Twelve Bens

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Twelve Bens
Irish: Na Beanna Beola
Twelve pins.JPG
Bencorr from across Lough Inagh
Highest point
Peak Benbaun
Elevation 729 m (2,392 ft)
Coordinates 53°30′N 9°49′W / 53.50°N 9.81°W / 53.50; -9.81Coordinates: 53°30′N 9°49′W / 53.50°N 9.81°W / 53.50; -9.81
Country Republic of Ireland
Provinces of Ireland Connacht

The Twelve Bens, or Twelve Pins (Irish: Na Beanna Beola), is a mountain range of sharp-peaked quartzite ranges located northeast of Roundstone in Connemara in the west of Ireland. Dedicated fell runners attempt to hike all twelve peaks in a single day. Topographically, this range is partnered with the Maumturks range on the other side of the lonely Glen Inagh (and the route of Western Way long distance path). Frequent rainfall and steep-sided mountains produce an abundance of small trickles and streams which descend into wide-bottomed valleys below the Twelve Pins to join larger streams with riffles and pools. The highest point in the Twelve Bens is Benbaun at 729 metres (2,392 ft). They provide excellent walking and climbing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Highest points[edit]

The following table lists the 12 highest major mountain peaks of the Twelve Bens Mountains, all with a topographic elevation of at least 516 metres (1,693 ft). There are a number of mountains higher than Benglenisky, but do not have sufficient prominence to be included in this list.

Rank Mountain peak Elevation English Name
1 Binn Bhán 729 m (2,392 ft) Benbaun
2 Binn Chorr 711 m (2,333 ft) Bencorr
3 Binn Dubh 696 m (2,283 ft) Bencollaghduff
4 Binn Bhraoin 691 m (2,267 ft) Benbreen
5 Binn Doire Chláir 677 m (2,221 ft) Derryclare
6 Binn Gabhar 664 m (2,178 ft) Bengower
7 Meacanach 654 m (2,146 ft) Muckanaght
8 Binn Fraoigh 638 m (2,093 ft) Benfree
9 An Chailleach 632 m (2,073 ft) Bencullagh
10 Binn Breac 582 m (1,909 ft) Benbrack
11 Ben Letterry 577 m (1,893 ft) Ben Letterry
12 Binn Glean Uisce 516 m (1,693 ft) Benglenisky
Benbaun from north of Lough Inagh

Further reading[edit]

  • "The Mountains of Connemara : A Hill Walker's Guide" (ISBN 0-9504002-4-6) includes a more useful 1:50000 map than the OS maps 37, 38, 44.

Other projects[edit]

Media related to Twelve Bens at Wikimedia Commons

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