a bit of a slog. If you opt to go via the gap in the cliffs, it is a short and relatively easy climb to reach the rim of the mountain, from where it is a short walk to the summit. Although other contributers have described the summit of Benbrack as unmarked, we came across two distinct cairns. The main one, a large stone assembly, close to a circular stone arrangement, is located at H 102 218 (Point I), while another smaller cairn exists about 200 metres from this. The smaller one seems to be on higher ground than the large one, although it was quite difficult to judge as visibility was poor at the time and it was not possible to view both at the same time.
Point H: H12386 20061 Point I: H102 218
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbrack in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: Derrynananta Lough on Benbrack summit
by eflanaga  6 May 2006 (See Benbeg for first part of walk – climbed March 28th ) Having reached the R200 as planned I turned left along the road. My route plan indicated that I had a walk of just over 1K before I reached a track to the right which would take me towards Benbrack. However, just after a hundred metres I reached a laneway veering of to the right which I had noticed during my descent of Benbeg. It appeared to be about the same length, and was going in the direction, as I expected the track I had planned to take. Thinking I had made an error in my calculations I took the lane which ran to the right of the steep climb up to the lower north-western end of Benbrack. The lane curved around to the left after about 800m and ended at a fence in front of an area of felled forestry. Here I realised my error but rather than retracing my steps I decided to continue on so as to tackle Benbrack from the southwest. The wet weather relented and it remained dry for the remainder of the walk. The new route involved a tricky transverse of the deforested area and a walk across fairly deep heather/bracken until parallel to a fairly new plantation, crossing a stream and fence on the way. From this point I turned right and made for the end of the cliff face IH 093 218 (Point J) which would take me around the back of the mountain. I continued on until near the edge of Doon Forest 091 213 (Point K). From here it is a fairly steady 1.2K to the summit of Benbrack with Derrynananta Lough visible to your left as you near the unremarkable and unmarked summit. There are a lot of signs indicating that the mountain is a breeding ground for endangered species of grouse. Clear views across to Benbeg and Cuilcagh to the north, the lakelands of County Cavan lie open to the west, while the communications masts below Bencroy and the western cliffs of Knockabell & Slieve Aneirin visible beyond to the east. From the summit I took a bearing of 43 degrees NE over Mullaghroe and until level with the cliffs at Altnadarragh. From here I could see the carpark in the distance further to the northeast so decided to take a straight-as-the-crow-flies shortcut. Within a few hundred metres of the road I encountered a fairly deep ravine so had to edge my way east along a fence for about 300m eventually joining a track onto the road about 50m below the track up to the carpark.
Point J: H093 218 Point K: H091 213
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