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Twelve Bens Area   SE: Glencoaghan Loop Subarea
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Benbreen Mountain Binn Bhraoin A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Braoin [TR], 'Braon’s peak') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 691m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78311 51547
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Longitude: -9.834523, Latitude: 53.500006 , Easting: 78311, Northing: 251547 Prominence: 186m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 478290 751567,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnbrn, 10 char: Benbreen
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

This peak is particularly impressive when viewed across the abyss of Mám na Gaoithe from Bengower. Braon can mean 'drip' or 'drop', but may be a personal name here. It is the basis of the surnames Ó Braoin and Mac Braoin, anglicised as Breen and McBreen.   Binn Bhraoin is the 127th highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Benbreen (<i>Binn Bhraoin</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Benbreen and its south face.
Steep-sided, rocky summit in the western Bens of Connemara
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, simon3, Colin Murphy  15 Mar 2021
Benbreen is a multi-topped summit W of the much-lauded Glencoaghan Horseshoe. Like all the Bens it's v rocky but the only one with a lot of loose scree - just on the obvious route between it and Bengower. It's a hill that's nearly always climbed in conjunction with others - usually long days out on the Glencoaghan or Owenglin horseshoes. Views from the top are impressive over the other bens and associated valleys along with the Maamturks and W towards the sea.

SE. Start at 80525 48863 starA and follow the Glencoaghan horseshoe anti-clockwise [look up entry for Derryclare]. After descending Bencollaghduff to the col at L78831 52724 starB go SW up easy rock-strewn slopes reaching the summit after passing a couple of tops. If continuing on the horseshoe be prepared for a v steep descent via the infamous scree of the S face. Alternatively, backtrack to the col and head SE down the valley following the river and your nose back to the car. Indeed you could approach the hill this way too.
If horseshoeing in a clockwise direction you can avoid the scree by keeping slightly left where you can ascend over bigger rocks, following a v feint track.

W. If doing BB as part of the Owenglin Horseshoe, park at L74140 51352 starC and head first either to Benglenisky or Maumonght SW Top. Both routes intersect with the Glencoaghan H. so see above for brief details or see entries for Benlettery or Derryclare for more.

Notable tracks incl. track/3929, track/1511 and the uncompromising track/2731. Linkback: Picture about mountain Benbreen (<i>Binn Bhraoin</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: The view east over to Derryclare, with the Maamturks in the distance
csd on Benbreen, 2007
by csd  21 Oct 2007
I came and left Binn Bhraoin via Binn Gabhar. It's certainly a lot easier going down than up! Underfoot, scree slope makes it seem like you're climbing a 200-metre sand dune. Outstanding views of the entire Derryclare Horseshoe, Binn Ban, and most of the central Bens. Linkback:
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Picture: Binn Bhraoin with Binn Gabhar to the left from Binn Dubh summit.
Fergal Meath on Benbreen, 2008
by Fergal Meath  6 Oct 2008
Our party of three did the Glencoaghan Horseshoe anti-clockwise last June, taking in 6 of the 12 Bens (Derryclare, Binn Chorr, Binn Dubh, Binn Bhraoin, Binn Gabhar, Ben Lettery). We left one car at the Ben Lettery Hostel (which I would recommend as a comfortable overnight before this big day out) and drove the other to a layby near the foot hills of Derryclare. It was 8.30am when we set off from here and we did not arrive back at the hostel until 5.30pm. We were lucky enough to have a calm overcast day - ideal for this walk. The picture, taken from Binn Dubh, shows the long top of Binn Bhraoin with Binn Gabhar to the left. Linkback:
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simon3 on Benbreen, 2004
by simon3  27 Jun 2004
The summit of Benbreen is long and bumpy with various cairns – one writer describes it as “boomerang shaped”. The ridge from the summit south is covered in this reddish scree which continues down almost to the col at 470m, that col known as Maumnageeragh Linkback:
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Picture: Binn Bhraoin South Face
aburden on Benbreen, 2006
by aburden  28 Feb 2006
After just climbing Gabhar, the climb up to the summit of Binn Bhraoin is tough. By staying to the left of the main scree field you can pick up a track that weaves up to the top. If you are doing the whole Chochan circuit, note that there are steeper climbs ahead. Linkback:
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Picture: Looking west over Tievebreen Forest from Bin Bhraoín's summit
eflanaga on Benbreen, 2006
by eflanaga  3 May 2006
(See Binn Gabhar for first part of walk) After descending north-face of Binn Gabhar on to col (470m) at 78306 51167 starD the nine members of the Mid-Ulster Club undertaking the Glencoaghan Horseshoe started the ascent of the very impressive Binn Bhraoín with its three distinct tops. The 221m steep climb from the col is over loose shale and extremely rocky ground making the going tough, particularly in the hot weather conditions. A well-earned rest was taken on the main summit where GPS readings appear to confirm height at 691m. Here lunch was taken and plasters dispensed for blisters, one to a gentleman from Galway, accompanied by his friend, who we had met at the top of Binn Gabhar. We were to meet up with these two genial gentlemen at various stages of the walk during the day. The wonderful sunshine provided an opportunity for the mountains and valleys to present themselves in all their glorious splendour whether looking west across Binn Ghleann Uisce (Bengleniskey) and into the sun-drenched valley containing Tievebreen Forest. Northwest An Chailleach & Meacanach (Muckanaght) and north the imposing and impressive Binn Bhán were equally resplendent in the midday sunshine. To the northeast the Binn Bhraoín’s own ridge and its two other tops lead the eye to the sheer walls of Binn Dubh, BInn Chorr & Binn Doire Chláir that stand sentinel like to the north & east of the Glencoaghan Valley. Beyond these some of the Mamturks summits can be seen offering promises of more spectacular walking. From the main summit it is a relatively short drop, walk and climb up on to the Central Top. Linkback:
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