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Twelve Bens Area   SE: Glencoaghan Loop Subarea
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Benglenisky Mountain Binn Ghleann Uisce A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Ghleann Uisce [OSI], 'peak of the glen of water') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Arderin List, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top Bedrock

Height: 516m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L76616 50065
Place visited by 204 members. Recently by: mrmikelennon, farmerjoe1, Tuigamala, Kaszmirek78, SFlaherty, Kirsty, Carolyn105, maitiuocoimin, farmerjoe, NualaB, nupat, TommyMc, shnackbox, elizauna, chelman7
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Longitude: -9.85956, Latitude: 53.486329 , Easting: 76616, Northing: 250065 Prominence: 48m,  Isolation: 1.1km
ITM: 476590 750088,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnglns, 10 char: Bnglnsky
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Gleann Uisce, 'the glen of water', is on the SE side of this peak. On the NW side, in the townland of Barr na nÓrán, this hill is known as Binn Dubh or Cnoc Dubh. The distinctive green Connemara marble is worked in a quarry in Barr na nÓrán. The quarry was started by Thomas Martin in the 1820s [TR]. Walks: for a route to the summit, see Paddy Dillon, Connemara, 146-50.   Benglenisky is the 520th highest place in Ireland. Benglenisky is the second most southerly summit in the Twelve Bens area.

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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Benglenisky (<i>Binn Ghleann Uisce</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: View from the west. Flanked by Bengower, l, and Benlettery, r
Southern Bens easiest way up.
Short Summary created by simon3, Colin Murphy  15 Feb 2020
Driving towards Clifden along the N59, go 2km past the Benlettery Hostel and take the minor road on the right. I.5km along this, at point L750 499 starA, there is a large space for parking on the right, which once marked the entrance to a wood, subsequently rewilded and restored to bogland.. Walk about 150m further along the road past the remnants of the forest and turn right into the open ground. The going here is boggy underfoot but passable. Continue directly east and after about 500m the ground starts to rise steeply, but becomes much firmer underfoot. As you continue up the terrain is almost exclusively rock, especially close to the summit. When you crest the summit area you will immediately see about three cairns close to each other, none of which constitutes the true summit. Continue past these for about 100m and you will see a sharply defined peak of rocks topped by a cairn. From car to summit is a distance of just 1.7 km and took approximately 1.25 hours. Linkback: Picture about mountain Benglenisky (<i>Binn Ghleann Uisce</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
conorobyrne on Benglenisky, 2005
by conorobyrne  7 Feb 2005
A fine mountain standing proud at the south west end of the Twelve Bens. A previous comment suggested that it was hardly worth a visit - maybe not if you have done the whole Twelve Bens horseshoe, but if you are going up Benlettery and don't want to return by the same route I would definitely reccommend it. It is easily accessed from the saddle between Benlettery and Binn Gabhar (Ben Gower). After decending from the saddle the terrain is peaty and soggy in places. But this quickly gives way to firm rock and stones. Views from the top are excellent, especially south towards Rounstone and west towards Clifden. The decent on the south side of Ben Glenisky (Binn Gleann Uisce) is fairly steep but the terrain is fine (heather and rock mostly), but becoming boggy as the gradient levels out. The Clifden road is easily reached from here.
The picture shows Benglenisky viewed from the saddle between Binn Gabhar and Benlettery. Linkback:
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Picture: Benglenisky from the minor road to the west
A Twelve Bens taster
by madfrankie  12 Jul 2010
Benglenisky is a good choice of Twelve Ben if you only have the time or inclination to do one, and is easily approached from a minor road to the west.
At L75024990 starB there is ample parking space on both sides of the road. We continued north along the road for a few minutes till we'd gone beyond the residue of farmed forestry. Stepping off the road, there's a level, but surprisingly wet section before the ground steepens. Plenty of rocky bands on the way up, but these are all easily bypassed.
As the slopes level out, there's a confusing plethora of cairns that could, in mist, be mistaken for the summit which lies a few hundred meters further east. The views from the summit are wonderful - the gnarled rocky wilderness of mountain to the east and the lough-speckled moorland stretching westwards to the ocean. Linkback:
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Picture: Binn Gabhar and Binn Bhraoin from near the summit of Benglenisky.
csd on Benglenisky, 2007
by csd  21 Oct 2007
I approached from the west, via the narrow road that runs north from the N59. The forest immediately west of Benglenisky has been felled, so it's easiest to follow the fence that marks the northern boundary of the former plantation. You should reach the summit in about 45 mins, with the option of continuing on to Lettery or Gabhar. Linkback:
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mreeyore on Benglenisky, 2004
by mreeyore  2 Feb 2004
Binn Gleann Uisce is probably one of the most dull of the Twelve Bens standing just a little apart from Binn Leitiri with little additional climb. It's peak is flat and meandering and barely a worth a visit unless you're just planning a short half day walk and want to take in a different route back to the start. For this I'd recommend starting from the Youth Hostel at Binn Leitiri and climbing Binn Leitiri, Binn Gabhar and then returning via Binn Gleann Uisce and the Clifden road. Linkback:
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