Route: 12 Bens of Connemara (Ireland)

Submitted by Betty Walsh on Wed, 05/19/2021 - 06:14am
Co. Galway, IE
27 km
Vertical Gain
2,273 m

Iconic 12 Bens route, quartzite mountains, summits, ridges, scree slopes, upland peat and heather moorland. Changeable weather.  Requires navigation skills, self sufficiency and dogged determination.    


In the event of an accident while attempting this route be prepared to self rescue as rescue teams response time in this area can be hampered by inclement weather conditions and difficult access. Advise to attempt the 12 Ben's route in pairs as a safety precaution.       


Start point at small lay-by -  N 53° 28.901 W 009° 47.823    Limited parking for 2 or 3 cars at this location, long stay parking not advised.  Respect the local farming community of Glen Coaghan & open commonage with grazing livestock on the lower slopes.   Do not obstruct access to the hillside for farming practices. Dogs strictly on a lead.  

Proceed ENE compass heading to the start of the ridge then adjust heading to a NE direction following the ridge to the first of the 12 summits.


Finish point - exit Connemara National Park at the Owenglen river and the forest road intersection and touch the Coillte barrier to complete this 12 Ben's route.  

Narrow coniferous plantation forest road access to this endpoint.  Long stay parking possible here when being careful  not to obstruct access or any forestry operations ongoing in the area.  


This route does the 12 Bens in the following summit sequence:


Binn Doire Chláir, (Derryclare) 673m

Binn Chorr (Ben Corr), 711m 

Binn an tSaighdiúra, 653m

 - Mám na bhFonsai 494m

Binn Dhubh (Bencollaghduff) 696m

Binn Bhraoin (Ben Breen) 691m

Binn Gabhar (Ben Gower) 664m

Binn Leitr (Ben Lettery) 577m

Binn Ghleann Uisce (Ben Gglenisky) 518m

- Mám Eidhneach (Maumina) 407m

Binn Bhán (Ben Baun) 729m

Binn Fraoich (Benf Free) 638m

- Meacanach (Muckanaght) 654m

Binn Chailleach (Ben Cullagh) 632m

 - Maumonght 585m

Binn Bhreac (Ben Bbreac). 454m


Full descriptions of individual summits are available on

GPS Track
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Nice one Betty !