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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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Gleninagh and the Maamturks seen from the summit .. by pdtempan   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Binn Bhán in area Twelve Bens, Ireland
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! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/89/comment/6507/
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Binn Bhán (right) and Binn Fraoigh (left), taken .. by csd   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Had a cracking climb here at the beginning of Aug .. by seatruin   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Descent from Benbaun to Maumina col .. by mcrtchly   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
Descending from Ben Breen to Maumina with Ben Bau .. by Sweeney   (Show all for Binn Bhán)
 
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