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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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Simple ascent from NE .. by group   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Kylmore river no match for us this time .. by paddyobpc   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
White it is ... .. by yambox   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
This visualisation shows the main twelve bens fro .. by simon3   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Looking at the mountainviews with a fellow Mounta .. by wicklore   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Binn Bhán in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Looking into Glencorbet, with Mweelrea behind
 
murphysw on Binn Bhán, 2008
by murphysw  11 May 2008
Driving along the R344 I noticed that there is new fencing all along the base of Knockpasheemore, as well as a lack of parking spaces. Glencorbet though, provides a good base for tackling the mountain. There is plenty of parking at L796574 B. Follow the path towards the Glencorbet farmhouse, but about 200m before you reach this, cross the river at a bend where its easily crossed, then ascend the Knockpasheemore ridge. This ridge looks trickier to ascend the further you head into Glencorbet so best get it over with. The top of the ridge is undulating and covered in peat hags which luckily were dry. The great dome of Binn Bhan though is very stony. When I got to the summit the mist had momentarily moved in but I'd seen enough on the way up. The Bens are a most impressive range. A word of warning though, dont try and descend the ridge too early. I'd recommend going to about L796553 C, or thereabouts, before heading down to the Kylemore river. I also noticed my compass stopped working on the way down the ridge. Despite looking across at Mweelrea and knowing that to be due north of me, the compass was showing that as east and Clifden as north. Strange, maybe time to invest in GPS! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/3095/
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