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Benbaun Mountain Binn Bhán A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Bhán [OSI], 'white peak') County Highpoint of Galway, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Highest Hundred Lists, Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic Bedrock

Height: 729m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 37 Grid Reference: L78558 53903
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Longitude: -9.831791, Latitude: 53.521228 , Easting: 78558, Northing: 253903 Prominence: 684m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 478532 753923,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnbn, 10 char: Benbaun
Bedrock type: Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic, (Bennabeola Quartzite Formation)

Binn Bhán means 'white peak' and is the highest mountain in Galway. You could say it is the Mont Blanc of Connemara. There is a lot of white rock here, mainly quartz, though this is more a feature of Benbrack. An odd thing about the Twelve Bens of Connemara is that nobody seems to know exactly which are the twelve peaks in question. There are at least 20 peaks with names in binn in this area. However, the notion of twelve peaks goes back at least to the time of Roderic O'Flaherty, who wrote in 1684 of the twelve high mountaines of Bennabeola, though he did not enumerate them (O'Flaherty, 106). In Irish the question doesn't even arise: there is no number, they are just na Beanna Beola, 'the peaks of Beola'. Beola was a giant and chieftain of the Fir Bolg, whose name also features in the village Tuaim Beola (Toombeola).   Binn Bhán is the highest mountain in the Twelve Bens area and the 90th highest in Ireland. Binn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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pdtempan on Binn Bhán, 2003
by pdtempan  21 Oct 2003
Gleninagh and the Maamturks seen from the summit of Benbaun, August 2003 Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/722/
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Picture: Binn Bhàn, mighty Binn Bhàn
The Cairn of Coins
by wicklore  3 Sep 2011
This photo of Binn Bhàn was taken from the slopes of Binn Bhraoin North Top, and it offers a new perspective of the highest point of Galway. When on the summit of Binn Bhàn last year I contemplated whether there was a safe route down to Màm Eidhneach (Maumina col), between Binn Bhàn and Binn Dubh (Bencollaghduff) in the lower right of the photo. I didn’t take the chance, and looking at the mountain from Binn Bhraoin last week I could see that a route would have been tricky to say the least.

There are a few places in the Irish mountains which shelter hidden Mass Rocks, sites of Prayer and Pilgrimage or places special for other reasons where locals and walkers alike visit and leave a simple gift. There is a one such place below Binn Bhàn near Màm Eidhneach. It is overlooked and protected by the craggy southern face of Binn Bhàn. It is a tall triangular cairn of rock, with a shelf space open half way up one of its sides. In this space many people have placed coins, some dating from the 1960’s. It was a pleasure to see these old and new coins mixed together with no apparent ill-minded interference. It is a fine place to pause and take a rest while admiring the views, Binn Bhàn towering on one side and Binn Dubh towering on the other. An offering to the mountains aside, I still wouldn’t tackle Binn Bhàn from Màm Eidhneach though! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6507/
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csd on Binn Bhán, 2003
by csd  29 Dec 2003
Binn Bhán (right) and Binn Fraoigh (left), taken from the summit of Meacanach. We approached Benbaun from Benfree, along the obvious route. Picture taken on 28.12.2003. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/781/
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Picture: Here comes the bride!
seatruin on Binn Bhán, 2005
by seatruin  16 Oct 2005
Had a cracking climb here at the beginning of August. Started at the road at the bottom of Knockpasheemore which is a bit boggy underfoot. The day turned out to be really beautiful and i was so inspired by the spectacular views at the top that I proposed to my girlfriend at the summit. Fortunately for me she said yes. Would highly recommend the walk to anyone, just beware of the strange things it might make you do! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/2001/
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Descent from Benbaun to Maumina col
by mcrtchly  28 May 2012
A possible safer descent route from Benbaun to Maumina col is to traverse down the steep grassy SW side of the mountain. This involves first walking on a bearing of 145 degrees from the summit of Benbaun down the SSE ridge for 220m to L78695 53714 A. Then turn right on a bearing of about 210 degrees slowly descend the grassy hillside by zig-zagging downwards. At about the 550m contour level turn left (L78560 53589 B) and contour around the hillside until a shallow grassy gully is encountered beneath the foot of scree slopes. Follow this gully down towards the Maumina col making a deviation to right at about L78820 53316 C to avoid steep rocks. The route is probably not to be recommended in wet weather or snow due to the steep descent. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6826/
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Sweeney on Binn Bhán, 2003
by Sweeney  3 Jan 2003
Descending from Ben Breen to Maumina with Ben Baun to the right. Photo taken on a very good summer's day in 2000. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/258/
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