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Twelve Bens Area   SE: Glencoaghan Loop Subarea
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Bencorrbeg Mountain Binn an Choire Bhig A name in Irish (Ir. Binn an Choire Bhig [], 'peak of the little corrie') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 577m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L81650 53297
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Longitude: -9.784938, Latitude: 53.516483 , Easting: 81650, Northing: 253297 Prominence: 42m,  Isolation: 0.6km
ITM: 481626 753316,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bncrbg, 10 char: Bencorrbeg
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

The Carrot Ridge (Meacan Buí) is an obvious nose of rock rising from Gleninagh towards Bencorrbeg. It is graded diff. and is 275m long. Tim Robinson's remark that the English name is a mistranslation is, uncharacteristically, off the mark. In fact it is a climber's name rather than a local name. It was named the Carrot Ridge by Joss Lynam and Liam Ó Réagain who believed they were completing the first ascent in the 1949. (In fact, they later learned that some Cambridge students had already climbed it in 1933.) Joss asked Liam what the Irish for carrot was, and Liam replied meacan buí. This is a perfectly good translation for the Eng. word 'carrot' and is listed in Dinneen's Dictionary.   Binn an Choire Bhig is the 345th highest place in Ireland. Binn an Choire Bhig is the most easterly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Bencorrbeg (<i>Binn an Choire Bhig</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Bencorrbeg from the east across Lough Inagh.
Shapely outlier, serious scrambling.
Short Summary created by simon3, Onzy  21 May 2019
Bencorbeg dominates views from the mouth of the Gleninagh Valley. Although only 577m, the full extent of this height is seen when the mountain is viewed from north or east, as the mountain plunges steeply almost to sea level in both directions.

Bencorbeg will be typically approached as part of a longer circuit, either from the north as the first hill in the circuit or from Binn an tSaighdiura to the west as the last. Possible circuits include; a complete round of the Gleninagh Valey, taking in Knockpasheemore, Benbaun and the ridge from Bencollaghduff to Bencorbeg, a close to 7 hour undertaking; or a half circuit of the valley, descending from or ascending to the Maumina col and taking in Bencollaghduff, Binn an tSaighdiura and Bencorbeg, about 5 hours. Both of these circuits can be done clockwise or anti-clockwise. Note however, that the descent north off Bencorbeg is very steep and challenging. It is possible but is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it likely to be safe in bad conditions. If in doubt pick a clockwise route, and ascend rather than descend Bencorbeg. If you are descending then it may be safer to down the convex slope north of Binn an tSaighdiúra which is a sort of scree slope mostly stabilised by vegetation.

From the north, you can start near L81600 55500 starA. 2019 Note: the owners of the land DO NOT want you to park on this access road though they are happy to allow hillwalking so find somewhere else to park. From there make your way south, over boggy ground initially and as you rise, through crags and outcrops and over rock. You will need to use your hands occasionally – take care with loose rock. The ascent should take about an hour and a half.

There is also southern access from a public carpark at L84545 49918 starB. This direction is scenic though adds substantially to the distance. Linkback:
Descending the north face .. by wicklore   (Show all for Bencorrbeg (Binn an Choire Bhig))
I spent a thoroughly enjoyable August day (2003) .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all for Bencorrbeg (Binn an Choire Bhig))
A view of Binn Choire Bhig from Gleninagh. The C .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Bencorrbeg (Binn an Choire Bhig))
Bencorrbeg was the first stop on our Gleninagh ho .. by csd   (Show all for Bencorrbeg (Binn an Choire Bhig))
We did the Gleninagh Circuit on a fine October da .. by aidand   (Show all for Bencorrbeg (Binn an Choire Bhig))
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