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Maamturks Area , N: Leenaun Subarea
Feature count in area: 27, all in Galway, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, 38, 44, 45, EW-CON
Highest Place: Binn idir an dá Log 702m

Starting Places (42) in area Maamturks:
An Móinín Mór, Bealanabrack River Tributary, Bundorragha Estuary Cross, Cannaclossaun, Carraig Bar, Connemara Mountain Hostel, Delphi Resort, Dernasliggaun, Drehidanookera Bridge, Failmore River, Fee Lough SW, Glashmore Bridge, Glencraff Road End, Gleninagh River, Gowlaunlee Lake, Illaunroe South, Killary Boat Tour Pier W, Knocknafaughy SW, Kylemore River, Leenane, Leenane Hotel, unuseableLeenane R336, Lehanagh Lough N, Lehanagh Lough SE, Lough Fee East, Lough Nacarrigeen S, Lough Shindilla S, Maum Bridge Road Lower, Maum Bridge Road Mid, Maum Bridge Road Upper, Maumwee Lough, Nambrackkeagh Lough, Oorid Lough, Owenwee River, Pas Mám Éan CP, Rinavore East, Rinavore SW, Shanvally, Tawnabeg Lough North, Tooreennacoona River, Western Way Cnoc na hUilleann, Western Way Inagh Cottages

Summits & other features in area Maamturks:
N: Leenaun: Maumturkmore 488m, Búcán 550m, Leenaun Hill 618m, Leenaun Hill Far North-West Top 556m, Lettershanbally 324m, Meall Cheo 578m, Taobh Dubh 422m
N: Maumturks N Cen: Barrlugrevagh 558m, Letterbreckaun 667m, Letterbreckaun NE Top 603m, Knocknahillion 607m, Knocknahillion North Top 541m, Cúlóg 435m
S: Maumturks S Cen: Binn Chaonaigh 633.5m, Binn idir an dá Log 702m, Binn idir an dá Log SE Top 659.3m, Binn Mhairg 612.4m, Knocknagur 310m
S: Maumturks South: Binn Mhór 660.6m, Binn Mhór NE Top 641.2m, Binn Mhor West Top 595.8m, Binn Mhor East Top 631.3m, Lissoughter 401m, Corcogemore 610.1m, Mullach Glas NE Top 432m, Lackavrea 396m, Mullach Glas 621.3m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Búcán, 550m Mountain
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(Ir. Búcán [TR], 'spur'), Galway County in Connacht province, in Arderin Lists, Búcán is the 420th highest place in Ireland. Búcán is the most northerly summit and also the second most westerly in the Maamturks area.
Grid Reference L85232 60721, OS 1:50k mapsheet 37
Place visited by: 150 members, recently by: Carolineswalsh, JoHeaney, maitiuocoimin, farmerjoe, Blackstar, jimmel567, TommyMc, eoghancarton, elizauna, pcoleman, annem, Jimmy600leavey, nickywood, abcd, wicklore
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -9.73369, Latitude: 53.583966, Easting: 85232, Northing: 260721, Prominence: 45m,  Isolation: 1km
ITM: 485207 760741
Bedrock type: Red mudrock, pale sandstone, minor tuffs, (Salrock Formation)
Notes on name: The element búc seems to be related to the dialect word buc, meaning 'point, summit' found in Southern France in mountain names, e.g. Buc Pointu. Walks: for a walk taking in Búcán and Binn Bhán (Maumturkmore), see Paddy Dillon, Connemara, 92-97.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Búcán, 10 char: Búcán

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Summary for Búcán : As good as it gets
Summary created by Colin Murphy 2013-05-26 14:04:47
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Picture: Summit stones
Taking the N59 from Leenaun you will see a small road to the east at A (L827 613). Drive along this for about 600m, crossing the Western Way, and entering a forest. 100m further there is a large entrance to the forest with enough space for several cars. Walk back the way you came and turn right along the western way for about 100m, or until the tree line ends. Cross a stile and turn SE, where you will see the open mountainside rising directly ahead. Continue SEE for 2 km, the terrain a mixture of short grass and rock, but fairly solid underfoot, and becoming considerably steeper for the last 500m. You will see a fence at some point which runs all the way to the summit, which is a grassy area, the high point marked by an upright stone. The views are wonderful in all directions. You can return by a slightly different route if you wish, heading in a more westerly direction towards where the tree line ends around B (L840 603), near a farmhouse. This descent is steeper and mostly grassy, but quite doable. Round trip 2 hours.
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simon3 on Búcán
by simon3 7 Jun 2004
Búcán is a little treat on the north end of the Maumturks. It can be climbed on its own for its views or perhaps as part of longer ridge walk including Leenane Hill and Meall Cheo (a local name for the last peak of the Maamturks walk).

You can reach it from the Western Way. You can park just inside the forest that fills the valley of the Bunowen river. (The forest at the bottom left of the picture.) The way up is easy which leads to the treat, a great view of the west of the Connemara and South Mayo Highlands. The photo although taken on an overcast day shows some of the extent of the view.

The view is however marred by three recent developments all visible in this small picture and very obvious from Búcán. Two are bungalows (sort of .. one has an extensive set of roof windows) to the bottom left of the picture beside the small road leading into the forest, the other is the back of commercial adventure centre, just to the right of centre (Under "Killary"). It is painted yellow and stands out like a sore thumb from this side. Arguments go back and forth about planning everywhere, but if you go to Búcán I think you will agree that the quality of the landscape is significantly changed by these buildings. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/358/comment/983/
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Picture: start of ridge walk from Bucan to Leenaun Hill ( in centre of picture)
Leenaun Circuit
by Geansai 4 Oct 2011
Parking in Leenaun I headed west on the N59 and turned onto the western way a little way out of the village. It gradually rises to 100 meters above Killary Harbour on the right. After crossing two stiles and a stream, I left the way and headed up the mountain. The ascent from the western way departure point took an hour and got harder near the top. But it was worth it. Excellent views from Bucan of the bens, turks and killary. No cairn. The ridge walk from here to Leenaun Hill was quite boggy with a good few peat hags and took another hour. At the cairn on Leenaun Hill there was an excellent view to Joyce country where I could make out Lough Nafooey. I turned left from here following the fence almost all the way down to a stream which I splashed across onto a boreen which leads down to the Galway road a few hundred yards east of Leenaun. This took another hour. A steep ascent to Bucan and a steep descent in places from Leenaun Hill. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/358/comment/6564/
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Picture: Bucan from the SW.
A fine summit with some steep slopes.
by David-Guenot 11 Jun 2016
Easily accessible from the SE or NW, Bucan gives the impression of a round, grassy summit, but it has steep slopes to the NE and SW (see pic). Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/358/comment/18580/
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Picture: Nice spot for a bit of lunch.
More bang for your buck(án)!
by Colin Murphy 25 Aug 2020
A majestic day's walking in the Maamturks, we accessed Bucan from the Western Way at C (L836 612) and began ascending in a SE direction over grassy, fairly gentle slopes that eventually become very steep. This approach which is from sea level requires an almost 600m ascent, so was quite tough, but the scenery on the ascent is simply incredible. Stopped for tea and sambos at the top, with a view that was quite incomparable and made the effort well worthwhile. Save this one for a bright, clear day. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/358/comment/20848/
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pdtempan on Búcán
by pdtempan 14 Aug 2006
The painting 'Dawn, Killary Harbour' by landscape artist Paul Henry was probably painted from somewhere on the slopes of Búcán, as the viewer's eye is led straight along the length of the inlet towards the mouth of Killary Harbour at Rosroe. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/358/comment/2455/
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