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Benbaun Mountain Binn Bhán A name in Irish
(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 place has been logged as visited by 434 members. Recently by: DeltaP, kitchen, Stephen_Holman, eamonoc, johnballinger, Golly, Philhanson, k_mcdermott, Daingean, Juanita, deccarroll85, Magsamillion, annemariebbrenna, davsheen, Hadleigh
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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 88th highest in Ireland. Binn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Binn Bhán in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: A calm Kylmore river allows us to proceed this time
 
Kylmore river no match for us this time
by paddyobpc  25 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 29 Jul 2016. Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself attempted this climb on 10 July 2016 on a very wet Sunday. Following what we regarded at this stage as the “Bible” of the county High Point guides, Kieron Gribbon’s book “Ireland's County High Points – A Walking Guide” we parked on a small road off the R344. The showers were coming and going as we set off on the track but after just 20mins we were at a spot that required the crossing of the Kylmore River but we found that due to all the rain it was unsafe to cross. After searching up and down the bank hoping for a safe crossing we turned back for the car in disappointment but it just wasn’t to be on this occasion.
We returned on a much better day towards the end of July following the same route and crossed the river Kylemore without any issues this time. Apart from a small bit of mist and cloud that moved on as quick as it came, the views were great, even at the top. The bare surface on the approach and on top and the vast amount of mountains surrounding you everywhere you look gives the impression that you are in another world. It takes a while on the decent before the green returns again under foot. We were under no time pressure for this one so we took our time admiring all the views spending almost 5 hours before getting back to the car. This route up and back was 9.5Km climbing just over 680m.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/18827/
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White it is ... .. by yambox   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
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Driving along the R344 I noticed that there is ne .. by murphysw   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
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