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MacGillycuddy's Reeks Area , Cen: Reeks West Subarea
Feature count in area: 29, all in Kerry, OSI/LPS Maps: 78, EW-KNP, EW-R
Highest Place: Carrauntoohil 1038.6m

Starting Places (19) in area MacGillycuddy's Reeks:
Ballaghbeama Gap, Bridia Valley End, Cronins Yard, Gap of Dunloe Head of, Gap of Dunloe Kate K, Glashaknockbrassel Stream, Glasheenoultagh Stream, Hydro Road CP, Knocknsallagh Bridge, Lisleibane Trail Head, Lough Acoose North, Lough Acoose West, Lough Cappanlea OEC, Lough Caragh SW, Lough Fada N, Lough Reagh N, Maghanlawaun Bridia Valley, Shamrock Farmhouse B&B, Tomies Lough Leane NW

Summits & other features in area MacGillycuddy's Reeks:
Cen: Reeks West: Beenkeragh 1008.2m, Caher 1000m, Caher West Top 973.4m, Carrauntoohil 1038.6m, Cnoc Íochtair 746.3m, Hag's Tooth 662m, Knockbrinnea East Top 845.4m, Knockbrinnea West Top 852.2m, The Bones Peak 956.5m, Skregmore 847.7m, Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann 852.1m
E: Cnoc an Bhráca: Cnoc an Bhráca 728m, Cnoc na dTarbh 655m, Strickeen 440m
N: Reeks North: Knockbrack 425m, Knocknabrone Hill 353m, Skregbeg 573m
NW: Gortnagan: Gortnagan Beg 298m
SE: Reeks East: Brassel Mountain 575m, Cnoc an Chuillinn 954.6m, Cnoc an Chuillinn East Top 922.9m, Knocknapeasta 985.1m, Cnoc na Toinne 844.1m, Cruach Mhór 930.8m, Maolán Buí 968.9m, The Big Gun 939.9m
SW: Bridia: Beann Bhán 459.5m, Beendarrig 449.7m, Beann Dubh 450.5m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Beenkeragh, 1,008.2m Mountain Binn Chaorach A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Binn Chaorach [OSI 1:25,000],'mountain of sheep'), Kerry County in Munster province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish 900s Lists, Beenkeragh is the second highest mountain in Ireland. Beenkeragh is the second highest point in county Kerry.
Grid Reference V80139 85245, OS 1:50k mapsheet 78
Place visited by: 912 members, recently by: davidrenshaw, DarrenY, jeb, Juanita, glencree, RosieMc, farmerjoe1, JustMe, Padraigin, benjimann9, Nomad691, jellybean, eimirmaguire, kieran117, kelleher
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Longitude: -9.746246, Latitude: 52.006802, Easting: 80139, Northing: 85245, Prominence: 90.8m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 480115 585304
Bedrock type: Purple sandstone & siltstone, (Ballinskelligs Sandstone Formation)
Notes on name: Beenkeragh offers challenging scrambling on the Hag's Tooth Ridge. It is connected to Carrauntoohil by a ridge known as the Bones.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnkrgh, 10 char: Beenkeragh

Gallery for Beenkeragh (Binn Chaorach) and surrounds
Summary for Beenkeragh (Binn Chaorach): Carrauntoohil's Minder
Summary created by march-fixer 2013-08-29 13:23:16
   picture about Beenkeragh (<em>Binn Chaorach</em>)
Picture: Beenkeragh in the centre mist
This lovely peak is the gate-keeper to Carrauntoohil. It is part of an excellent route to summit Carrantoohil via the two Knockbrinnea tops to the north east or even via Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann to the north west. Though it has quite a rocky top, there is no difficulty in attaining the summit.

Getting there it is either a straight haul up from Knockbrinnea (W) or on the other side it is a delicate traverse of The Bones along the Beenkeragh Ridge from the col with Carrantoohil. The only other sensible approach is via Stumpa Bharr na hAbhann to the north west.

