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Binn Bhán Mountain Benbaun A name in English
(Ir. Binn Bhán [OSI], 'white peak') County Highpoint of Galway, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic Bedrock

Height: 729m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78558 53903 This summit has been logged as climbed by 413 members. Recently by: wjnunan, Franky, IainT, strangeweaver, Lauranna, Caoilfionn, tomodub, 21yearsgone, patphelan, declanohagan, Louise.Nolan, dillonkdy, paddyobpc, ericjones, Wendy
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Longitude: -9.831791, Latitude: 53.521228 , Easting: 78558, Northing: 253903 Prominence: 684m,   Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 478532 753923,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnbn, 10 char: Benbaun
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Binn Bhán means 'white peak' and is the highest mountain in Galway. You could say it is the Mont Blanc of Connemara. There is a lot of white rock here, mainly quartz, though this is more a feature of Benbrack. An odd thing about the Twelve Bens of Connemara is that nobody seems to know exactly which are the twelve peaks in question. There are at least 20 peaks with names in binn in this area. However, the notion of twelve peaks goes back at least to the time of Roderic O'Flaherty, who wrote in 1684 of the twelve high mountaines of Bennabeola, though he did not enumerate them (O'Flaherty, 106). In Irish the question doesn't even arise: there is no number, they are just na Beanna Beola, 'the peaks of Beola'. Beola was a giant and chieftain of the Fir Bolg, whose name also features in the village Tuaim Beola (Toombeola).   Binn Bhán is the highest mountain in the Twelve Bens area and the 91st highest in Ireland. Binn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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Binn Bhan and meeting my first MV member. .. by dominic divilly   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
A tourist in my own country .. by AdrianneB   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
I did the big horseshoe - Binn Ghleann Uisce, Gle .. by nohoval_turrets   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
My first outing in the 12 Bens was a pleasure. Am .. by aburden   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
Being inexperienced we didn't follow any of the u .. by Audi-Anne   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
Super64 on Binn Bhán, 2005
by Super64  29 Jul 2005
Spent Three nights in the Conemarra national Park area in late January 2005. If your looking for rugged terrain this area is just the ticket. I started in Letterfrack, going through the valley and approached Benaun from the Northwest. The going was tough due to the boggy conditions at lower levels and was no different through the long grass area. Once I hit rock approx half way up it was just the incline to compete with. Some extraordinary views with an abundance of wildlife. Cold/wet weather gear a must. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/1842/
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