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Central Dingle Area   N: Annascaul Lake North Subarea
Place count in area: 25, OSI/LPS Maps: 70, 71, 78, EW-DC, EW-DE, EW-DW 
Highest place:
Beenoskee, 826m
Maximum height for area: 826 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 491 metres,

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Beenoskee Mountain Binn os Gaoith A name in Irish, also Binn na Sciatháin an extra EastWest name in Irish (Ir. Binn os Gaoith [OSI], 'mountain above the wind/estuary') Kerry County in Munster Province, in Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Purple cross-bedded sandstone Bedrock

Height: 826m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: Q58062 08879
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Longitude: -10.077357, Latitude: 52.213846 , Easting: 58062, Northing: 108879 Prominence: 491m,  Isolation: 0.7km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 458045 608932,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnsk, 10 char: Beenoskee
Bedrock type: Purple cross-bedded sandstone, (Cappagh Sandstone Formation)

It would seem that this name is locally understood to mean 'mountain above the wind', but as wind speeds tend only to increase the more height one gains, one has to ask what this could possibly mean. Another possibility is that gaoth is rather an archaic word for a water feature (possibly Lough Gill or the estuary of the nearby Owenmore River), and that the name was no longer understood once this word had fallen out of common use in Irish. For further information on the name Beenoskee, see Paul Tempan, Some Notes on the Names of Six Kerry Mountains, JKAHS, ser. 2, vol. v (2005), 5-19.   Binn os Gaoith is the highest mountain in the Central Dingle area and the 29th highest in Ireland.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Beenoskee (<i>Binn os Gaoith</i>) in area Central Dingle, Ireland
Picture: Beenoskee from Stradbally mountain.
High rocky conical peak in central Dingle peninsula
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, Peter Walker, aidand  17 Aug 2023
Beenoskee is the loftier of a pair of high, distinguised peaks in mid Dingle Peninsula. Annascaul is to the S and the picturesque Glentanassig Woods lie to the E. Great views are to be had of Brandon, Slieve Mish, the Reeks and SW Kerry.

S. There is parking for about 6 cars at Lough Annascaul. Follow the roadway up the valley until it peters out in the bog above. Then head NE initially across bog and continuing NE gradually ascend the S slopes of Beenoskee, but actually heading for the neighbouring Stradbally Mountain. You will eventually reach a fence which will lead you up to the summit of Stradbally Mountain and its equally impressive views. From here it is a 10 minute walk west to the top of Beenoskee. There is v steep ground on the N side of this ridge, so beware in poor visibility. From Beenoskee you can descend SW and pick up the track back down to Lough Annascaul. Allow about 5 hours.

SE. Park at Q59995 07812 starA and take the trail around the lake to Q59692 07897 starB and follow the stream until it peters out. Then head NW steeply for nearly 2k to the summit. Alternatively, from the car park head S and then SW along forest trails to Q58801 07137 starC and follow a similar route to the summit from here. 1.5hrs+

NE. Park at Q61475 08865 starD and follow a fence up to the E spur and from here another fence almost to the summit of Stradbally. From the summit it's a short walk to Beenoskee. 1.75 - 2hrs

Notable tracks incl. track/2911 9k, track/3158 14k and track/3374 16k Linkback: Picture about mountain Beenoskee (<i>Binn os Gaoith</i>) in area Central Dingle, Ireland
Picture: And the prize for the most phallic cairn goes to...
dbloke on Beenoskee, 2008
by dbloke  6 May 2008
If you're going to tackle the 840 mountain tops on Mountain Views, you may as well start with the ones on your doorstep. So, after staring out the window at Stradbally/Beenoskee for the best part of a year we decided that the bank holiday weekend was the time to take it on. Most walk descriptions seem to start from Anascaul Lake, but it seemed there must be an easier way starting from the northern side. A bit of Googling turned up a site with a log of the walk starting from the Glanteenassig Forest. Looking at the OS map it seems as if this area is surrounded by steep cliffs, which it is, but obviously there was a possible route. Further investigation turned up the Coillte Outdoors website that has a map and directions to the forest. Starting from the 2nd car park Q599 078 starE, follow the forest road until it disappears into the trees. Here you will have to fight your way through the branches following a vague path left by previous walkers. There is a small stream to cross and you will emerge from the forest faced with a wall of rock. The forest map indicates the hill walking access is to the left of here, but a more obvious route is to the right where there is a small gully that is easily ascended; either up the squishy grassy left hand side or crossing the rocky waterfall onto the north side where there is some easy scrambling. Where it levels out Q588 072 starF head NNW across a small area of bog and straight up the side of Beenoskee. You will know when you are nearing the top, the cairn is unmistakable. The summit definitely lives up to its windy Irish name. It was howling, despite the balmy conditions down at sea level. From here it's a short hop down around and up the edge overlooking Loch an Choimín to the top of Stradbally. Heading down in a SSE direction there is what looks to be a recently erected fence to follow. This ends at the point indicated on the forest map of the 2nd hill walking access, but you'd need a parachute or absail to get down safely from here. Continue down to the flatter area where the small river can be seen that cascades down to Loch Caum Q595 078 starG. The descent here is straight-forward, rather like a mini Devil's Ladder but without all the nasty erosion and loose rocks. At the bottom the loch is surrounded by a railway sleeper pathway and you are only 5 mins from the car park. Linkback:
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Picture: Beenoske viwed from Stradbally Mountain
Clockwise Loop from North
by ahogan  28 Nov 2015
The start point is about a 25 minute drive from Tralee along the coast road towards Castlegregory and passing through Blennerville along the way. About 2km after the turn-off for Castlegregory, there is a forest entrance on the left directly opposite a t-junction at Q6055 1209 starH. You can park here and follow the gentle rising gravel path as it winds through the forest (after approx. 1.2km, keep left at the junction) . After 3km, the road comes to an end at a pair of telecom masts. Cross the gate here and turn south, keeping the wire fence on your left as the gradient gets a bit steeper. When the fence comes to an end, continue in a southerly direction in order to gain the ridge towards the summit. There may be a little bit of scrambling required in the last stretch to the ridge. Follow the gently rising ridge to the summit of Stradbally mountain, where the views down to Lough Acummeen and across to Beenoskee open up nicely. Dropping into the col, it’s a short 1km hop across to the cairn at the summit of Beenoskee. We continued on to Beenatoor and Coombane summits as part of the walk (see track 3158) Linkback:
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Picture: Beenoskee from Stradbally with the Brandon ridge in the background
Varied terrain from Annascaul lake
by glencree  19 Jun 2023
We took the route suggested in the short summary with a gradual climb via the track from Lough Annascaul. Emerging from the U shaped valley the terrain is grassy and involves a gradual ascent to Stradbally, followed by the rocky traverse to Beenoskee. The rock gives way to grass again on the col before ascending Coombane, to return again to the rocky track to the lake. Linkback:
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GWPR on Beenoskee, 2002
by GWPR  21 Nov 2002
Photo taken from Ballyquin shows Stradbally Mt., Benoskee,Coumbaun, Beenatoor up into Gleann na Huaimhe. August 2002. I could walk forever here! Linkback:
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majorkikshaw on Beenoskee, 2004
by majorkikshaw  1 Nov 2004
The reflection of the stillness on Beenoskee is the grace of that mountain poured into your soul. A special place. Linkback:
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