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Twelve Bens Area   SE: Glencoaghan Loop Subarea
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Bencollaghduff Mountain An Bhinn Dubh A name in Irish Ir. An Bhinn Dubh [TR#], 'black peak') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 696m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L79782 52992
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Longitude: -9.812862, Latitude: 53.51334 , Easting: 79782, Northing: 252992 Prominence: 191m,  Isolation: 1.3km
ITM: 479765 753013,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnclgh, 10 char: Bnclghdf
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Bencollaghduff means ‘peak of the black hags’. The black hags in question are cormorants [TR]. The OSI form Binn Dhubh represents a prescribed standard modern Irish form. Tim Robinson's Binn Dubh represents the local dialect, which omits lenition of d and t when the previous word ends in a dental consonant.   An Bhinn Dubh is the third highest mountain in the Twelve Bens area and the 119th highest in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Bencollaghduff (<i>An Bhinn Dubh</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: The ascent of Binn Dubh from Mam Eidhneach
Rocky peak with great views in the central Bens
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Colin Murphy  6 Feb 2021
Bencollaghduff is in the middle both of the 12 Bens and the Glencoaghan Horseshoe. It has a long E/W summit area, very rocky with steep-sided summit with the steepest ground on its northern approaches. There are magnficent views of a lot of the other Bens, Maamturks and the Benchoona massif while further afield the south Mayo hills are up for relatively close scrutiny.

S. From the south Bencollaghduff is normally done as part of the Glencoaghan horseshoe - clockwise startng at Ben Lettery YH L77696 48225 starA or anticlockwise from approx. L80532 48861 starB. Either route makes for a very strenuous day out with a lot of up and down on steep, rocky ground - usually well in excess of 7 hours for the circuit. See Ben Lettery and/or Derryclare for starting details. Brncollaghduff is one of the easier parts of the route not having too much steep ground on either approach.

NE. Park on the Inagh Valley Road at appro. L81981 56186 starC and follow the Glen Eidhneach road SW until you reach a distinct moraine. This in turn leads to a sheep track on east side of Benbaun. Follow the track up to the 3-way mountain pass known as Mam Eidhneach. From the gap between (B Dubh and B Bhraoin) head East along a rocky shoulder to Binn Dubh's summit. 3.5 to 4hrs round trip.
From the same starting point you can also head up via the Bencorrbeg ridge - a rocky approach with great views over Lough Inagh.

Notable tracks include track/3581 and track/3205. The Glencoaghan circuit is approximated by track/2731. Linkback:
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Mam Eidhneach is about half way on the Chochan ci .. by aburden   (Show all for Bencollaghduff (An Bhinn Dubh))
After descending to Maumina (Maumnageeragh) Col 7 .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Bencollaghduff (An Bhinn Dubh))
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