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Benlettery Mountain Binn Leitrí A name in Irish
also Bendouglas an extra name in English
(Ir. Binn Leitrí [TR], 'peak of the wet hillsides') Galway County, in Arderin List, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 577m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L77546 49537
Place visited by 257 members. Recently by: clacon, Dean, guestuser, hilde, eflanaga, IainT, Lauranna, Caoilfionn, salford7, Martinpeak, Ulsterpooka, marchiggins, JMarc, Cathal-Kelly, JoannaS
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Longitude: -9.845307, Latitude: 53.481796 , Easting: 77546, Northing: 249537 Prominence: 62m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 477522 749559,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnltry, 10 char: Benlettery
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

The townland of Lettery (Leitrí, 'wet hillsides') is on the S slopes of this mountain. The alternative name Bindowglass or Bendouglas (Binn Dúghlais, 'peak of the black stream') is recorded as early as 1684 by Roderic O'Flaherty. Note that both names refer to the wet state of the mountain. O'Flaherty mentions a pool of water on the summit which turns the hair white of anyone who washes in it. In the days before accurate measurements of altitude, he erroneously believed that Bindowglass was the highest of the Twelve Bens and was two miles high. This misconception was corrected by James Hardiman, who edited O'Flaherty's work in 1846, aware that the Ordnance Survey had found that Ben Corr and Ben Bawn exceed it in height by several hundred feet (O'Flaherty, 107).   Benlettery is the 344th highest place in Ireland. Benlettery is the most southerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Most southerly Ben is a beautiful, rugged summit .. by group   (Show all for Benlettery)
 
Clear view above the cloud .. by Onzy   (Show all for Benlettery)
 
A good start to the twelve .. by shaneanddearbh   (Show all for Benlettery)
 
Benlettery from Bengower. This picture hints at .. by simon3   (Show all for Benlettery)
 
Climbed this on 15.02.2003. Parked at the car par .. by csd   (Show all for Benlettery)
 
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gerrym on Benlettery, 2008
by gerrym  15 Jun 2008
Park on section of disused road next to Benlettery youth hostel (778483 E). Walk up road to youth hostel and take a stile to the left onto the hillside. Pass through a stand of trees and cross a fence. There follows a steep climb of over 500m on generally good ground. There are great views down over Ballynahinch Lake (can pick out the elusive castle) and many other loughs before the sea. There is a well trodden track (eroded) as hit the higher reaches of the mountain, marked by some small cairns. The ground here is increasingly rocky and i have had difficulty on 2 occasions before the summit with steep ground requiring the use of hands - where is the easier path?
The summit is mostly rocky with a few cairns. There are wide reaching views - west over Benglenisky and to the islands of the Atlantic, east to the other side of the famous Glencoaghan horseshoe and the Mamturks, north to the impressively rocky top of Bengower backed by Benbreen and of course south to the loughs and loughs and sea.
A good starting point for one of the best walks in the country around Glencoaghan, or a visit to Bengower and Benglenisky. Can be busy but today no one else which made it all the better. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/315/comment/3180/
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