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Mweelrea Area   E: Ben Gorm Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 12, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, EW-CON, MSW 
Highest place:
Mweelrea, 814m
Maximum height for area: 814 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 779 metres,

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Ben Gorm Mountain An Bhinn Ghorm A name in Irish, also Binn Ghorm an extra EastWest name in Irish (Ir. An Bhinn Ghorm [MNIMA*], 'the blue peak') Mayo County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite Bedrock

Height: 700m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L86227 65242
Place visited by 356 members. Recently by: DeirdreM, keith.dillon, rhw, MeabhTiernan, taramatthews, srr45, PiotrR, Carolineswalsh, abeach, Barrington1978, Timmy.Mullen, Krzysztof_K, Kaszmirek78, glencree, miriam
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Longitude: -9.721075, Latitude: 53.624709 , Easting: 86227, Northing: 265242 Prominence: 670m,  Isolation: 1km
ITM: 486152 765254,   GPS IDs, 6 char: BnGrm, 10 char: Ben Gorm
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)

An Bhinn Ghorm is a mountain name which occurs 3 times in Co. Mayo. Ir. gorm is usually translated 'blue', but Breandán S. Mac Aodha suggests that 'iron-grey' is closer to the true meaning in such mountain names (MNIMA, 149). Walks: for a route taking in Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 60-61.   Ben Gorm is the 115th highest place in Ireland. Ben Gorm is the most easterly summit and also the second most southerly in the Mweelrea area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Ben Gorm (<i>An Bhinn Ghorm</i>) in area Mweelrea, Ireland
Picture: Ben Gorm from the south east.
Flattish Summit - high point of an exciting and rugged range.
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Onzy  27 Mar 2021
Ben Gorm is the most southerly peak in the compact range of hills that form the Ben Gorm group. There are fine coums as well as long raking spurs that extend to the E. It lies close to Killary Harbour and the Mweelrea - besides these, there's lots to see from the summit incl. Devilsmother, the Sheffreys and Clare Island. The ridges are narrow in places with steep ground in abuncance along with a possible feeling of exposure to be experienced.

SE. Park at Aasleagh Falls (L89342 64412 starA) where there is ample parking. Head up between a double row of fences until meeting the ridge line of the most S spur and head W keeping the coum on your right. There's wet ground lower down but it's better going once you attain the spur. Allow 2 hrs.+
If trying to complete an entire circuit note that it will involve a long trek through bog to the E of the main ridge as well as potentially difficult crossings of the Glendavock and Lugayeran rivers.

NE. Another starting point is at the E end of the N spur, around L88803 67234 starB, heading S onto the spur, then W to Ben Creggan, over its S top and onto BG - about 2.5 hrs.
Parking further E at forest entrance you can head through the forest to approx. L93099 67094 starC and walk BG's long eastern spur to the summit. Allow 2.5 hrs+

W. A third starting point is at Delphi Lodge (L84006 65000 starD) heading straight and v steeply for the summit - approx. 1 hr.

