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Benbulbin Mountain Binn Ghulbain A name in Irish
(Ir. Binn Ghulbain [GE], 'Gulban’s peak' or 'jaw-shaped peak') Sligo County In Arderin List

Height: 526m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 16 Grid Reference: G69226 46352 This summit has been logged as climbed by 236 members. Recently by: hivisibility, carbar, nolanlyn, ofarrellb, karina, megantaggart, Anya, madeleineblue, savage, Summ1t, rodman, Ulsterpooka, BleckCra, donalhunt, Magsamillion
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Longitude: -8.474211, Latitude: 54.364892 Prominence: 61m,   Isolation: 2.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 569181 846352,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnblbn, 10 char: Benbulbin

Benbulbin, with its limestone escarpment resembling the prow of a ship, is one of the most recognisable Irish mountains. It is also steeped in legend. It takes its name from Conall Gulban, son of Niall of the Nine hostages, who was fostered here. Fionn Mac Cumhaill finds his son Oisín naked under a rowan tree on Benbulben, having not seen him for seven years. It is also the spot where Diarmuid Ó Duibhne is finally killed by a boar, after he and Gráinne have been pursued for many years throughout Ireland by Fionn. Sometimes spelt Benbulben.   Benbulbin is the 405th highest summit in Ireland. Benbulbin is the most westerly summit in the Dartry Mountains area.

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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: White giant above the plain
 
A simple way up a remarkable mountain
Short Summary created by wicklore  11 Jan 2011 PLEASE NOTE: The below mentioned access may now be blocked as per pquinn's recent comment. Please add any other access information to this summary. A simple approach to Benbulbin is to start at G684 451 (Point A). A track leads to fields below a steep, but not dangerous, climb up to the top of the Benbulbin - Kings Mountain ridge. Keep to the right of a small river gully on the ascent as this is where the track is. Near the top turn left to head west across the bog for a few hundred metres to the summit trig pillar. Beware of the sharp cliff drops which are so prominent to this hill. fantastic views are to be had of the nearer Dartrys, as well as across to Slieve League in Donegal.
Point A: G684 451

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Access Problems, Wednesday 17 August 2011
by Wildcat  17 Aug 2011 The introductory summary comment for Benbulbin should be changed - I walked this route on Wednesday 17 August 2011 and noted access problems. The corrected route still starts at the Point A, grid reference G684 451. Note that parking is difficult and junctions, lanes and farm entrances must be left clear so tractors and trailers can get access. There is really only space for one car close to point A. From Point A, follow the surfaced road about 20m to the north-east (direction Benbulbin Farm). The Benbulbin Farm road then turns right (south-east) - from the bend in the surfaced road, continue straight on (north-east) on an unsurfaced track (a lane between trees) as far as a gate. Go through the gate then continue on this lane for about 300m north-east to the point where it bends to the right (east) - there's a gate on the left (grid reference G685 453 (Point B)) which leads to the rough grazing north of the lane without any problems. (Please note, the lane dead ends 400m to the east at a gate bristling with metalwork, barbed wire and a 'no trespassing' sign.) From the gate at G685 453 (Point B), head gradually uphill keeping to the right, gradually getting further north of the lane and steadily closer to the LEFT bank of the small river gully mentioned in the summary. Ascend steep grassy slopes east of some trees but north-west of the gully and find a path that zig-zags through a narrow rock band to reach the reedy slopes above. Continue uphill and somewhat to the left, across boggy grassland, to reach the summit trig pillar.
Point B: G685 453
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Eastern slope of Benbulbin
by eflanaga  15 Mar 2006 Benbulbin (Climbed Sunday 13th) Started walk at G684451 for the relatively short (1.6K) but rather steep ascent (450m) to the summit cairn. Track at start of walk runs for about 400m up and around to a metal gate. Once through gate simply follow the gulley to your left onwards and upwards to the top. The forecast had suggested that the mist would linger on the west coast and high ground for a good part of the day and it wasn’t wrong. While, there would be clear spells on some of the hills around lunchtime the mist steadfastly refused to vacate Benbulbin until much later in the evening. As it was, by the time I had climbed about 100m visibility had dropped to around 30 metres. Four young lads on scramblers across the gulley, one of whom appeared to be intent on trying to ride his bike up the sheer incline to the top, quickly disappeared from view, the irritating ‘phut phut phut’ of their engines taking somewhat longer to fade into the distance. I found it somewhat easier to climb alongside the gulley rather than climbing up through it . It’s only a short walk from the top of the gulley to the Trig point on the summit. Due to the mist there was little to see except for the inscribed metal plate on the Trig dedicated to a young man called Kevin Myers who apparently passed away at age of twenty-eight in 2002. Not sure if his unfortunate passing had anything to do with the mountain. After picking up a couple of discarded beer tins near the Trig it was time to check bearings and start the long trudge across to my next target, Benwiskin. The trek, described by Sean below, was made much more arduous because of the poor visibility and the prevailing cold, wet and miserable conditions.(See Benwiskin for next stage of walk).
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Dawn behind Benbulbin.
 
