The 12 Bens

Located North East of Roundstone village, The Twelve Pins (or Bens) are a group of small mountains that are the dominant feature of the Connemara countryside. They are easily accessible from the N59 or from the villages of Letterfrack or Recess. While they are not particularly high, 730 metres being the highest peak, they provide excellent walking and climbing opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. They are very safe and you do not have to be an experienced climber to enjoy the wonderful scenery that you will be rewarded with. As with all hill walking, it is recommended to take precautions with safety and respect the lands upon which you are travelling through.

The Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic countryside in the foothills of the Twelve Bens. There is an information centre in the park where Exhibitions, Nature Trails and Audio Visual Shows on the Flora, Fauna and history of Connemara take place. In addition there is a summer programme of Walks, Talks and Special Events for younger visitors. The centre is fully wheelchair accessible.

Connemara National Park Homepage:

Meet the 12 Bens

Doire an Chlair (Derryclare Mountain) 650m
Bencorr 711m
Benbreen 691m
Glengower 664m
Benglenisky (Ben Lettery) 516m
Benbaun 729m
Benbrack 582m
Bengoora (Diamond Hill) 400m
Bencullagh 632m
Nuckanaght 654m
Knockpasheemore 412m
Bencorr Beg 577m

Recommended Books:

Best Irish Walks: by Joss Lynam.
West of Ireland Walks: by Kevin Corcoran