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Benchoona Mountain Binn Chuanna A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Chuanna [OSI], possibly 'peak of Cuanna') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone Bedrock

Height: 581m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76253 61704
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Longitude: -9.870483, Latitude: 53.591007 , Easting: 76253, Northing: 261704 Prominence: 36m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 476171 761753,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnchn, 10 char: Benchoona
Bedrock type: Greywacke sandstone, siltstone, mudstone, (Lettergesh Formation)

Cuanna is probably a personal name. A townland nearby is named Tooreenacoona (Tuairín Uí Chuanna, 'O'Cooney's green') [TR]. Around noon, I reached the summit: a rough broken tableland of flat rocks, perhaps a quarter of an acre in area, and planed smooth by the old ice. There was a single small cairn, and on its top sat a horned sheep's skull. I picked up the skull, and as I did so water streamed from its ragged nose-holes in sudden liquid tusks, and ran on to my hand and up my sleeve. I put it back on the cairn top, having turned it so that it faced eastward and inland, looking over miles of empty land glinting with lakes, on which thousands of wild geese over-wintered each year. The sun came out, breaking fitfully through the clouds and warming my hands and face. Seawards, I looked across the intricate tasselwork of inlet and peninsula. Close at hand, sheets of mica scattered the sunshine, so that even the dry rocks shone in the light (Robert MacFarlane, The Wild Places, Granta, 2007). Walks: for a route from the NE, see Whilde & Simms, New Irish Walk Guide - West and North, 40-41.   Benchoona is the 335th highest place in Ireland. Benchoona is the second most northerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Picture: looking down over L Fee
 
gerrym on Benchoona, 2008
by gerrym  1 Mar 2008
I parked at northern end of Lough Fee ,at start of track on left ,where river connecting to Lough Muck emerges 780621 A (as described in Irish Walk Guides West alluded to by Simon). Walk along track over gate and head off right to climb the ridge up Benchoona. There is a series of steep climbs over wet and grassy ground. As gain height the steep walled corrie between Benchoona and Garraun becomes evident to left - was quite impressive with cloud hanging over rim. Good views back down over Lough Fee (see pic) with the big hills of Ben Gorm and Sheefry behind. To north Lough Muck, Killary and Mwreela dominate. After 40 minutes ground becomes firmer and rockier. There is an obvious easy line heading east which I followed but ended up having to scramble over some very loose and exposed ground up a gulley, in driving rain. Perhaps should have continued straight up from ridge or followed line further. I reached the summit area after 1 hour and had to take a bearing on L Benchoona in heavy mist. There is a large cairn on rise just beside Lough and several smaller cairns further to west. As the other pics here show the views are excellent but not in the mist and rain. It is natural to take in neighbouring Garraun descending SW from larger cairn. Will need to skirt around some very wet ground past another sizeable lough to col from where a short climb will reach Garraun. Descended by ridge from Garraun along L Fee, dropping off steeply towards house on shore and along road back to car. I did this short day here as i knew the weather would be bad but it required as much effort as a full day around the Glencoaghan Horseshoe. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/1187/
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pdtempan on Benchoona, 2003
by pdtempan  23 Nov 2003
Benchoona seen from Little Killary. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/751/
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Picture: Lough Fiadh
 
Spring Walk
by maurice12  13 Mar 2017
Climbed this on Sat 11th March '17 on a bright sunny day with stunning visibility. We commenced the walk at the western end of Lough Muc, a few hundred meters up from the now renovated Salruck primary school. There is a wooden bridge across the Cuffin river on to soft marshy ground. Our poles were used here to test the ground for firmness. A steep climb took us on to the spur named Lettergesh East on the OS map and we joined the walk described at C on the map. We reached the summit and stopped at Benchoona Lough for lunch. While there we noticed a number of 4 to 5 inch fish in the lake but were unable to identify them. It's a small lake and we certainly did not expect to see fish at this height. The large amount of frog spawn may be sustaining them. From here we carried on to Gorgeous Garraun and enjoyed panoramic views from the Bens to The Devils Mother over Mweelrea and out to Inisbofin. We descended on the Eastern spur from Garraun towards Lough Fiadh (Fee) and dropped to the lake as the spur levels out at 250 meters. We stopped on the way down to examine the gabbro which is exposed at several locations here. It's difficult to fathom that we were touching stones that were rounded by wave or river action and lifted to this height. A gentle stroll past point A on the map and and back to the car for a perfect days walking. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/18858/
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weedavie on Benchoona, 2003
by weedavie  3 Jul 2003
We climbed this along with Garraun from Loch Muck in a dry spell last October so there wasn't the bog experience the summit plateau clearly offers under normal conditions. We descended from the west cairn to the west end of Loch Muck. It was steep, gravelly, wet and with greasy slabs. Not particularly difficult but not one I'd repeat. The slope looked better from the east cairn but you'd have to find a suitable break in the upper crags. Views were excellent. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/577/
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Picture: Looking seaward from near the summit.
Great summit on a good day!
by Colin Murphy  10 Aug 2020
Have been up here before on a beautiful autumn day when the panoramas were quite spectacular. Heavy rain severely limited the views on a recent climb, which was a pity, but there was a brief clearing of the clouds affording a glimpse of the majestic surroundings. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/20845/
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