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Mweelrea Area , E: Ben Gorm Mountains Subarea
Feature count in area: 12, all in Mayo, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, EW-CON, MSW
Highest Place: Mweelrea 814m

Starting Places (31) in area Mweelrea:
Aasleagh Waterfall CP, Ben Creggan N, Bundorragha Estuary Cross, Bunleemshough River Source, Carraig Bar, Delphi Resort, Dernasliggaun, Doo Lough N, Doo Lough SE, Fee Lough SW, Foher, Glencraff Road End, Glencullin Lough CP, Glendavock, Glenummera River, Illaunroe North, Illaunroe South, Killary Boat Tour Pier W, Leenane, Leenane Hotel, unuseableLeenane R336, Lough Fee East, Muck Lough NW, Nambrackkeagh Lough, Owenduff River, Owengar Bridge, Owenwee River, Sean Scoil an Talaimh Bháin, Silver Strand Road, Tawnydoogan Forest Central, Tawnydoogan Forest North

Summits & other features in area Mweelrea:
E: Ben Gorm Mountains: Ben Creggan 693m, Ben Creggan South Top 687m, Ben Gorm 700m
W: Mweelrea: Ben Bury 795m, Ben Lugmore 803m, Ben Lugmore East Top 790m, Ben Lugmore West Top 790m, Corrymailley Hill 286m, Mweelrea 814m, Mweelrea SE Spur 495m, Tawnydoogan 312m, Teevnabinnia 379m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Ben Creggan, 693m Mountain Binn an Chreagáin A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Binn an Chreagáin [MNIMA*], 'peak of the rocky patch') Binn an Charragáin an extra name in Irish, Teevnabinnian, Mayo County in Connacht province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Ben Creggan is the 122nd highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference L85716 66607, OS 1:50k mapsheet 37
Place visited by: 246 members, recently by: DarrenY, SFlaherty, RosieMc, farmerjoe1, DeirdreM, rhw, taramatthews, srr45, PiotrR, SeanPurcell, Barrington1978, Kaszmirek78, Timmy.Mullen, Krzysztof_K, Ansarlodge
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Longitude: -9.728454, Latitude: 53.636958, Easting: 85716, Northing: 266607, Prominence: 88m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 485697 766628
Bedrock type: Sandstone & conglomerate, ignimbrite, (Mweelrea Formation)
Notes on name: The pronunciation of the name collected during the first Ordnance Survey, Bin a yoragaun, was not as one would expect from the current anglisation Ben Creggan. John O'Donovan interpreted this as Binn a Chorragain. This essentially the same as Fiachra Mac Gabhann’s interpretation, Binn an Charragáin [LME]. A slightly different version, Binn an Chreagáin, was given by Breandán Mac Aodha [MNIMA], The meaning is very similar, however. Walks: for a route taking in Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 60-61.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: BnCrgn, 10 char: Ben Cregan

Gallery for Ben Creggan (Binn an Chreagáin) and surrounds
Summary for Ben Creggan (Binn an Chreagáin): Craggy summit with long descending spur to the east.
Summary created by simon3, Colin Murphy 2024-05-17 13:22:42
   picture about Ben Creggan (<em>Binn an Chreagáin</em>)
Picture: Ben Creggan is the highest point right skyline, Ben Gorm behind.
Park at Gl'Vck (L888 673) in the entrance to a Coillte forest. Cross the road and begin to ascend the long ridge on the eastern side of Ben Creggan. This is a fairly gently rising slope about 3km long, with the going underfoot fairly solid, mostly rocky. The ground becomes markedly steeper as you rise, and continues in this fashion for the remaining 750m climb, which will take you directly to the well-defined summit, which is marked by a cairn. Great views of Mweelrea to the west and Tawnyard Lough to the east, although the view of Doo Lough is partially blocked by the bulk of Barrclashcame. Car to summit will take you about an hour and a half.

It can also be visited from A (L89422 62435) as part of a trip to all three of the "Ben Gorm Mountains" subarea.

The farmer owning the valley (Brian Gibbons) is very sympathetic to hillwalkers, but would appreciate a courtesy call from any groups of more than three or four walkers planning to cross his lands. His number is (095) 42274 or alternatively call at his house 780m west of Tawnyard Lough at B (L898 673).
Member Comments for Ben Creggan (Binn an Chreagáin)

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simon3 on Ben Creggan
by simon3 13 May 2003
There is a small forest entrance at around Gl'Vck (L888 673). Walking south east from it you can reach the spine of the long ridge up Ben Creggan. The day that I did it, I couldn’t see far on either side through the rain and mist, however it should be a classic view with the Sheefry Hills to the north and the very fine ridge east from Ben Gorm. You should also be able to see the Glendavock river. Be aware that in wet weather that you will find this extremely difficult to cross even if you are prepared to wade it.

As you move west and ascend the ridge you will come across this fault as shown in the picture, an unusual feature in the Irish landscape which is visible at around 430-450m elevation. For a considerable distance it follows the line of the ridge and then veers off to the NW. Encountering this fault on a night walk or when it was hidden by snow could be a life-changing experience. Linkback:
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Picture: Ben Creggan seen from summit of Barraclashcarne
gerrym on Ben Creggan
by gerrym 1 Mar 2008
Ben Creggan is a very impressive hill especially when seen from Doo Lough, with its steep and colourful slopes complimenting what is perhaps the best walking area in the country? This is the final part of a fairly demanding 5.5 hour walk taking in Ben Creggan S Top and Ben Gorm. From the col with the S Top (which has fairly substancial remains of a shepards hut) there is a short climb of around 10 minutes in a N direction to reach the summit cairn. It was misty on the top as with the other two on this walk, although I can't complain too much as it was dry unlike the days the other contributors here had. The descent is nearly due east along the northern ridge which parallels Glenummera River far below. The ridge is very rocky and drops steeply from the summit and as the weather cleared I had brilliant viewing as I walked the remaining 3 km of its length. The drops on either side give a good sense of elevation and there is plenty of room to walk along the top. The views across Gleummera to the Sheeffrys are quite special - they were still shrouded in heavy cloud even though the top of Ben Creggan was clear (luckily they were to clear and give me a brilliant days walking along thier lenght the next day). On reaching the final drop off the ridge bera N along the edge of clearfelled forest. There is then a walk over a field of long grass to reach the lonely road travelling through Glenummera. The road can then be followed back to the forest entrance above Tawnyard Lough. It was a very still evening and the water of the Lough was broken by a myriad of circles as the fish fed. An excellent circular walk giving height, stunning views, big drops, long ridges and solitude. Linkback:
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milo on Ben Creggan
by milo 3 Jan 2005
Ben Creggan about 4pm last New Years Eve, seen from the pre-famine road over Doo Lough Linkback:
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Picture: Maam Valley
jlk on Ben Creggan
by jlk 2 Mar 2008
A fantastic day in February 2008. Linkback:
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Access from the east
by Peter Walker 18 May 2015
There is a small piece in the current (Spring 2015) issue of Irish Mountain Log regarding access to Ben Gorm and Ben Creggan via Glendavock to the east. To summarize:

The farmer owning the valley (Brian Gibbons) is very sympathetic to hillwalkers, but would appreciate a courtesy call from any groups of more than three or four walkers planning to cross his lands. His number is (095) 42274 or alternatively call at his house 780m west of Tawnyard Lough at (B (L898 673)).

Information provided by Westport Hillwalkers Club. Linkback:
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