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Maamturks Area   N: Leenaun Subarea
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Maumturkmore Hill Binn Bhán A name in Irish (Ir. Binn Bhán [TR], 'white peak') Galway County in Connacht Province, in Carn, Irish Best Hundred Lists, Marbles, metavolcanics, schists, grits Bedrock

Height: 488m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L85524 56842
Place visited by 111 members. Recently by: Beti13, Sweeney, elizauna, Grumbler, Haulie, annem, ilenia, thrifleganger, eeimly, justynagru, Tran, Maire-Ni, jackill, Aciddrinker, Wilderness
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Longitude: -9.727862, Latitude: 53.549203 , Easting: 85524, Northing: 256842 Prominence: 133m,  Isolation: 1.6km
ITM: 485499 756864,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Mmtrkm, 10 char: Mmtrkmr
Bedrock type: Marbles, metavolcanics, schists, grits, (Lakes Marble Formation)

There is a well in memorie of St. Fechin at Mam-tuirk (O'Flaherty, 121). This is the holy well marked at the col south of this peak. The col is Mám Toirc, 'pass of the boar', from which the whole range of mountains is named.   Binn Bhán is the 604th highest place in Ireland.

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Climbed Binn Bhan as a continuation Binn Bhriocan .. by three5four0   (Show all for Maumturkmore (Binn Bhán))
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Maumturkmore (<i>Binn Bhán</i>) in area Maamturks, Ireland
Picture: Photo shows Maam Turk pass in centre, Maamturkmore to its left. Letterbreckaun is the bigger hill to
 
A very rugged hill, distant from everything.
by markwallace  17 Jan 2022
Maamturkmore, called Binn Bhán on the Harvey map, is a minor but very rugged and not easy to get to peak that I wanted to add to my climbs in the Maamturks. I had also failed to reach the nearby Maam Turk pass L858 564 starA on a previous visit so wanted to make the climb via that route. I parked at the point where the Western Way meets the Bun na Croc road around L859 534 starB and followed the Western Way north for about 4km past the base of Letterbreckaun. The Way isn't in great shape, very wet and muddy. Harvey indicates a track heading for Maam Turk from around L843 557 starC but I didn't see it so walked on to where the Way meets the Sruffaunduff river around L836 564 starD and then headed straight for the pass. Though at that point it's just obscured behind a ridge that seems to be called Gowlaunard, it soon comes into view. A path was intermittently traceable as I approached the pass over wet, grassy but moderate slopes.

Just east of the fence that runs over the Maam Turk pass is a small holy well. The pass is at 354m and the ascent from there to the summit is only 134m, though fairly steep. The ground is increasingly rocky with many outcroppings, but it's still possible to make a way up on grass. On this December day, the wind at the peak was wild, making walking difficult - at least there are lots of rocky outcrops to hide behind. A heavy shower began as I edged along the bumpy top to the rather meagre cairn at the summit. Rather than returning to the pass, I descended in a broadly South-Westerly direction, picking my way carefully; there were some mini-cliffs to be negotiated, potentially tricky but doable. The late afternoon sun came out as I neared the Western Way again, shining weakly over the Twelve Bens across the valley for some lovely views, and bathing the upper slopes of Letterbreckaun. I retraced my steps along the Way to my car.

At 488m, Maamturkmore/ Binn Bhan is a hill rather than a mountain, missing out on Arderin status by 12m. Its upper slopes provide a bit of a scramble, though, and it definitely has ruggedness and isolation in abundance. If my day out was any indication, it's also subject to harsh weather conditions, leaving the ground slippery and making climbing difficult.

The photo is taken from towards the northern end of the R344.

Edit: I found that track marked on Harvey and other maps on later visits. It begins at about L842 558 starE, right after the enclosure with unfinished stone buildings that is passed 3 km from the start. It is indistinct at that point but becomes more obvious later on. It tends to be very wet. It is probably a slight improvement on the open hillside in dry weather, but can attract lots of standing water after rain Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/491/comment/15290/
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