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Maamturks Area   N: Maumturks N Cen Subarea
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Letterbreckaun Mountain Binn Bhriocáin A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Bhriocáin [TR], 'Brecan’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: 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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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Letterbreckaun (<i>Binn Bhriocáin</i>) in area Maamturks, Ireland
Picture: View from the Western Way
A mighty and rocky peak in the northern Maamturks with 360 degree views
Short Summary created by markmjcampion  13 Nov 2020
Letterbreckaun is at the western end of a bulky massif in the NW part of the Maamturks. Most routes involve a few other summits so be prepared for plenty of up and down!
S. From the S, park at L85929 53373 A where there is room for 2 cars. Head W along the Western Way turning right just before the 2nd bridge. Follow the stream and after nearly 1.5km branch off to the E to gain the col at L87142 54210 B. Head north over Knocknahillion N Top and follow the feint trail WNW over a minor top before climbing steeply to the summit. Return the same way or for a loop see track/3240 for a detailed description. It's about 6k to the summit [1.5 to 2hrs] and the loop is 16k with 850m ascent.
E.From the E, park discreetly near L87867 55705 C in Glenlosh valley. It would make for a v steep climb to head straight for Letterbreckaun NE Top form here. Better to head NW along the road until you reach the river at a sharp bend. Head up the W ridge to Maumturkmore and follow the main Maamturk ridge to Letterbreckaun. To descend from here follow the ridge as far as Knocknahillion before descending first E and then N to regain your car, keeping the forestry on your right as you descend. 14k with 1,000m ascent.
Track/1872 details this route in reverse.
The area abounds with steep, rocky ground and utmost care is needed in the mist and wet.
Views from the top are panoramic incl the Bens, Mweelrae, the Sheffries as well as Killary harbour and Benchoona. To the south are Lough Inagh and Lisoughter. Linkback:
A day and a night in Joyce Country .. by Phahie   (Show all for Letterbreckaun (Binn Bhriocáin))
View of Binn Bhriocain from Maumean .. by silver   (Show all for Letterbreckaun (Binn Bhriocáin))
In this view Binn Bhriocáin is seen from Benbaun .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Letterbreckaun (Binn Bhriocáin))
On Saturday March 21st I had a great sunny aftern .. by fkaatje   (Show all for Letterbreckaun (Binn Bhriocáin))
Circular route from Glenlosh .. by csd   (Show all for Letterbreckaun (Binn Bhriocáin))
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