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Twelve Bens Area , Cen: Polladirk Subarea
Feature count in area: 34, all in Galway, OSI/LPS Maps: 37, 44, EW-CON, MSW
Highest Place: Benbaun 729m

Starting Places (48) in area Twelve Bens:
Angler's Return, Barr na nÓran Road, Ben Lettery Hostel, Bogville Road, Bridge St Clifden, Bundorragha Estuary Cross, Bunnageeha, Cannaclossaun, Connemara Mountain Hostel, Connemara National Park Visitor Centre, Dernasliggaun, Doire na bhFlann North, Doughruagh CP, Emlaghdauroe Bridge, Emlaghdauroe South, Fee Lough SW, Foher, Glasbeg Stream, Glashmore Bridge, Glencoaghan River Bridge, Glencraff Road End, Gleninagh River, Illaunroe North, Illaunroe South, Inaghbeg Path, Kylemore Abbey Exit, Kylemore River, Letterfrack Lodge, Lettergesh Beach, Lough Anivan Bend, Lough Auna S, Lough Fee East, Lough Nacarrigeen S, Lough Tanny, Muck Lough NW, Nambrackkeagh Lough, Owen na Baunoge River, Owengar Bridge, Owenglin River, Owenwee River, Pollacappul Lough E, Pollacappul Lough W, Shanvally, Skeaghatimull, Ten Bens Cottage, Tooreennacoona River, Western Way Cnoc na hUilleann, Western Way Inagh Cottages

Summits & other features in area Twelve Bens:
Cen: Lough Auna Hills: Cregg 297m, Townaloughra East Top 216m
Cen: Polladirk: Bencullagh 632m, Maumonght SW Top 454m, Diamond Hill 442m, Knockbrack 442m, Maumonght 602m
E: Glencorbet: Benbaun 729m, Benbrack 582m, Benbaun 477m, Knockpasheemore 412m, Benfree 638m, Muckanaght 654m
N: Doughruagh: Altnagaighera 549m, Benchoona 581m, Benchoona East Top 585m, Currywongaun 273m, Doughruagh 526m, Doughruagh South Top 525m, Garraun 598m, Garraun South Top 556m, Letterettrin 333m
SE: Glencoaghan Loop: Bencollaghduff 696m, Benglenisky 516m, Benlettery 577m, Bencorr 711m, Bencorr North Top 690m, Bencorrbeg 577m, Binn an tSaighdiúra 653m, Benbreen 691m, Benbreen Central Top 680m, Benbreen North Top 674m, Derryclare 677m, Bengower 664m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Maumonght SW Top, 454m Hill Binn Bhreac A name in Irish,
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(Ir. Binn Bhreac [TR], 'speckled peak'), Galway County in Connacht province, in no lists, Binn Bhreac is the 724th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference L74424 53404, OS 1:50k mapsheet 37
Place visited by: 76 members, recently by: eeimly, csd, Kirsty, Carolyn105, konrad, Krzysztof_K, annem, chelman7, ShayGlynn, Maire-Ni, GSheehy, abcd, Ulsterpooka, Aciddrinker, fieldoptic
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -9.893853, Latitude: 53.515777, Easting: 74424, Northing: 253404, Prominence: 29m,  Isolation: 0.7km
ITM: 474401 753424
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: MmngSW, 10 char: MmnghtSWTp

Gallery for Maumonght SW Top (Binn Bhreac) and surrounds
Summary for Maumonght SW Top (Binn Bhreac): Simple ascent from SW
Summary created by Colin Murphy 2014-06-24 11:41:30
   picture about Maumonght SW Top (<em>Binn Bhreac</em>)
Picture: Grassy bump marks summit
Usually done in conjunction with other tops such as Maumonght itself. Driving towards Clifden along the N59, go 2km past the Benlettery Hostel and take the minor road on the right. Continue along this for approx 3km, passing forestry on right where you will find parking space. Head NE across gentle slope for 2km, ascent becoming a little steeper only near the summit, which is unmarked and only identified by a slightly raised grassy bump.
Member Comments for Maumonght SW Top (Binn Bhreac)

From Cregg Hill
by markwallace 6 Jul 2014
Halfway up Cregg Hill, around A (L718 528) (coordinates as they appear in Harvey's Connemara - not GPS), at the edge of a strip of forestry plantation and near a layby with space for 2 cars, there’s a marking-post depicting a walker with an arrow pointing into the bogland to the south and east, and a stile over a fence – this is the Sli Chonamara, a tourism initiative that was never properly developed, but has a legacy of signs and posts.

This sends you down along the forest edge, initially southsoutheast. A path is vaguely discernible (marked as an intermittent path in Harvey), and the ground is solid enough, but somewhat overgrown. At the edge of the forest, the marking-posts send you off slightly to the right, while Maumoght and Bencullagh are ahead and to the left. Still, it’s better to follow the vaguely defined path a while longer than to go across the tough, hummocky, potentially saturated ground. After the path crosses a narrow stream with a fence with stile just beyond it, it’s time to turn left onto open hillside (immediately crossing another fence), and begin the long, mostly fairly gentle climb to Maumoght SW. Harvey’s indicates marshy ground in the area, but this route seems to avoid it (but this was in summer, after a dry spell). From Maumoght SW, Maumoght and Bencullagh are straightforward.

If returning by this route, keep the TV mast on Cregg Hill to your right and try and head for the unnamed hillock at around B (L733 523). From here, try and spot the point where the aforementioned fences intersect to get back on the Sli Chonamara. A more direct exit to Cregg seems a natural line of descent but will involve tough or marshy ground.

Overall, Cregg isn’t the most convenient way to get into the Bens, but is doable. The Sli Chonamara from Cregg meets up with the road at Barnanoraun, so it’s possible to descend into the Owenglin valley and pick up the path to Cregg. Linkback:
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Picture: Bin Bhreac from Roundstone Bog.
simon3 on Maumonght SW Top
by simon3 1 Jan 2008
Binn Bhreac is probably the sort of peak that you will not specifically search out. It's boggy uncairned top is hardly a match for some of the interesting places nearby such as Bencullagh or even Maumonght.

You might even think that it's borderline as having enough height drop to qualify as a separate top. However according to OSI Trail Master the connecting ridge between it and Maumonght drops to 421m which would make its prominence (33m) just enough to qualify.

So it's probable that you will be incorporating this top in some larger circuit, however if you specifically want to get to it, it's easy enough to reach from various sides. From the west the road to Cregg hill would be a good place to start or from the forestry entrance at C (L7439 5130). If you are completing a circuit on it, know that it's around 750m from Maumonght and if you are coming that way be aware that route for the first 300 or 400m isn't so obvious in poor visibility - there is a sharp drop over a scree run at one point which could easily be confused for being off route.

Our photo shows the top taken from Roundstone Bog with some fortuitous mist behind it as a backdrop. It's much the same view as you get from Roundstone Harbour. Linkback:
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Picture: View back down to Owenglin valley
Start for Owenglin circuit
by paddyhillsbagger 20 Apr 2010
Actually climbed this top back in March 09 as part of the Owenglin circuit finishing on Benbaun and exiting via the forest tracks which neatly bring you back to the river crossing at point A. Splendid views were had the whole way round and we managed to get back to the hotel at Maam Cross to catch the rugby! Linkback:
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