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Breifne Area   W: Benbrack Subarea
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A 
Highest place:
Cuilcagh, 666m
Maximum height for area: 666 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 570 metres,

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Benbrack Mountain An Bhinn Bhreac A name in Irish (Ir. An Bhinn Bhreac [], 'the speckled peak') Cavan County in Ulster Province, in Arderin List, Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal Bedrock

Height: 502m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 26&27A Grid Reference: H10117 21600
Place visited by 65 members. Recently by: abeach, Grumbler, mountainmike, eoghancarton, ilenia, TommyMc, arderincorbett, wicklore, FrankMc1964, NualaMc, simon3, osullivanm, melohara, PeakPaul, Lauranna
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Longitude: -7.845966, Latitude: 54.143373 , Easting: 210117, Northing: 321600 Prominence: 147m,  Isolation: 2.2km
ITM: 610064 821606,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnb502, 10 char: Benbrac502
Bedrock type: Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal, (Lackagh Sandstone Formation)

A large group of rocks on the east side of Bellavally Gap are known as the Black Rocks or Maguire's Chair. This was the site of an assembly on 'Donagh Sunday', the last Sunday in July (MacNeill, 175-77). According to Dalton, the name has led to an erroneous belief that this was the inauguration site of the Maguires, and this is confirmed by MacNeill.   Benbrack is the 566th highest place in Ireland. Benbrack is the third highest point in county Cavan.

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Picture: Benbrack seen from Bencroy to the SW
gerrym on Benbrack, 2006
by gerrym  3 Jun 2006
I reached Benbrack following the directions posted by Absalon (surely highlighting what this site is all about - giving walkers the heads up about an area they have possibly never visited before and allowing a better degree of planning). I followed the lane steeply uphill on broken tarmac and then over varied (usually wet) terrain towards the top of altnadarragh (496 m), annoyingly followed for a good part by a posse of bleating sheep and lambs.
Drop down SW and then climb to the summit of Benbrack over some pretty poor ground. There is a small cairn perched atop a large boulder above the steep E flank. The good weather i enjoyed earlier in the day on Benbeg and Cuilcaigh had gave way to a biting wind and lowering cloud base as i managed to find a semi dry spot to camp for the night. Next morning i headed W over the featureless summmit area and dropped down to the edge of extensive forest at 090213 A. There is a waymarked trail crossing the open moorland here which can be followed towrads Bencroy. Views here of the cliffs on the W flank. On the return from exploring Bencroy et al I went around the S side of Benbrack dropping down to through the forest to the road (again as described by Absalon) - this would also make an excellent entry point onto the hill. Met an old farmer in an even older tractor who started a conversation about fishing, mistaking my walking poles for a fishing rod. Great craic! Linkback:
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pmaguire on Benbrack, 2007
by pmaguire  5 Apr 2007
Greetings from the USA,

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Please note I am not certain about the access to the lands we were on.

I had the pleasure to be in the Benbrack area last summer for a family get together. After some convincing that it would only take 2 hours, I persuaded my brothers to join my wife, some cousins and myself on a small traipse across Benbrack (My cousins call it Black Ben). The 2 hour hike turned into a 5 hour experience that after completion we all felt was worth it. I apologize now if my naming of the roads or terms is not correct. In case they are I have generated a Virtual Earth mashup that details the trip with the GPS and pictures taken on the journey. They can be seen at, please let me know what you think of the mashup.

We parked one car on my cousin's farm land, took a GPS location and then drove the other car to the "Bellavalley" gap, we found a forestry turnoff on the left side of R200 about 3 miles north west of the junction of N87 and R200. We drove up to where they had just cut some trees for the forestry and began our hike from there. On second thought it would have been easier to take the cutoff about 1/2 mile back the road - we would have been able to walk around the just cut section and would have been easier. Once we got out of the forestry cut we were for the remainder of the journey in heather. We kept following the GPS location to our first car. We traversed many "summits" always thinking that over the next one would be able to see the location of our car. We passed Derrynanta lough and also Doon lough, or so my cousin told me those names. At one point we came to a cliff of ~200 feet that we could not go down. The view from the top of that towards Ballinamore was incredible and well worth the trip. After ~5 hours we returned to the car and then on into town. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed myself although we were a bit rushed and did not bring the proper supplies (we brought very little to snack on). The next time I am over there perhaps I will take a full day and some sandwiches and redo this hike. It was truly one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever taken.

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glanman on Benbrack, 2004
by glanman  10 Jan 2004
A chara,
can you tell me why Cuilcagh Benbeg Benbrack and Bencroy are referred to as Sligo mountains while they are seperated from that range and are known locally as forming the Cuilcagh range.
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Picture: Derrynanta Lake from Benbeg
Route via NE Top and Derrynananta lake
by concorde  28 Mar 2014
On the return trip from Cuilcagh to the Bellavally gap (Point A) Benbrack NE top and Derrynananta Lake and Benbrack were very enticing. It was a short ascent to the NE top (Point B) a picturesque peak with an eastern cliff and rock strewn corrie. A pair of glossy ravens were breeding close by as they wheeled and rolled acrobatically around the summit.
From here there was a good descent on dryish ground to a wire fence, This gave way to a wet basin crossed with many peat hags The going was heavy to Derrynanata Lake H102224 B only lightened by encounters with a Snipe and a fine Red grouse. The lake was lifeless and the going did not improve appreciably on the final trudge to the non descript peak of BenBrack (Point C)marked by a small huddle of stones. I retraced my route back to the NE top guarded by the two wheeling Ravens and descended back down to Bellavally gap. Linkback:
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Picture: The Obstacle Course
On Rough Ground
by CaptainVertigo  27 Dec 2014
Onzy sets out the standard route to Benbrack in his Track 2177, and it couldn't really be more straightforward. I think it is worth pointing out that the shallow "col" between it and its North East Top is populated by various outcrops making the traverse a bit arduous. The impression from a distance is of a large flat area. The traverse often involves climbing in and out of little gullies that run between islands of peat, moss and other materials. I don't think it will make a whole lot of difference what precise route you follow: at some point you must cross the "badlands". If time were not an issue, I suspect that it might prove rewarding to stay close to the steep ground to the east. Instead of the dreary vista-less badlands, one would walk the high ground, and look over the lands below. The contours suggest that this mountain is similar to Cuilcagh, Anierin and many of the others in the area, in which cases one can experience long "cliff" walks. "Similar" only in so far as there are stretches of "cliff" but these vantage points are limited compared to the more pronounced sisters nearby. Linkback:
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