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Benglenisky
Binn Ghleann Uisce
Benlettery (centre) and Benglenisky (right) from Ballynahinch River.jpg
Benglenisky (left), and Benlettery (centre), from the Ballynahinch Castle fishery
Highest point
Elevation 516 m (1,693 ft)
Prominence 48 m (157 ft)
Listing Arderin
Naming
English translation Peak of the Wet Hillsides
Language of name Irish
Geography
Location Galway, Ireland
Parent range Twelve Bens
OSI/OSNI grid L7661650065
Topo map OSi Discovery 37
Geology
Type of rock Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic bedrock

Benglenisky (Irish: Binn Ghleann Uisce, meaning Peak of the Glen of the Water) at 516 metres (1,693 ft), is the 368th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin scale. Benglenisky is the second most southern peak, after neighbouring Benlettery, of the Twelve Bens mountain range in the Connemara National Park in Galway, Ireland, and is the lowest of the core Twelve Bens.

Naming

According to Irish academic Paul Tempan, Irish: Gleann Uisce, meaning "the glen of water", is from the glen on the south-east side of this peak. Tempan also notes that on the north-west side in the townland of Irish: Barr na nÓrán, Benglenisky is known as Irish: Binn Dubh (meaning "Black Peak") or Irish: Cnoc Dubh (meaning "Black Hill"). The green Connemara marble is quarried in Barr na nÓrán, which was first started by Thomas Barnwall Martin in the 1820s.

Geography

Benglenisky is the second southernmost peak of the Twelve Bens after Benlettery 577 metres (1,893 ft), and lies at the western edge of the range.

Benglenisky is connected to the range by a high north-easterly ridge to the peak of Bengower 664 metres (2,178 ft); this ridge forms a fork which also connects neighboring Benlettery to Bengower. Benglenisky sits off the main ridge of the six Bens that form a horseshoe around the valley of the Glencoaghan River (also known as the Glencoaghan Horseshoe), and is thus less frequented.

Benglenisky is the lowest of the core Twelve Bens, and only meets the mountain classification of an Arderin. Its relative positioning at the southern end of the range, jutting out on its own ridge, means that it often appears as a scenic backdrop to Ballynahinch Castle and the Ballynahinch Lake, however, it is still overshadowed by its more dramatic neighbour, Benlettery, with its striking "pyramidal" profile.

Hill walking

As with Benlettery, Benglenisky's accessibility means that it can be summited as a standalone 5-kilometre 2-3 hour climb (starting and ending at the Ben Lettery An Oige youth hostel); however, the high ridge Benglenisky shares with the peaks of Bengower and Benlettery, means that it is also climbed as part a 7-kilometre 3-4 hour horseshoe loop-walk with these peaks.

Benglenisky does not feature on the core route of the more famous 16–kilometre 8–9 hour Glencoaghan Horseshoe, considered one of Ireland's best hill-walks; or the even longer Owenglin Horseshoe, a 20–kilometre 10–12 hour route around the Owenglin River taking in over twelve summits.

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