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
Place visited by 60 members. Recently by: TommyMc, arderincorbett, wicklore, FrankMc1964, NualaMc, simon3, osullivanm, melohara, PeakPaul, Lauranna, Cobhclimber, Wilderness, mgtrose, Ulsterpooka, eamonoc
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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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I reached Benbrack following the directions poste .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benbrack)
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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A chara, can you tell me why Cuilc .. by glanman   (Show all for Benbrack)
Route via NE Top and Derrynananta lake .. by concorde   (Show all for Benbrack)
On Rough Ground .. by CaptainVertigo   (Show all for Benbrack)
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