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Letterbreckaun Mountain Binn Bhriocáin A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Bhriocáin [TR], 'Brecan’s peak') Galway County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 667m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L85652 55093
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Longitude: -9.725588, Latitude: 53.533367 , Easting: 85652, Northing: 255093 Prominence: 322m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 485607 755098,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Ltrbrc, 10 char: Ltrbrckn
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

The anglicised name Letterbreckaun comes from Leitir Bhriocáin [TR], 'Brecan’s wet hillside', and is the name of a townland on the slope of the hill. St. Brecan is a saint associated particularly with Co. Galway, who is said to have been the successor to St. Enda in Cill Éinne, the Aran Islands [TR, 106]. His name is also remembered in another townland called Letterbrickaun in Leenane parish and in the parish of Cill Bhriocáin / Kilbrickan, located south of Maam Cross.   Binn Bhriocáin is the second highest mountain in the Maamturks area and the 166th highest in Ireland.

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A day and a night in Joyce Country .. by Phahie   (Show all for Binn Bhriocáin)
View of Binn Bhriocain from Maumean .. by silver   (Show all for Binn Bhriocáin)
In this view Binn Bhriocáin is seen from Benbaun .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Binn Bhriocáin)
fkaatje on Binn Bhriocáin, 2009
by fkaatje  22 Mar 2009
On Saturday March 21st I had a great sunny afternoon out on the Cnoc na hUillean - Binn Bhriocain ridge. I started on the Maumeen valley road at the small carpark near the bridge SW of col Mam Ochoige. Aim straight for the lowest point of the col keeping the stream on your left. Once the stream veers to the left continue straight up negotiating a very steep grass slope until it flattens out near the col. Upon reaching the wide col you can immediately go up the ridge to your left.

The ridge itself is fairly straightforward and has no particular difficult sections apart from some light scrambling and a short but impressive steep grass slope just above col Mam Tuiric. Just make sure you don't miss out any of the turns on this serpentine like ridge. If you have a GPS then best use the waypoints of the Maamturks challenge (http://www.simonstewart.ie/Turks/mt3.htm). And of course you should not skip the short detour to the top of Cnoc na hUillean.

The descent from Mam Tuirc to the west is a relaxed gentle slope. Keep the stream on your left until the terrain flattens out. Then cross the stream and stroll in a SW direction through the bog until you reach the Western Way which you follow back to the car. I used 6 hours to complete this walk in a moderate pace including a few short breaks.

You can view and download my GPS trail from http://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=330075 D.

Tip: If you need a quick escape from the ridge you can probably descend back to the road from the col between Cnoc na hUillean and Maumean. I have not done this myself but studied it top-down as well as bottom-up and it looks moderae steep but very do-able. To avoid the steeper parts if looks like if you should start descend nortwest, then west and then southwest. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/161/comment/3662/
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Circular route from Glenlosh .. by csd   (Show all for Binn Bhriocáin)
An enjoyable day out .. by ColinCallanan   (Show all for Binn Bhriocáin)
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