Mountains & Hills

Maumturks Mountain Range

The Maumturks or ‘Maamturks’ as it’s otherwise spelled are a stunning mountain range in the Connemara region of Galway. Although it is not the largest mountain range in Galway, the Maumturks offer pleasant and rewarding climbs offering superb views across the Connemara region. The mountain range provides excellent walking and climbing opportunities for the experienced outdoor enthusiast.

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Barrslievenaroy Mountain

Barrslievenaroy or ‘Binn idir an Dá Log’ as it’s otherwise known is the highest mountain of the Maumturks range. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 702 metres (2,303 ft).

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Binn Mhór Mountain

Binn Mhór, when translated from Irish means ‘Great Peak’. It is the third highest mountain in the Maumturks range. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 661 metres (2,169 ft).

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Binn Chaonaigh Mountain

Binn Chaonaigh is the forth highest mountain of the Maumturks range. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 633 metres (2,077 ft).

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Letterbreckaun Mountain

Letterbreckaun is the second highest mountain of the Maumturks range. The name ‘Letterbreckaun’ comes from the Irish ‘Leitir Bhriocáin’ meaning ‘Brecan’s wet hillside’. It is believed the mountain may have been named after St. Brecan, who is a saint associated particularly with Co. Galway. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 667 metres (2,188ft).

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Mullach Glas Mountain

Mullach Glas is the second most southerly summit of the Maumturks range. The mountain is relatively remote. It is the 239th highest summit in Ireland.

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Corcogemore Mountain

Corcogemore or Corcoge as it’s otherwise known is the most southerly summit of the Maumturks range. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 609 metres (1,998 ft).

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Leenaun Hill

Leenaun Hill also known as ‘Meall Dubh’ boasts spectacular views. It is the 256th highest summit in Ireland measuring at an elevation of 618 metres (2,028 ft).

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Knocknahillion Mountain 

Knocknahillion Mountain or ‘Cnoc na h’Uilleann’ as it’s known in Irish is the 260th highest summit in Ireland measuring at an elevation of 606 metres (1,988 ft). The hill is remote and climbers should ask for access permission from the local landowner.

Twelve Ben’s Mountain Range

The Twelve Bens or ‘Twelve Pins’, as they are otherwise known, is a mountain range located in the Connemara region of Co. Galway. The mountain range is separated with the Maumturks range by the picturesque lough Inagh valley. The highest point of the Twelve Bens is the summit of Benbaun which measures at 729 metres (2,392 ft). The mountain range provides excellent walking and climbing opportunities for the experienced outdoor enthusiast.

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Benbaun Mountain

Benbaun or ‘Binn Bhán’ in Irish, is the highest mountain of the Twelve Bens, and the highest peak in county Galway. It is the 10th highest peak in Ireland. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 729 metres (2,392 ft).

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Bencorr Mountain 

Bencorr or ‘Binn Chorr’ in Irish meaning ‘Pointed Peak’. Is the second highest mountain in the Twelve Bens and the 101st highest summit in Ireland. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 711 metres (2,333 ft).

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Bencollaghduff Mountain

Bencollaghduff or ‘Binn Dubh’ meaning ‘Black mountain’ is a the third highest mountain of the Twelve Bens mountain range. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 696 metres (2,283 ft). Bencollaghduff is referenced in the award winning novel ‘Star of the Sea’ by Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor when he cites “…the quarzite shale on the slopes of Bencollaghduff”.

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Benbreen Mountain

Benbreen or ‘Binn Bhraoin’ as it’s known in Irish is the 115th tallest peak in Ireland. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 691 metres (2,267 ft).

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Derryclare Mountain

Derryclare moutain provides stunning views over the Glencoaghan valley. The Irish for the mountain is ‘Doire Chláir’, which could either mean ‘oak-wood of the plain’ or ‘oak-wood of the plank-bridge’.  It is the 151st highest summit in Ireland with the peak of the mountain measuring to a height of 677 metres (2,221 ft).

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Bengower Mountain

Bengower mountain or ‘Binn Gabhar’ in Irish meaning ‘Goats Peak’ is one of the Twelve Bens mountains and is the 171st highest mountain in Ireland. Despite that the mountain is far inland, in late spring you can find thrift (sea-pink) in bloom on top of the summit. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 644 metres (2,178 ft).

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Muckanaght Mountain

Muckanaght mountain or ‘Meacanacht’ in Irish meaning ‘a hill like a pig’s back’ is the 189th highest summit in Ireland. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 654 metres (2,146 ft).

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Benfree Mountain

Benfree mountain or ‘Binn Fraoigh’ in Irish meaning ‘peak of heather’ is the 223rd highest summit in Ireland. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 638 metres (2,093 ft).

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Bencullagh Mountain

Bencullagh mountain or ‘An Chailleach’ in Irish meaning ‘the hag’ is the 232nd highest summit in Ireland. In the 19th century there was a famous character called ‘the witch of Clifden’ or the ‘Cailleach an Chlocháin’. It is believe the mountain is named after the witch. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 632 metres (2,073 ft).

