Twelve Bens of Connemara, County Galway

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The Twelve Bens, or Twelve Pins, 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 . 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 . They provide excellent walking and climbing opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.Highest pointsThe 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.Further reading"The Mountains of Connemara : A Hill Walker's Guide" includes a more useful 1:50000 map than the OS maps 37, 38, 44. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Recess holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Twelve Bens of Connemara and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We just simply enjoy the sense of calm and other-wordliness that descends while driving along by the Twelve Bens, which dominate the centre of Connemara - our days of serious mountaineering are long.....  more »
  • There are some enticing hikes here, but my age and knees tell me that a drive-by view will have to do. Besides, we got here on an overcast, drizzly day. In a way, that made the Bens/Pins arguably...  more »
  • Spectacular mountain range in Co Galway.
  • Exceptionally beautiful area
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