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Binn Gabhar
Bengower (from the north).jpg
Summit of Bengower viewed from Benbreen
Highest point
Elevation 664 m (2,178 ft)
Prominence 196 m (643 ft)
Listing 100 Highest Irish Mountains, Marilyn, Hewitt, Arderin, Simm, Vandeleur-Lynam
English translation Goats' Peak
Language of name Irish
Bengower is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Location Galway, Ireland
Parent range Twelve Bens
OSI/OSNI grid L7830150644
Topo map OSi Discovery 37
Type of rock Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic bedrock

Bengower (Irish: Binn Gabhar, meaning Goats' Peak) at 664 metres (2,178 ft), is the 135th–highest peak in Ireland on the Arderin scale, and the 166th–highest peak on the Vandeleur-Lynam scale. Bengower is in the southern end of the Twelve Bens mountain range in the Connemara National Park in Galway, Ireland, and is the 6th-tallest of the core Twelve Bens.


Irish academic Paul Tempan notes that there is no evidence as to the origin of the "goat" reference, however, he notes that the mountain was mistakenly labelled as "Glengower" in the popular Discovery Map series.


Bengower lies between the summits of Benbreen 691 metres (2,267 ft), to the north, and Benlettery 577 metres (1,893 ft), and Benglenisky 517 metres (1,696 ft), to the south. Climbing guidebooks note that its northerly rocky ridge (that rises up from the col of Irish: Mám na Gaoithe, or "pass of the wind" at 470 metres) requires scrambling to reach the summit.

Bengower’s prominence of 196 metres (643 ft) qualifies it as a Marilyn, and it also ranks it as the 86th-highest mountain in Ireland in the MountainViews Online Database, 100 Highest Irish Mountains, where the prominence threshold is 100 metres.

Hill walking

Because of its positioning, the more straightforward routes to climb Bengower usually follow a 7-kilometre 3-4 hour horseshoe loop-walk with the neighbouring peaks of Benlettery and Benglenisky.

Bengower is often climbed as part of the popular 16–kilometre 8–9 hour Glencoaghan Horseshoe, considered one of Ireland's best hill-walks. Bengower is also climbed as part of the longer Owenglin Horseshoe, a 20–kilometre 10–12 hour route around the Owenglin River taking in over twelve summits.


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