Derryclare

Derryclare (in Irish Binn Doire Chláir or Peak of Derryclare) is one of the Bins of the 12 Bins mountain range. 


Derryclare (in Irish Binn Doire Chláir or Peak of Derryclare) is one of the Bins of the 12 Bins mountain range. The 12 Bins are synonymous with soul of Connemara. The walk starts at the bottom of Lough Inagh and the route leads northwards through a forest track to a river, which you follow upstream until you leave the forested area and ascent the heathery slope to the rugged westerly spur of Derryclare. There are excellent views of low-lying lake perforations to the south and the quartz valley of Glencoaghan to the west.

The route maintains the north-western ridgeline onto Bencorr with some fantastic views of the quiet and extensive Gleninagh Valley. The unforgiving terrain remains consistent through the narrow exposed col onto Binn Dubh and continues westward onto the pass at at Mám Eidhneach. The mass rock gateways the access downhill onto the Gleninagh valley which lies beneath the face of heighest point of the 12 Bins, BenBaun. The narrow sheep track crosses several torn gravel filled streams down onto a narrow spur jutting onto the valley floor.

The walk parallels the northern section of the river and connects to an old track and concludes at a nearby farmhouse. The walk is tough due to terrain and height but rewarding in views and experience. 

Length - 14 km
Time - Approx 8hrs
Height Gained - 1700m
Highest Point - 711m (Bencorr)
Difficulty - A Walk (Hard)

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