Ben Gorm

Ben Gorm (in Irish Bhinn Ghorm or Blue Peak) is wild Connemara terrain at its finest.

Ben Gorm (in Irish Bhinn Ghorm or Blue Peak) is wild Connemara terrain at its finest. The walk starts at Glendavock which joins onto the northerly ridge towards Ben Creggan. The ridge has excellent views of the Tawnyard valley and Sheefrey Mountains.

Many pristine streams web and weave through the lower basin and surge riverwards. The rugged ridgeline tightens as the summit approaches and narrow gorges hasten north towards the Glenamurra River. The panorama rewards of the first spot height at Ben Creggan are undeniable as the weathered southward slope aspects through the famous Doolough Valley and onto the wild Atlantic. From there the trail heads southwards through smooth grassy slopes and boggy outcrops, with long spurs, escarpments and valleys on the left and heathery slopes on the right rolling onto the Delphi valley.

The walk reaches onto the highest point at Bengorm. The Killary fjord dominates the landscape with view across to the 12 Bins and Maumturks. Gliding downhill south east to the southern narrow ridgeline the hike edges past the steep cliff face looking down on Lugaharry Lake and some of the best views of Aasleagh and the Erriff Valley. The grassy tussocks challenge the legs at this point but the downhill seems to occur all too quickly. The walk concludes on the tarmac road bordering Aasleagh Falls.

Length - 10 km
Time - Approx 6hrs
Height Gained - 780m
Highest Point - 700m (Ben Gorm)
Difficulty - B Walk (Medium)

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