The Bens, also known as Na Beanna Beola, encompass a vast mountain range that graces the Connemara region, offering a commanding presence visible from nearly every corner. These mountains shape the topography of the area, their grey, glistening peaks and open, boggy hillsides asserting their dominance. Embarking on this walk, you are guided towards the highest summit among the Bens and in County Galway—Benbaun, standing proudly at 725 meters.
From the summit of Benbaun, you are rewarded with a captivating panorama that unveils the true essence of Connemara. Gaze upon the picturesque landscape adorned with countless dappled lakes as the path follows the peaks of Benfree and Benbrack. It is here that the awe-inspiring Kylemore Valley unfolds before your eyes, offering unparalleled vistas of the iconic abbey, church, lakes, and the majestic presence of Benchoona and Ballinakill Harbour.
Immerse yourself in the splendor of this journey, as the remarkable scenery unfolds with each step. The Bens reveal the natural beauty of Connemara in all its glory, inviting you to connect with the breathtaking surroundings and indulge in the serenity they provide.