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Benbrack Mountain

Benbrack mountain or ‘Binn Bhreac’ in Irish meaning ‘speckled peak’ is the 332nd highest summit in Ireland. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 582 metres (1,909 ft).

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Ben Letterry Mountain

Benlettery mountain or ‘Binn Leitrí’ in Irish meaning ‘peak of the wet hillsides’, is the 343rd highest summit in Ireland and the most southerly peak of the Twelve Bens. An alternative name for the mountain is Bindowglass or Bendouglas (Binn Dúghlais in Irish, ‘peak of the black stream’) has been recorded as early as 1684 by Roderic O’Flaherty. It’s notable that in both names, they both refer to the wet state of the mountain. O’Flaherty further mentions a pool of water on the summit which turns the hair white of anyone who washes in it. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 577 metres (1,893 ft).

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Benglenisky Mountain

Benglenisky mountain or ‘Binn Ghleann Uisce’ in Irish meaning ‘peak of the glen of water’ is the 517th highest summit in Ireland and is the second most southerly summit of the Twelve Bens. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 516 metres (1,693 ft).

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Slieve Aughty Mountains

Situated in the south-east of Galway, the Slieve Aughty mountains highest peak is Maghera at 400 metres (1,312 ft). Many other peaks within the Slieve Aughty range are under 300 metres (984 ft). A top of the peaks give some breathtaking views of south Galway and across the county Clare.

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Devilsmother Mountain

Devilsmother mountain is part of the Partry mountain range and is situated at the head of Killary harbour. The mountain has two names in Irish, ‘Magairlí an Deamhain’ meaning ‘the demon’s testicles’ and ‘Binn Gharbh’ meaning ‘rough peak’. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 645 metres (2,116 ft).

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Diamond Hill 

Diamond Hill or ‘Binn Ghuaire’ in Irish meaning ‘Guaire’s peak’ is situated in the Connemara National Park and sits between the Ballinakill harbour and the Twelve Bens mountains range. There is a large cairn a top of the summit along with stunning views over the Atlantic coastline, the Twelve Bens and of the islands of Inishbofin and Inishark. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 442 metres (1,450 ft).

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Knockma Hill

Knockma Hill or ‘Cnoc Meadha’ as it is known in Irish is the 1437th highest summit in Ireland. Legend has it that the hill is home to Finnbheara, the king of the Connacht fairies. There are two large cairns on the summit of the hill, one believed to be the burial-place of Finnbheara and the other of Queen Medb.

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Errisbeg Mountain 

Errisbeg mountain offers breathtaking views from its summit. Known as ‘Iorras Beag’ in Irish, the mountain is situated at Roundstone and boasts a height of 300 metres (984 ft).

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Garraun Mountain

Garraun mountain or ‘Maolchnoc’ in Irish meaning ‘bald hill’, is a hill in the Twelve Bens mountain range of Connemara. The mountain measures to a height of 598 metres (1952 ft). The mountain is the 293rd highest summit in Ireland.

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Tully Mountain

Tully mountain or Cnoc Leitreach as it’s known in Irish, is a mountain north-west of Letterfrack. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 356 metres (1,168 ft). There is a small cairn on the summit of the mountain along with panoramic views of the Twelve Bens mountain range, Inishbofin island and the Galway/Mayo coastline.

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Doughruagh Mountain

Doughruagh mountain is the 403rd highest summit in Ireland and lies directly behind Kylemore Abbey. Also known as ‘Dúchruach’ in Irish meaning ‘black stack’, there is a statue of the Sacred Heart, erected in 1932 by the Benedictine nuns of the Abbey, on very steep ground.

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Mount Gable 

Mount Gable is a picturesque mountain with lovely views from it’s summit. The peak of the mountain measures to a height of 418 metres (1,370 ft).

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Lugnabrick Mountain 

Lugnabrick mountain or ‘Log na Brice’ as it’s known in Iirhs A name in Irish meaning ‘hollow of the speckled place’ is the 585th highest summit in Ireland. The summit provides some beautiful views over the Connemara region.

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Cashlaundrumlahan Mountain 

Cashlaundrumlahan Hill or ‘Caisleán Dhroim Leathan’ as it’s known in Irish meaning ‘castle of the broad ridge’ is the highest point in Galway of the Slieve Aughty mountain range. It is the 1033th highest summit in Ireland.

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Lissoughter Mountain

Lissoughter mountain or ‘Cnoc Lios Uachtair’ as it’s known in Irish meaning ‘hill of the upper ring-fort’ is situated between Lough Inagh and Recess. The famous Connemara green marble is produced from the quarry on the southern slopes of the mountain. It is the 940th highest summit in Ireland.

  • Always take due care for your personal safety and the safety of others when hiking. Do not go hiking unprepared and some experience is advised. Always adhere to all signs, private land restrictions and laws at all times.