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Beenoskee Mountain Binn os Gaoith A 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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Picture: Beenoskee from Beenatoor to the west
Ireland's finest views?
Short Summary created by Peter Walker, aidand  24 Jul 2014
There is parking for about 6 cars at Lough Annascaul. Start by following the roadway up the valley until it peters out in the bog above. From here head NE initially across bog and then continuing NE gradually ascend the southern 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 are major cliffs on the northern 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. Linkback: Picture about mountain Binn os Gaoith in area Central Dingle, Ireland
Picture: And the prize for the most phallic cairn goes to...
dbloke on Binn os Gaoith, 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 A, 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 B 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 C. 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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GWPR on Binn os Gaoith, 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 Binn os Gaoith, 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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Days like this
by aidand  24 Sep 2012
After many years of looking at this mountain I finally got to climb it on 21/9/12 along with a group from the Nenagh Walking Club. We had a lovely clear autumn day. The views on all sides are brilliant. We could see as far as the Connemara mountains, the Aran Islands, Loop Head, the Skelligs. the Reeks, Mount Brandon and the Lakes of Killarney. Definitely one of my favourite days on the hills. If you are climbing from Annascaul, don't forget to visit the South Pole Inn and sample Tom Crean's ale. Linkback:
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Fine, rocky summit with impressive cliffs.
by Colin Murphy  25 Nov 2015
Having ascended via Beenatoor and Coombane, it was nice to leave those grassy bumps behind and climb a mountain with lots of boulders and a rock-strewn surface! The summit is marked by two cairns and the views are spectacular. But perhaps the most impressive part of the mountain are the craggy cliffs you'll see on its north east side, plunging down to Loch an Cholmin. A fine mountain by any standard. Linkback:
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