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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 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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Simple ascent from NE .. by group   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
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Picture: Benbaun from Benfree, with hiker in the col
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by wicklore  8 Jun 2010
Arriving at Benbaun from Knockpasheemore ridge involves negotiating 270 metres ascent over varied rock, scree and intermittant grassy patches. Thin trails appear and disappear in the scree, helping at times to avoid that 'one step up, two steps back' feeling. I was glad to have my sunglasses in the bright sunlight as the glare off the white rock was dazzling!

Arriving at the curiously broken summit trig pillar, I was presented with the magnificant views south to the Bens of Glencoaghan, and west to Muckanaght & co. Perhaps what makes these mountains all the more startling and impressive is how they contrast with the deep valleys below. Both Bencollaghduff and Muckanaght for example have grey cliffs plunging several hundred metres to the green and verdant valleys at their bases.

I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting to a fellow MountainViews member, Dominic Divilly, at the summit. He was with a small group who expressed surprise at my intention to continue the traverse via Benfree, Muckanaght, Bencullagh, Maumonght and finishing at Maumonght SW Top. This route would leave me a long long way from my car back on the Lough Inagh road. They marvelled at my intention to hike out of the lonely valley at the end of the traverse and hitch the 25 or so kms back to my car. I appreciated receiving a MountainViews members message from Dominic the next day enquiring as to my health and whereabouts! (my plan to hitch worked out well as I got two lifts covering nearly the whole distance)
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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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