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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
Place visited by 534 members. Recently by: obrien116, joanmaryquinn, pcost, caillin_deas, Brendanbarrett, John.geary, derekpkearney, KieranF, dregish, DNicholson, Nicko, Mags-Collins, nolo, Mmmmmountain, nevgeoran
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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 89th highest in Ireland. An Bhinn Bhán is the highest point in county Galway.

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New Comment: 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 B. 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 C. 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 D. 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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White it is ... .. by yambox   (Show all for An Bhinn Bhán)
 
Benbaun August 2013: On The Second Attempt .. by jimhol53   (Show all for An Bhinn Bhán)
 
This visualisation shows the main twelve bens fro .. by simon3   (Show all for An Bhinn Bhán)
 
Looking at the mountainviews with a fellow Mounta .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Bhinn Bhán)
 
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