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

Height: 581m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76253 61704
Place visited by 136 members. Recently by: ColinCallanan, wicklore, Ulsterpooka, Aongus, IainT, Lauranna, wwwalker, roscorrocket, trevorf, Aciddrinker, eoghancarton, HazelDoyle, conormcbandon, On-the-hills, David-Guenot
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Longitude: -9.86958, Latitude: 53.590752 , Easting: 76253, Northing: 261704 Prominence: 36m,  Isolation: 0.5km
ITM: 476230 761723,   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 334th highest place in Ireland. Benchoona is the second most northerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Summit Plateau of broken Rock .. by group   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
I visited Benchoona on a route from Doughruagh an .. by simon3   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
The (eastern) cairn and view north from Benchoona .. by csd   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
Benchoona’s western-most summit, shown here, is s .. by simon3   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benchoona in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
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. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/1187/
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Having parked at the top of the track between Lou .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
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