Twelve Bens of Connemara
Twelve Bens of Connemara
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Jens A
Aarslev, Denmark5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
It was a very wonderfull expirience to drive around in Landscabe. There are many Lakes and Fjords beside the beautiful Mountains. We went to Clifton, a nice little town out in the West. Perfekt for a one day trip from Galway.
Written May 24, 2023
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Kizambo
Portland, ME59 contributions
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I was fortunate to know a local hiking friend in the Galway area who guided my family and I up and around three of the Bens (or a Ben and a couple others) off the road near Kylemore in Letterfrack. Being from the USA I'm used to marked trails and maps but here it's up to the hiker to determine their own safe passage. An exhausting 6 hours but beautiful views of all the Bens, Kylemore and the Donegal Bay. If you can find a good map or a good friend I highly suggest it.
Note: I would rate myself a beginner hiker.
Written August 20, 2007
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John M
Lyon, France2,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
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 gone. Our last trip there was on an overcast day in Winter travelling from the Galway direction, on a narrow but empty road (apart from the occasional sheep) that ran through a unique boggy landscape with very sparse brown plant life, kaleidoscopically coloured clumps of heather and grass clinging to life by trickling streams.

The mountains face south over blue-grey lakes and we enjoyed seeing the sharp quartzite peaks shrouded in mist. The Glencoaghan Horseshoe route, composed of nine peaks, encircles the south of the Bens, aligned in a star-shaped pattern, and takes in their highest peaks. This is some of the most strenuous but exhilarating mountaineering west of the Shannon; the northern summits are not as high but more physically demanding. Fortunately there is a mountain rescue team and potential walkers are advised to their number before starting out on the Beanna Beola (translated as Beola's peaks) which is the Gaelic name given to the Twelve Bens, by the local Irish speakers.
Written November 1, 2019
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HowlnBubba
Key Largo, FL1,408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
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 impressive as the summits peeked in and out. Another reviewer picked the right description with "brooding". These are most comparable to the Appalachians in size and contour, but remember that Ireland doesn't have many true mountains, and these were reportedly a landmark for sailors coming from the West as early as the 17th century.
Written September 27, 2019
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia7,762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Shame on me for not visiting Galway in my younger years. I was driving the road adjacent to these mountains and in the overcast conditions they looked to be brooding. A sudden ray of sunshine and all was transformed with different hues and I wished that the legs had the strength to climb to the top of the closest. However, there is abundant natural scenery between the road and the mountains, the gorse was covered with its yellow blossoms, there was the occasional bog, the streams, heather and other low lying vegetation. The mountains seemed devoid of vegetation.
Written June 15, 2019
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