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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 Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 577m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 44 Grid Reference: L77546 49537
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Longitude: -9.845263, Latitude: 53.481824 , Easting: 77546, Northing: 249537 Prominence: 62m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 477525 749562,   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 345th highest place in Ireland. Benlettery is the most southerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benlettery in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Benlettery from the north
 
Most southerly Ben is a beautiful, rugged summit
Short Summary created by simon3, aidand, Colin Murphy  17 Feb 2020
Taking the N59 to Clifden, there are two places to start from. Near L75873 48578 A there is a car parking and a stile to start you off. It is then possible to go up a prominent ridge extending NE towards Benlettery. We recommend this route, particularly after heavy rain and particularly when descending.
It is also possible to start near on the road outside the Benlettery Hostel, at Grid L777 483 B. Walk up to the hostel and take the stile on your left. Proceed in a NNW direction for about 1km, the grassy terrain mostly firm underfoot, but uneven at times, the incline becoming steeper as you ascend.
When you reach point L773 493 C continue north for a few hundred metres and then turn NE at 773 497 D, which will take you to the col to the north of the summit, and which has a narrow rocky track leading all the way to the top.
Ascent will take 1.5 - 2 hours depending on the route you choose.
The top has magnificent views over the lakes of southern Connemara and also of the nearer members of the Twelve Bens. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/315/comment/5075/
 
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)
 
Park on section of disused road next to Benletter .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benlettery)
 
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