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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:
I came and left Binn Bhraoin via Binn Gabhar. It' .. by csd   (Show all for Benbreen (Binn Bhraoin))
Our party of three did the Glencoaghan Horseshoe .. by Fergal Meath   (Show all for Benbreen (Binn Bhraoin))
The summit of Benbreen is long and bumpy with var .. by simon3   (Show all for Benbreen (Binn Bhraoin))
After just climbing Gabhar, the climb up to the s .. by aburden   (Show all for Benbreen (Binn Bhraoin))
(See Binn Gabhar for first part of walk) After de .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Benbreen (Binn Bhraoin))
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