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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 230 members. Recently by: Anya, madeleineblue, savage, Summ1t, rodman, Ulsterpooka, BleckCra, donalhunt, Magsamillion, dr_banuska, cody1, Colin Murphy, eryri, Philewis, Fergalh
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Longitude: -8.474196, Latitude: 54.364901 Prominence: 61m,   Isolation: 2.4km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 569182 846353,   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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Bottomless Pit?
Approach from the north.
by Colin Murphy  14 Nov 2013 This approach from the north is equally good if you intend to bag Benwiskin or Annaccona. Parked at G 7090 4710 (Point B). The tarred road peters out but continues as rough stones (but drivelable with care) for another hundred metres or so, where you will find a space to park a couple of cars. Head SE up a gently rising slope towards a gully, which eventually becomes steeper nearer the top, emerging at G7200 4610 (Point C). If heading for Benbulbin, turn right and proceed on a SWW directionfor about 2km, following the steep slope on your right, then turnNW at point G 7000 4530 (Point D) again keeping the steep cliff on your right. The final 1.5 km is a long, gentle grassy slope which will take you all the way to the trig pillar. Like most mountains in this neck of the woods, the dull, falttish and almost featureless summit belies how magnificent the mountain looks from down below. It took two hours to reach the summit by this route. BTW, the entire plateau is pockmarked with deep bog holes, some of which are steeply sided and could be dangerous in mist. The one in the pic descended steeply into darkness and almost appeared bottomless!
Point B: G7090 4710 Point C: G7200 4610 Point D: G7000 4530
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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 E)) 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 E), 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 E: 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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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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