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

Height: 664m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78301 50644
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Longitude: -9.834022, Latitude: 53.4919 , Easting: 78301, Northing: 250644 Prominence: 196m,  Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 478300 750664,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bngwr, 10 char: Bengower
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Erroneously marked as ‘Glengower’ on the Discovery series map. On the summit of this mountain you will find thrift (or sea-pink) in bloom during the late spring, despite the fact that it is far inland.   Binn Gabhar is the 172nd highest place in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Bengower (<i>Binn Gabhar</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Bengower from the south west.
Steep rocky peak on the Glencoaghan Horseshoe circuit
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, JohnA, simon3, Colin Murphy  8 Apr 2021
A short drive from Clifden and close to Roundstone Bay, Bengower lies in the SW of the jumble of rocky peaks that comprise the 12 Bens. It is often summited as part of the Glen Coaghan Horseshoe or in conjunction with one or two adjacent peaks. The N side is very steep and requires some easy-grade scrambling but other approaches are more benign. The views from the top are excellent esp. the sweep of bens around to Derryclare, S to Cashel Hill and the huge blanket bog and innumerate lakes that surround it.

SE. Park at L80066 48563 starA [room for a few cars] and walk back the road to make your way onto Bengower's SE spur at L79679 48352 starB. Head N over a prominent knoll and when you reach the col at L79437 49276 starC head NW over ever-steepening rocky/grassy ground until you meet a better-defined ridge at L78424 49990 starD and then head steeply N to the summit. Allow 1.5hrs+

S. Park at the hostel L77711 48234 starE and head over a stile in the hostel's W fence. From here it's a relentlessly steep pull on grassy terrain to the top of Ben Lettery and then an easy down-and-up to BG. Allow 1.5hrs

W. Park at spacious L75012 49897 starF and head N for about 150m before turning right at the end of a former forestry plot. It's initially gentle and boggy but after about 500m the going is firmer and steeper until the summit of Benglenisky. An easy ridge walk takes you over to BG from here. Allow 1.25hrs

Notable tracks incl. track/2436, track/3929 and, if you've got a long summer day, track/2731. Linkback:
Go down if you dare! .. by Onzy   (Show all for Bengower (Binn Gabhar))
Bare rock and scrambles .. by simon3   (Show all for Bengower (Binn Gabhar))
Reaching Bengower, peak of the goat, from the nor .. by simon3   (Show all for Bengower (Binn Gabhar))
View of Chochan Horseshoe .. by aburden   (Show all for Bengower (Binn Gabhar))
eflanaga on Bengower, 2006 .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Bengower (Binn Gabhar))
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