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Twelve Bens

There are twelve peaks in this range of mountains in Connemara, Ireland giving them the nickname of the twelve bens. They are

Binn Bhán
Binn ChorrBinn Leitrí (Benlettery)
Binn Dubh (Bencollaghduff)
Binn BhraoinBinn Fraoigh
Binn Doire Chláir (Derryclare)
Binn Gabhar (Ben Gower)
Meacanach
An Chailleach
Binn Breac (Benbrack)
Binn Glean Uisce (Benglenisky)

While not very high, rising to a maximum of 730m, they are a superb climb in good weather providing superb views over the Connemara countryside.

In the foreground is the lake and rock strewn landscape of Connemara. While picturesque and a real asset to modern tourism, such a landscape made conditions for farming difficult. The Potato Famine of the 1840s hit particularly hard here.