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Benfree Mountain Binn Fraoigh A name in Irish
also Luggatarriff an extra name in English
(Ir. Binn Fraoigh [TR], 'peak of heather') Galway County, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam Lists, Aluminous schists, hornblendic rocks Bedrock

Height: 638m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L77758 54412
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Longitude: -9.844015, Latitude: 53.525641 , Easting: 77758, Northing: 254412 Prominence: 48m,  Isolation: 0.9km
ITM: 477734 754435,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Benfre, 10 char: Benfree
Bedrock type: Aluminous schists, hornblendic rocks, (Barnanoraun Schist Formation)

On the Discovery map this peak is marked as Luggatarriff, a name meaning 'hollow of the bull' which probably applies to a hollow on the slopes of Benfree.   Binn Fraoigh is the 222nd highest place in Ireland.

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Ascent via Benbaun .. by group   (Show all for Binn Fraoigh)
Benfree – Living in the Shadow of its Big Brother .. by Trailtrekker   (Show all for Binn Fraoigh) Picture about mountain Binn Fraoigh in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Muckanaght and Benfree from halfway up Ben Baun
Owenglin Valley
by Geansai  26 May 2011
Approached from the Owenglin valley to the west. Turn north off the N59 between the youth hostel and Clifden to get there and park at the entrance to the forest track just after the bridge ( L 744 513 D ). Its a fifteen minute walk straight up the forest track until you come to a wide stream that you get round by going to the left and you're in the valley where you can take your pick of the various saddles to ascend. Its a slog across this valley on rough grassy terrain, boggy in some places to get up the saddle between Ben Cullagh and Muckanaght. Once on the saddle, the views to the north open up and get better from the summit of Muckanaght. The descent from Muckanaght was quite steep. I took my time coming down on the right side of the east slope here as it was almost a sheer drop at one stage further left. The ascent to Benfree is a little easier than Muckanaght.. Fine views of the valley below, the Mamturks to the east , the other bens to the south and north, and the sea to the north west and south west. The drop from Benfree on the way to Benbaun is nowhere near as severe and its a straightforward ascent to Benbaun over rocky terrain that I found easier than the grassy slopes of the other two mountains. It took me exactly two hours from the parking area to Muckanaght, just under an hour from there to Benfree ( including a rest ) and around half an hour from Benfree to Benbaun. It took another two hours to get back from Benbaun to the car. I didn't feel like doing any more ascents and went back to the col between Benbaun and Benfree and descended to the Owenglin valley floor from there. Not recomended. A lot of hand holding and seemed to be waiting for ever for the gradient to ease further towards the bottom. When I looked back up from the valley floor I was thinking how the hell did I manage to come down that way. And the slog across the whole length of the boggeyish valley seemed to take forever. If you want to go up Ben Baun you're probably better off taking the eastern approach. But for the main summits west of Ben Baun this valley is a good approach. I had gone up Maumonght and Becullagh a previous day from here ( and clear weather on both days ). From those you can see the mouth of the Owenglin river where Clifden is located with Clifden a speck around it. Linkback:
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This panoramic picture shows Binn Fraoigh, left, .. by simon3   (Show all for Binn Fraoigh)
Benfree on 28.12.2003, seen from closer to the su .. by csd   (Show all for Binn Fraoigh)
Benfree seen from Benbaun. .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Binn Fraoigh)
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