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Introduction to the 12 Bens - a guided hike

Welcome to the 12 Bens in Connemara - "The Mweelin Horseshoe"

This hike is designed to introduce people to the magnificant 12 Bens mountain range. During the course of the hike we will visit three summits. Benbaun 477m, Benbrack 582m, and Knocknabrack 442m.

We commence our day at Kylemore and close to the start of the climb we will visit a lime kiln and an unmarked childrens grave plot. The climb up Benbaun is steep but the views back down over Kylemore lake more than make up for it. Soon the magnitude of the massive peaks of the Bens come into view. We will enjoy looking at them today and whet our appetites for another adventure.

We continue our hike to the rocky quartzite summit of Benbrack. This is very typical of the other peaks in the 12 Bens. There is a small lake close to the summit. After this we progress down along the ridge to Knockbrack before descending to the valley under the shadow of Diamond Hill. We then walk out past the old Kylemore Farm to our cars back at Kylemore Abbey car park.

Meeting point.

Kylemore Abbey Car park at 10:00am

Cost: 30 Euro per person.

Group size: Max no 12 (Early registration recommended)

Time 5/6 hours.

Height Gain 750m

Distance 12kms

OSI Mapsheet No 37 1:50k

Pre registration is essential.

To register for this guided hike please send an email via the event page or web site outlining how many places required and details of current address and contact tel no.

You will then receive an email detailing how to complete the registration.

Difficulty level. Hard.

This is a tough demanding hike requiring a good level of fitness and the ability to cope with uneven terrain

To register for this hike please email us at: highhopesmountaintreks@yahoo.com

or call us at: 086 3454045

Contact us

https://www.highhopesmountaintreks.com/contact-us/

Equipment required:

Good waterproof boots and waterproof clothing are essential; hiking trousers are advised, (no jeans please); spare warm layer; hat and gloves; lunch and/or snacks; water or juice drink, (1.5 litres); small rucksack to carry it all in.

NB - Cancellation policy

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Hike that are cancelled with one month of event Full refund

Hikes that are cancelled within 14 days of the event a refund of 50%

Hikes that are cancelled within 7 days no refund available apart from exceptional cases due to illness or family bereavement