by simon3  20 Dec 2009 Taken some 20 minutes after dawn, Benbulbin's distinctive shape is set against the dawn of a cold, December day.
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Fairy Road near Ballintrillick
by tightropetom  26 Mar 2008 If you follow emchugh's route you may have missed out on a golden opportunity! There is a 'fairy' road on the way to the ascent route. On this, you will experience a very strange phenomenon whereby you drive 'down' a hill. You then put your car in neutral and then your car will proceed to roll backwards 'up' the hill. I kid you not! Just after the waterworks you are facing towards Benwiskin. The next right turn brings you face to face with the Dartry mountains proper (see picture). At this point you should stop your car to get your bearings. In front of you is a minor incline that appears to go downhill. Drive along here until just before the last bush on your left (about 10 yards after the bush there is a tiny grassy pathway going off to the left perpendicular to the road). In the picture the bushes on the left are clearly visible. Stop the car and put it into neutral - you will be shocked as your car moves backwards! If the car doesn't move you've gone too far.
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by donieg  30 May 2008 Thursday 29.05.2008 a beautifull sunny day I decided to take on the three peaks challenge of Benbulbin followed by Benwiskin and finally Slievemore. I found 'eflanaga' comment of 15.03.06 helpfull and started my climb from the same track as described in his comment. Found the steep climb to the summit of Benbulbin tough as it starts immediately - no gentle warming up time, its straight up after going through the metal gate at the end of the track. There were a half dozen other people climbing as I went up, reached the trig point at G69224 46350 (Point C), fabulous view on this clear sunny day out towards the coast. After taking a few photos, I headed off towards Benwiskin which could be seen clearly, kept a healthy distance from the steep cliffs on my left, trekked across mostly boggy ground, dry after the recent good weather, was pleased to spot some grouse droppings on my way, this native bird which is under pressure for survival in Ireland still obviously has a tentative foothold in these parts. Enjoyed the long walk around to Benwiskin, no access problems going this route. On reaching the summit at Benwiskin G72337 49104 (Point D) I had some well deserved lunch. Spotted one sign on a barbed wire fence here stating - ' Private-Keep out ' . The views of the Donegal coast were spectacular from Benwiskin. Headed off towards Slievemore and on my way came across the Celtic cross at G72255 47218 (Point E). The spectacular Gleniff valley on my left was clearly visable as I negotiated my way over to Slievemore. On reaching the summit of Slievemore (un-marked as far as I could make out) I took a reading at G 72522 46559 (Point F) from which vantage point one gets a fantastic view down into Gleniff valley. Was standing on this prominent point when I suddenly heard the sound of two quads and spotted them comming up the valley at speed with two persons each on board. Bearing in mind the reports featured on this site about the infamous Mr Bull who does not appreciate visitors I decided to make myself scarce and took off with renewed vigour towards the distant Benbulbin, keeping a watchfull glance to my rear every now and again. I had crossed a fence on the approach to Slievemore so was unsure if I was on Mr Bull's stomping ground. After about twenty minutes at full pace heading towards Benbulbin I spotted the two quads stopped on Slievemore and the occupants watching my hasty retreat. Its amazing how the fatigue can leave one's legs at a time like this, having walked approximately 14K at this stage and peaked Benbulbin, Benwiskin & Slievemore I fairly flew across the marshy ground in my haste to put as much distance as I could between us. Arrived back in one piece to my vehicle having really enjoyed the trip, its a pity one 's enjoyment is spoiled a bit by the apprehension surrounding the formentioned gentleman.
Point C: G69224 46350 Point D: G72337 49104 Point E: G72255 47218
Point F: G72522 46559
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