Notable tracks incl. track/3699 , track/3073 [car split] and the lengthy track/2735. Linkback: Picture about mountain Ben Gorm (<i>An Bhinn Ghorm</i>) in area Mweelrea, Ireland
Picture: View of Killary Harbour from the slopes of Ben Gorm as the sun sets
mcrtchly on Ben Gorm, 2009
by mcrtchly  25 Jun 2009
A great evening climb of Ben Gorm, still on the summit at 9pm and got down as it was getting dark. Access from the Ashleagh Falls car park was a little difficult. The start of the route described by Lynam is along the track besides the falls - this is no longer accessible as the gate was locked and the road marked Private. The alternative is to take the route between the two lines of fences running up the hillside from the car park. Note that the ground is wet in places and you should stick mainly close to the left fence. A gate at the end of the line of fences leads on to the hillside. Beware of long grass as annoying tussocks which make the progress very slow until the ridge line is reached. The climb along the ridge is steep in places and you can scramble on the rocks if you wish. Found the 'real' summit using GPS co-ordinates given by rmilne. Cloudless evening with great views of Killary, Twelve Pins. and Clare Island. A highly recommended climb. Linkback:
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Picture: long ridge from Tawnyard Lough
gerrym on Ben Gorm, 2008
by gerrym  30 Mar 2008
I have tackled Ben Gorm from the south with the relatively short and easy climb from Ashleagh falls. For this walk I approached from the north, taking in the long central ridge rising near Tawnyard Lough. The start of the walk is reached through the beautiful Glenummera valley which has the Sheeffry Hills towering above its northern side and the Ben Gorm mountains on it southern side. Park at entrance to forest above Tawnyard Lough (914678 starE) where there is parking for several cars and an informative information board on the area. Follow the track down into the forest, take turn to right and follow roughly hewn track as crosses bridge and river flowing into Lough. Continue until leave the forest and take the open ground to the right which leads onto the 6 km ridge to the summit of Ben Gorm. A fence leads for quite a distance and if the magnificent scenery isn't doing the trick a quick hold will provide a jolt to the senses. The ground is quite wet until reach point 356m (897662 starF), from here there is a slight descent before firmer rockier ground starts. The ridge begins to narrow and there are big drops into the river valley to the north and the corrie to the south containing little Lugaharry Lough. There are good views north to the Sheeffrys (shrouded in mist) and to the two tops of Ben Creggan, south the Devilsmother rises dramatically from the Eriff river valley, with the Bens and Mamturks in the distance. The ridge gives a great feeling as it narrows and becomes rockier. Numerous stops were taken to look back along the length of the ridge and to the surrounding high and low ground - breathtaking! I stuck to the northern side as curved around passing a cairn on its way to the summit cairn itself (a walk of nearly three hours and no one else to bump into). Mist was floating around the top so I only had glimpses of the views to the Twelve Bens across Killary Harbour. From the top it is a drop down NW passing another small cairn on the drop to the col with Ben Creggan S Top. (see for next part of walk). Linkback:
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Picture: Middle descent ridge
A super day out
by david bourke  28 Sep 2011
Climbed Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan on the 25th September 2011. Commenced at Killary and made ascent to the ridge via the double line of fences from the car park. Rather wet at start but once on the ridge it was a gentle pull up on to the summit on good terrain. Continued on to Ben Creggan. Got hit by a hail storm on the initial climb to the spot height 687 but by the time the main summit was reached the sun shone and with strong winds the wet gear soon dried out. Returned on to the summit cairn of Ben Gorm and descended the central ridge shown in picture. It was then a short descent off this ridge to cross the Lugayeran River and final return down over the long tussocky grass to the car park near the Ashely Falls. Started at 11am and finished at 5pm. It is a most rewarding climb and the views of Mweelrea, The Sheefrys,Devilsmothers, Maumstrasna are unrivaled. Ashley Briege Car park IL893 644 Ben Gorm Cairn IL862 652. Ben Creggan Spot Height 687 IL858 660. Ben Creggan Summit Cairn IL857 666. Central Spur exit point IL883 657. Lugayeran River Crossing IL886 650 Linkback:
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Approaching from the south east
by ColinCallanan  20 Jun 2015
Incredible views all the way as you approach from the south-east. I used the track from Onzy and found it very helpful. Linkback:
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The sting in the tail...........
by millsd1  11 Aug 2013
Parked at entrance to forest above Tawnyard Lough L914678 starE and proceeded westwards along the road to L888673 starG. Then turned south to access (through a few hundred metres rough clear felled forest) the rocky northern spur leading to summit of Ben Creggan. We started the walk in rain and poor visibility but conditions had improved dramatically by the time we summited Creggan, it was well worth the effort.

From there proceeded to Ben Creggan S. Top and Ben Gorm before descending via the 6km long central spur. As other members have commented, there are great views of all the surrounding ranges and I'm not going to try and improve on their descriptions. The purpose of this comment is to high-light a couple of potential hazards at the lower (eastern) end of the central spur.

Our intention was to descend the central spur and link up with the Western Way to return to the car. The plan was to leave the spur at about L915666 starH and descend to the southern most of the two parallel east/west forest tracks shown on the map south of Derrintin Lough . The tracks could be clearly seen from this vantage point and while they looked a bit overgrown, they appeared viable. They aren't! Closer inspection revealed impenetrable rough terrain.
The second hazard is the 5 strand fence bordering the southern edge of the forest from about L917666 starI to L931671 starJ. It's electrified and packs quite a kick. Ensure you hand-rail this fence metaphorically rather than literally!

The sensible route is to stick to the crown of the spur all the way to / from L931671 starJ. You'll still have to cross the fence but there is an insulated section here to facilitate this.
Also, watch out for a single live supply wire at waist height joining the fence from the south at about L928668 starK. You can duck under this one though.

Notwithstanding the difficulties encountered near the end, this is a truly memorable ridge walk and one that I will repeat. Linkback:
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