The Maumturks or Maamturks (Irish: Sléibhte Mhám Toirc; mountains of the boar's pass)[b] is a mountain range in Connemara,[c] County Galway, in the west of Ireland. It is a long, broadly-straight range, consisting of weathered quartzite peaks in its central section. The Maumturks lie east of the Twelve Bens, on the other side of Lough Inagh and the Inagh Valley (a Western Way route).

Maumturks (Maamturks)
Irish: Sléibhte Mhám Toirc
Maumturk Mountains: looking south from Letterbreckaun towards Knocknahillion and Binn idir an dá Log.
Highest point
PeakBinn idir an dá Log
Elevation702 m (2,303 ft)
Coordinates53°29′N 9°36′W / 53.48°N 9.60°W / 53.48; -9.60
Length25 km (16 mi) North West to South East
English translationpass of the boar
Language of nameIrish language
Maumturks (Maamturks) is located in Ireland
Maumturks (Maamturks)
Maumturks (Maamturks)
Location of the Maunturks
LocationConnemara, County Galway, Ireland
CountryRepublic of Ireland
Provinces of IrelandConnacht
Mountain typePale quartzites, grits, graphitic top
Normal route"Maamturks Challenge"[a][1]

Hill walking edit

The walk of the full range (from Maam Cross to Leenaun), is considered one of the "great classic ridge-walks of Ireland",[3] and since 1975, the University of Galway Mountaineering Club, has run the annual "Maamturks Challenge", a walk covering the entire 25–kilometre range in a single day.[1][a] Near the centre of the range in a deep valley is Irish: Máméan, a site of pilgrimage dedicated to Saint Patrick.[4]

List of peaks edit

The table below lists some of the highest major mountain peaks of the Maumturk Mountains.[2]

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) Corcogemore*
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.[2]

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 Binn Mhór to the right (south)

Rock climbing edit

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.[5]

Further reading edit

  • Lynam, Joss; Robinson, Tim (1988). Mountains of Connemara: Hill Walker's Guide. Folding Landscape. ISBN 978-0950400242.
  • Dillion, Paddy (1993). The Mountains of Ireland: Guide to Walking the Summits. Cicerone. ISBN 978-1852841102.
  • Dillion, Paddy (2001). Connemara: Collins Rambler's guide. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0002201216.
  • Fairbairn, Helen (2014). Ireland's Best Walks: A Walking Guide. Collins Press. ISBN 978-1848892118.
  • Connemara (Superwalker) Map (Waterproof Folded Map) (1:30,000 scale). Harvey Maps. 2015. ISBN 978-1851373383.

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b The entire route covers just under 25 kilometres, 7,600 ft of elevation, and generally takes 10–12 hours for competent hill walkers to complete
  2. ^ The direct translation of Mhám Toirc is "pass of the boar"; there are several "turk" placenames in Connemara.[2]
  3. ^ The range is outside the boundary of the Connemara National Park and on private property, but climbing access is granted.

References edit

  1. ^ a b "The Maumturks Challenge". University College Galway Mountaineering Club. 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Paul Tempan (February 2012). "Irish Hill and Mountain Names" (PDF).
  3. ^ Helen Fairbairn (30 December 2014). Ireland's Best Walks: A Walking Guide (Walking Guides). Collins Press. ISBN 978-1848892118. Route 35 Maumturks (North), Route 36 Maumturks (South)
  4. ^ "Máméan Pilgrimage". National Museum of Ireland. High up the slopes of the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara there is a natural passage-way known as Máméan (pass of the birds). At the summit of this rugged track you will find an ancient pilgrim site dedicated to St. Patrick.
  5. ^ "Maumturks: Mám Ochóige". Irish Online Climbing Wiki. Retrieved 24 July 2019. Location - The crag is at grid reference L 876 532 near Mám Ochóige one mile from the road. on west flank of col between Knocknahillion and point 2305, below and west of lake on the Maamturk ridge The crag is not too high up and often in the sun.

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