Benbeg 539m mountain, Breifne Cuilcagh Mountains Ireland at
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Breifne Area   Cuilcagh Mountains Subarea
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A 
Highest place:
Cuilcagh, 665m
Maximum height for area: 665 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 570 metres,

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Benbeg Mountain Binn Bheag A name in Irish
(prob. Ir. Binn Bheag [PDT], 'little peak') Cavan County, in Arderin List, Fine-grained sandstone, minor shale Bedrock

Height: 539m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 26&27A Grid Reference: H12087 25426
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Longitude: -7.815669, Latitude: 54.177702 , Easting: 212087, Northing: 325426 Prominence: 34m,  Isolation: 2.1km
ITM: 612033 825431,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Benbeg, 10 char: Benbeg
Bedrock type: Fine-grained sandstone, minor shale, (Briscloonagh Sandstone Formation)

See Máire MacNeill, 'The Festival of Lughnasa' (p. 175) for details of the festive assembly held on Donagh Sunday, the last Sunday in July, at the Black Rocks near Bellavally Gap.   Benbeg is the 448th highest place in Ireland. Benbeg is the second highest point in county Cavan.

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Is it worth the risk? .. by glenlecky   (Show all for Benbeg) Picture about mountain Benbeg in area Breifne, Ireland
Picture: Benbeg from the long sweeping ridge to Cuilcagh
gerrym on Benbeg, 2006
by gerrym  1 May 2006
Approach for the start of this one is through the Bellavally Gap to reach the carpark at the scenic viewpoint of Altachullion (137241 A). Walk uphill and take the first turn R along a minor road and then through a gate onto a forest track. A matter then of heading for the open hill on pretty good ground, among the sheep and newly born lambs. There are good views SW to the Iron mtns, which makes up for the non descript top of Benbeg itself. The payoff is when come to the forest reaching up the hillside and set eyes on the long sweeping ridge to the summit of Cuilcagh. The top of Benbeg is reached in an easy 40 mins - it has been "eaten away" and drops down into an area of extensive forest.
Keep to the edge of the slope and follow it as drops down and then rises along a well worn track, with stunning views ahead to the steep E nose of Cuilcagh. Pass a little lough with deep green waters below, some rocky outcrops and a final steeper pull to the level summit area of Cuilcaigh (1.5 hrs). Cracking views back along the ridge as it curves towards Benbeg, and another lough i missed from the top. There is a short walk to the large summit cairn and trig point, with views across to the Sligo Hills and the sea of brown of a N approach.
I dropped down from the cairn nearly due S, dropping steeply beside an area of cliffs and scree. Traversed along the base of the cliffs for a while and then headed S for the area of forest around the base of Benbeg. This was over mature heather with hidden holes which wasn't too pleasant. Soon reach an area of clearfell and a 35 min walk along the forest track and road to the carpark. Fantastic walk which didn't take that long and met no one else - try it if have only climbed Cuilcagh from the N. Trackback:
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(Climbed March 28th) Started walk from Altachulli .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Benbeg)
Benbeg was our starting point for Cuilcagh and re .. by mcna   (Show all for Benbeg)
Avoid The Peat Hag Hell .. by Aidy   (Show all for Benbeg)
Fine views of west Cavan highlands and Cavan lake .. by Absalon   (Show all for Benbeg)
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