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Twelve Bens Area   E: Glencorbet Subarea
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Benbaun Mountain An Bhinn Bhán A name in Irish (Ir. An Bhinn Bhán [logainm.ie], 'white peak') County Highpoint of Galway in Connacht Province, in County Highpoint, Arderin, Vandeleur-Lynam, Irish Best Hundred, 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)

An Bihnn Bhán means 'the 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).   An Bhinn Bhán is the highest mountain in the Twelve Bens area and the 90th highest in Ireland. An Bhinn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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Sweeney on Benbaun, 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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/258/
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A tourist in my own country
by AdrianneB  11 Aug 2011
Great hike on Tuesday 9/8/11, just the right weather for it. I walked in the road to the two farms in the Glencorbet valley, meeting the farmer at the last one, he gave me a tour of the 200 year old cottage at the farm, an amazing thing to see. We then walked part of the valley together. he was heading with his three dogs to round up sheep from the glen. He pointed me to the best route for summiting Benbaun and suggested a few alternate routes taking in the horseshoe and descent options. I ascended along side a stream that runs from the shoulder between Benfree and Benbaun. It's quite boggy in places and gets very steep, was glad I had a walking pole but it was still a feet and hands job. At the summit I met a couple from Mayo and a family from the UK, we descended together down the Knockpasheemore side, the couple continuing on the Gleninagh circuit, with the rest of us descenting from near Lugrevagh. A great day out, fabulous views and nice to meet fellow walkers.

Timn from speaking with the farmer I would guess that the red flags are from the world trail championships http://www.runconnemara.com/live/ that were on a few weeks ago. I agree they should have been removed, often the cleanup is neglected by event teams. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6477/
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Picture: A calm Kylmore river allows us to proceed this time
Kylmore river no match for us this time
by paddyobpc  25 Jan 2017
Walk Date: 29 Jul 2016. Dillon(dillonkdy) and myself attempted this climb on 10 July 2016 on a very wet Sunday. Following what we regarded at this stage as the “Bible” of the county High Point guides, Kieron Gribbon’s book “Ireland's County High Points – A Walking Guide” we parked on a small road off the R344. The showers were coming and going as we set off on the track but after just 20mins we were at a spot that required the crossing of the Kylmore River but we found that due to all the rain it was unsafe to cross. After searching up and down the bank hoping for a safe crossing we turned back for the car in disappointment but it just wasn’t to be on this occasion.
We returned on a much better day towards the end of July following the same route and crossed the river Kylemore without any issues this time. Apart from a small bit of mist and cloud that moved on as quick as it came, the views were great, even at the top. The bare surface on the approach and on top and the vast amount of mountains surrounding you everywhere you look gives the impression that you are in another world. It takes a while on the decent before the green returns again under foot. We were under no time pressure for this one so we took our time admiring all the views spending almost 5 hours before getting back to the car. This route up and back was 9.5Km climbing just over 680m.
See Dillon’s (dillonkdy) full story of his County High Point Challenge at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/index.html We also found Kieron Gribbon's High Point Ireland website (www.highpointireland.com) to be a useful source of information for our 32 County High Points challenge. Definitely worth checking out if you're planning to do any of the High Point challenges. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/18827/
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Breathtaking views in clear weather
by caillin_deas  30 Sep 2020
Visited Benbaun on Sept 26th '20 and what a day for it! Clear, blue skies, slight breeze, excellent visibility. I really, really enjoyed this hike.

Approached this peak from the North. Parked well in from the road - probably room for 6/8 cars close to the starting trail at L79622 57343 A. Followed the trail until the small river then turned slight right to follow the river to the edge of a fence. Plenty or river crossing. Was fine on the day I was there but suspect after a few days of rain the river might be difficult to get across unscathed! Bring gaiters. There is a small wooded area to the right, this is where you head out into open mountain.

From there, you can basically follow the river or make your own way to the cairn at L78886 54620 B. If you follow the river, be aware that the sides get quite steep and the ground is very boggy - I slipped here a lot on the way down! Lots of crossing the small river over and back.

You get to a very rocky/stony section, this is where I turned right again to aim for the summit at L78556 53904 C. Lots of scrambling about, all good fun. Probably wouldn't be as fun in bad weather but as I said, the say was unbelievable. Views from the top were breathtaking. This has been my favourite Irish hike so far!

I followed the same route down. You need to keep your eyes open for foot placement and remember, the ground gets very steep by the river. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/20908/
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nohoval_turrets on Benbaun, 2002
by nohoval_turrets  21 Oct 2002
I did the big horseshoe - Binn Ghleann Uisce, GlenGower, BenBreen, Binn Bhán, Benfree, Muckanaght, Bencullagh. It was late Summer, and the day was crystal clear, so the views were truly amazing.The push up Binn Bhán from the col after Benbreen is a heartbreaker. Like all the Bens, Binn Bhán is rocky at the top, although most of the approach is grassy. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/159/
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Picture: Panoramic view from Bin Bhan
aburden on Benbaun, 2005
by aburden  18 Apr 2005
My first outing in the 12 Bens was a pleasure. Amazing panoramic views on a day that threw up blues skies all day long. Started at L820562 D and headed up the valley until after the obvious sheep enclosure where I had a 40min lung battle to the ridge between Binn Bhan and Knockpasheemore. Head towards summit ( South west ) until a mesh of zig zag skree paths appear. The views from the top are as good as they come ( at home or abroad ). Left via South face ( erred West to avoid crags). Picked up a track on the East Face to bring me to Glen Inagh valley floor via a great example of a morain. I went too low and it got v. wet underfoot - should have stayed higher up on the North side of the valley until met a second sheep enclosure. My camera was on loan on one of the best days for views I have had....I will have to go back Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/1555/
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