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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 [], '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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Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Benbaun (<i>An Bhinn Bhán</i>) in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
Picture: Benbaun from Bencollaghduff
12 Bens quartzite highpoint amidst magnificent peaks and valleys
Short Summary created by markmjcampion, simon3, Colin Murphy  11 Sep 2023
Benbaun is the highpoint of the 12 Bens, located 4k SW of the Leenane road. It's a characterful hill esp when viewed from the S but the mixture of steep, grassy and rocky ground means good boots are essential. Take care on the ridges as the steep ground may not be obvious. The views from the top are potentially stunning and widespread, taking in the rest of the Bens, the Maamturks and the south Mayo hills.

N. If parking near L81714 56584 starA head 1km SW up a grassy, pathless, steep, wet slope to Knockpasheemore. Continue SW for 3km, the terrain becoming v rocky and steep as you near Benbaun.. A 4 to 5 hrs return of 11k with 800m ascent.
You can also park up a minor road to L79598 57348 starB – as you near the Glencorbet farmhouse look out for a place to cross the river and aim for Knockpasheemore. When descending from Benbaun don't drop into the valley until you're at L796 533 starC. This 10.5k route should take 5 hrs.

As an alternative descent, you can drop down to the col at L78021 54308 starD and descend N into Glen Corbet. Indeed Benfree is an easy extra summit and you can descend N from either of its cols. This adds about 30 mins.
Alternatively, head further into the glen to L78618 55888 starE before swinging left for the summit or ridge. 4 hrs+ for this 10k return of 746m ascent.

The 15k Glencorbet horseshoe of 1,300m ascent takes in 5 summits...see track/1454. Allow 7-8 hrs.

Other notable tracks incl track/3928 and track/4341. Linkback:
The hedgehog awakes .. by wicklore   (Show all for Benbaun (An Bhinn Bhán))
White it is ... .. by yambox   (Show all for Benbaun (An Bhinn Bhán))
Benbaun August 2013: On The Second Attempt .. by jimhol53   (Show all for Benbaun (An Bhinn Bhán))
Driving along the R344 I noticed that there is ne .. by murphysw   (Show all for Benbaun (An Bhinn Bhán))
This visualisation shows the main twelve bens fro .. by simon3   (Show all for Benbaun (An Bhinn Bhán))
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