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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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Binn Bhan and meeting my first MV member. .. by dominic divilly   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
A tourist in my own country
by AdrianneB  11 Aug 2011
Great hike on Tuesday 9/8/11, just the right weather for it. I walked in the road to the two farms in the Glencorbet valley, meeting the farmer at the last one, he gave me a tour of the 200 year old cottage at the farm, an amazing thing to see. We then walked part of the valley together. he was heading with his three dogs to round up sheep from the glen. He pointed me to the best route for summiting Benbaun and suggested a few alternate routes taking in the horseshoe and descent options. I ascended along side a stream that runs from the shoulder between Benfree and Benbaun. It's quite boggy in places and gets very steep, was glad I had a walking pole but it was still a feet and hands job. At the summit I met a couple from Mayo and a family from the UK, we descended together down the Knockpasheemore side, the couple continuing on the Gleninagh circuit, with the rest of us descenting from near Lugrevagh. A great day out, fabulous views and nice to meet fellow walkers.

Timn from speaking with the farmer I would guess that the red flags are from the world trail championships http://www.runconnemara.com/live/ that were on a few weeks ago. I agree they should have been removed, often the cleanup is neglected by event teams. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6477/
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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)
Spent Three nights in the Conemarra national Park .. by Super64   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
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