Benbaun 729m mountain, Twelve Bens Galway Ireland at MountainViews.ie
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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: -9.831761, Latitude: 53.521238 , Easting: 78558, Northing: 253903 Prominence: 684m,  Isolation: 0.9km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 478534 753924,   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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Picture: Looking out on the Polladirk Valley.
 
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by TommyV  1 Nov 2018
This challenging route takes in five peaks including Benbaun, the highest point in county Galway. Turning left off the R34 at L80242 57503 A, there is room for a few cars on the right just over the bridge at L79991 57435 B. Follow the farm track South West for about 1 km and then veer off heading West. The first and smallest peak on this route is also named Benbaun, but this is not to be confused with the higher Benbaun to the South. After this the mental and physical challenge of this walk becomes obvious. There is no nice ridge walk around all the peaks but rather a serious of drops in elevation for a few hundred meters before having to climb the same and more to reach the next peak. In particular the climb up Mukanaught is quite testing and I would advise against tackling this peak in bad weather or poor visibility. A tough route but the views are fantastic and will help keep the mind off all of the drops and climbs. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/20141/
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