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Garraun (Twelve Bens)

Garraun mountain in Irish is called Maolchnoc (Bald hill) and is the most northerly point of the Twelve Bens range. 


Garraun mountain in Irish is called Maolchnoc (Bald hill) and is the most northerly point of the Twelve Bens range. The walk joins from the roadway on the long grassy north western spur to the spot height (598m).

The top is exposed and wild but a further 1km trek North Westward will bring you to Benchoona (581m) with some classic panoramic views on clear days of the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara coastline and islands along with connecting mountain landscape of the Bens. There are some good examples here of stone cairns and shallow mountain lakes dotted across the upland section.

The walk then inclines southwards across the pass at Lemnaheltia around the base of Doughruagh hill with beautiful views of Knappagh Lough to the West and Kylemore Lough to the South. The walk then draws to a conclusion in the fabulous grounds of Kylemore Abbey.

Length - 10 km
Height Gained - 780m
Highest Point - 650m
Difficulty - B Walk (Medium)

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