There are 360 degree views from this summit. The cross on the summit of Carrantoohil is tantalisingly close, that is if the mist allows sight of it.
Member Comments for Beenkeragh (Binn Chaorach)

   picture about Beenkeragh (<em>Binn Chaorach</em>)
Picture: Beenkeeragh from Carrauntoohill Tooth
eflanaga on Beenkeragh
by eflanaga 18 Jul 2006
From the top of Carrauntoohill Tooth (The Bones) – see for previous stage of the walk – I decided to take the knife-edge ridge approach to Beenkeeragh, This is a short but possibly hair-raising approach not for the faint-hearted. The wind was not very strong as I made my way across but was enough to make me perhaps more nervous than I might otherwise have been. Maybe it was the anticipation of difficulty but while I enjoyed this little adventure I would be lying if I said it was a piece of cake. Sure it is passable with care (I’m testament to that) but anyone deciding on the route needs to take in a wide range of variables in deciding whether to cross the arête or to take the safer option, a track a few metres below on the coum side of the ridge. Either way with due care and attention there shouldn’t be a problem either way. Once across the arête there is a fairly sharp ascent over large boulders requiring the use of hands in places up onto the rocky top and small cairn which marks the summit of Beenkeeragh. Here again spectacular views await the lucky walker who happens to be afforded clear weather when they reach the top. A small group of walkers waved down from across the way on Carrauntoohill, another group could be seen making their way across the Caher Ridge while two more walkers were starting the Beenkerragh ridge crossing below me. It was getting pretty busy on these hills as the day progressed. You can’t help feeling elated at the views which beguile you at every turn. This added to the knowledge (if you have taken the Horseshoe Anti-clockwise) that you have completed the worst (best!!) of the climbing makes you feel justified in having attempted the walk in the first place. It was at this stage that I veered slightly off course of the usual Horseshoe route to take in the twin peaks of Knockbrinnea to the northeast – see for next stage of the walk. Linkback:
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   picture about Beenkeragh (<em>Binn Chaorach</em>)
Picture: Beenkeragh in winter.
simon3 on Beenkeragh
by simon3 5 Jan 2006
Every bump and line is picked out by the snow in this picture taken from the NW ridge of Caher West.
Beenkeragh is on the left skyline while Carrauntoohil disappears into the mist on the right. In between was what proved to be a strenuous and at times hairy challenge. Linkback:
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milo on Beenkeragh
by milo 29 Jul 2002
A fine ascent via the north rim of Coomloughra. A return route is available to the north. Respect the Beenkeragh ridge in adverse conditions unless equipped and experienced. Linkback:
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   picture about Beenkeragh (<em>Binn Chaorach</em>)
Picture: Beenkeeragh from Carrauntoohil October 2008
Harry Goodman on Beenkeragh
by Harry Goodman 11 Aug 2009
I was very impressed with the Coomloughra Horseshoe Walk which I did in August 2000, for the second time. Unfortunately after Beenkeragh I encountered thick mist on both occasions and saw nothing from the ridge across to Carrauntohill and then to Caher. I was therefore delighted to see the fine pictures on the Beenkeragh site. Congratulations to the photographers.

As a tail-peice to my comments above I had the good fortune to do the Coomloughra Horseshoe for the third time in October 2008 in perfect conditions, with clear visibility for the entire route. Unlike the two previous occasions I did the route in an anti-clockwise direction and was very impressed with the fine views across from Caher to Carrauntoohil, the Beenkeragh ridge and Beenkeragh. Walking in this direction wets your appetite for what is to come. So if on the first occasion mist blocks out the views on your round try, try again. You will be well rewarded for the effort. Linkback:
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Picture: Beenkeragh Ridge
marzka on Beenkeragh
by marzka 4 Jan 2010
This is a magnificent, very enjoyable and very demanding trek. I started my way on parking near Lislebane (Grid Ref. Lilybane (V827 873)) and than follow the obvious track into the Hags Glen as for the Devils ladder ascent. After crossing the Gaddagh river proceed for 15-20 minutes before branching off to the right along a still (!) well beaten path. This winding path is rather steep and exposed in a few places making some easy to moderate scrambling necessary and offers great views of Carrauntoohil and the Hags Tooth Ridge. One of the highlights along the way to O Shea's Gully is Cummeenoughter Lake. Soon after passing the lake I begin my ascent up the Gully (keep the right gully) with high cliffs on my left hand side and the Beenkeeragh Ridge on my right. On reaching the top of the gully there are some wonderful views of the Reeks and surrounding countryside to be observed. The Ridge requires great care especially in winter. There was no path on the Ridge! There was a lot of snow this year, so reaching that way was passable only for experienced hill walkers with winter equipment. I passed Beenkeragh Redge, Beenkeragh and than I descended onto Knockbrinnea. I backed to parking via NW Knockbrinnea slope. It was amaizing and I fall in love in MacGillyouddys Reeks. ;) Linkback:
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