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Maumturks (Maamturks)
Irish: Mhám Toirc; pass of the boar
Maumturk Mountains.JPG
Maumturk Mountains, looking southeastwards from the Inagh Valley, with Knocknahillion's distinctive "diagonal stripes" featuring centre.
Highest point
Peak Binn idir an dá Log
Elevation 702 m (2,303 ft)
Dimensions
Length 25 km (16 mi) North West to South East
Naming
English translation The pass of the boar
Language of name Irish language
Geography
Location Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Country Republic of Ireland
Provinces of Ireland Connacht
Geology
Mountain type Pale quartzites, grits, graphitic top
Climbing
Normal route "Maamturks Challenge"

The Maumturks or Maamturks (Irish: Sléibhte Mhám Toirc; the mountain of the pass of the boar) is a long, broadly-straight mountain range, consisting of weathered quartzite peaks in its central section, located in Connemara in County Galway, in the west of Ireland. The range lies opposite the Twelve Bens, on the other side of the Inagh Valley (a Western Way route).

Hill walking

The walk of the full range (from Maam Cross to Leenaun), is considered one of the "great classic ridge-walks of Ireland", and since 1975, the University College Galway Mountaineering Club, has run the annual "Maamturks Challenge", a walk covering the entire 25–kilometre range in a single day. Near the centre of the range in a deep valley is Irish: Máméan, a site of pilgrimage dedicated to Saint Patrick.

List of peaks

The table below lists some of the highest major mountain peaks of the Maumturk Mountains.

Rank Mountain peak Elevation English Name
1 Binn idir an dá Log 702 m (2,303 ft) Benadolug‡
2 Binn Bhriocáin 667 m (2,188 ft) Letterbreckaun
3 Binn Mhór 661 m (2,169 ft) Binn Mhor
4 Binn Chaonaigh 633 m (2,077 ft) Binn Chaonaigh
5 Mullach Glas 622 m (2,041 ft) Mullach Glas
6 An Meall Dubh 618 m (2,028 ft) Leenaun Hill
7 Binn Mhairg 612 m (2,008 ft) Binn Mhairg
8 Corcogemore| 609 m (1,998 ft) - 9 Cnoc na hUilleann 607 m (1,991 ft) Knocknahillion

(‡) The anglicised version is rarely used or marked on any maps; a more common anglicised name is the incorrect name of "Barrslievenaroy" (or "Baurslievenaroy"), which is a nearby townland on the slopes of Binn idir an Da Log.
(*) Cartographer Tim Robinson notes: "the Ordnance Survey has been incorrectly calling this mountain 'Leckavrea' for a hundred and fifty years." "Lackavrea" (Ir. Leic Aimhréidh) is the mountain to the east on the other side of Mám Aodha.

Maumturks From BinnChor
The Maumturks range as seen from across the Inagh Valley in the Twelve Bens range. Letterbreckaun is the most prominent mountain to the left (north), followed by Knocknahillion, and then the large Binn Idir an Dá Log summits and ridge. The range then drops into the valley of Máméan, before rising up to BinnMhor to the right (south)

Rock climbing

While the Maumturks are not known for rock climbing, the Loch Mhám Ochóige area of the range has rock climbs in the V-Diff to HVS grades.

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