Benbrack 502m mountain, Breifne Iron Mountains Ireland at
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Breifne Area   Iron 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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Benbrack Mountain An Bhinn Bhreac A name in Irish
(Ir. An Bhinn Bhreac [], 'the speckled peak') Cavan County, in Arderin List, Cyclothemic sandstone, siltstone, coal Bedrock

Height: 502m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 26&27A Grid Reference: H10117 21600
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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 564th highest place in Ireland. Benbrack is the third highest point in county Cavan.

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Picture: Derrynananta Lough on Benbrack summit
eflanaga on Benbrack, 2006
by eflanaga  6 May 2006
(See Benbeg for first part of walk – climbed March 28th ) Having reached the R200 as planned I turned left along the road. My route plan indicated that I had a walk of just over 1K before I reached a track to the right which would take me towards Benbrack. However, just after a hundred metres I reached a laneway veering of to the right which I had noticed during my descent of Benbeg. It appeared to be about the same length, and was going in the direction, as I expected the track I had planned to take. Thinking I had made an error in my calculations I took the lane which ran to the right of the steep climb up to the lower north-western end of Benbrack. The lane curved around to the left after about 800m and ended at a fence in front of an area of felled forestry. Here I realised my error but rather than retracing my steps I decided to continue on so as to tackle Benbrack from the southwest. The wet weather relented and it remained dry for the remainder of the walk. The new route involved a tricky transverse of the deforested area and a walk across fairly deep heather/bracken until parallel to a fairly new plantation, crossing a stream and fence on the way. From this point I turned right and made for the end of the cliff face IH 093 218 J which would take me around the back of the mountain. I continued on until near the edge of Doon Forest 091 213 K. From here it is a fairly steady 1.2K to the summit of Benbrack with Derrynananta Lough visible to your left as you near the unremarkable and unmarked summit. There are a lot of signs indicating that the mountain is a breeding ground for endangered species of grouse. Clear views across to Benbeg and Cuilcagh to the north, the lakelands of County Cavan lie open to the west, while the communications masts below Bencroy and the western cliffs of Knockabell & Slieve Aneirin visible beyond to the east. From the summit I took a bearing of 43 degrees NE over Mullaghroe and until level with the cliffs at Altnadarragh. From here I could see the carpark in the distance further to the northeast so decided to take a straight-as-the-crow-flies shortcut. Within a few hundred metres of the road I encountered a fairly deep ravine so had to edge my way east along a fence for about 300m eventually joining a track onto the road about 50m below the track up to the carpark. Trackback:
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