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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)
 
I parked at northern end of Lough Fee ,at start o .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benchoona)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benchoona in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Lough Muck & Lough Fee from eastern side of Benchoona
 
Colin Murphy on Benchoona, 2008
by Colin Murphy  9 Jun 2008
Having parked at the top of the track between Lough Muck and Foyle, (visible in pic) followed gerrym's directions up the grassy slope but then instead of tackling the gulley, headed directly west up through a steep boulder-littered gradient. While the views were wonderful, experienced a couple of vertigo-inducing moments as had to negotiate my way around several impassable boulders before the gradient eased at about 500m. Interesting climb, but would definitely not attempt this route in bad weather. After a round trip to Garraun South Top and Garraun itself, descended via a slightly gentler grassy ridge to the east of Garraun before cutting back north to my starting point, though even this ridge offers some steep, slippery and potentially dangerous pitfalls. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/310/comment/3167/
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