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Benbulbin Mountain Binn Ghulbain A name in Irish
also Benbulben an extra name in English
(Ir. Binn Ghulbain [GE], 'Gulban’s peak' or 'jaw-shaped peak') Sligo County, in Arderin List, Dark fine-grained cherty limestone Bedrock

Height: 526m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 16 Grid Reference: G69226 46352 This summit has been logged as climbed by 287 members. Recently by: ColinCallanan, sharonporter, Brambler, bryanmccabe, johncromie, guestuser, jasonmc, davsheen, PeakPaul, melohara, maryt, conormcbandon, amgall, IainT, Lauranna
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Longitude: -8.474196, Latitude: 54.364901 , Easting: 169226, Northing: 346352 Prominence: 61m,   Isolation: 1.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 569182 846353,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnblbn, 10 char: Benbulbin
Bedrock type: Dark fine-grained cherty limestone, (Dartry Limestone Formation)

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 485th highest summit in Ireland. Benbulbin is the most westerly summit in the Dartry Mountains area.

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The top is large, flattish and surrounded by shee .. by mart   (Show all for Benbulbin)
 
Approach from the north. .. by Colin Murphy   (Show all for Benbulbin)
 
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Current access points for Ben Bulben.
by sligobay  6 Apr 2012
Currently the easiest way to access Ben Bulben is via the bog road from a spot known as Luke's Bridge (G6980 4730 D). Park at the lay-by and follow the road up and into the bog. Make for the end of the valley to a small stream (G7050 4570 E). Keep to the right of the valley as the centre is very wet underfoot. Once the stream is reached, simply follow it up while bearing right until the slope starts to flatten out. From there it is an easy hike to the trig point and out to the head. From Luke's Bridge to the stream is roughly a mile.
An alternative route is to start at the Coillte walk at Gortarowey (G6785 4650 F). Walk in the Coillte trail to the 'corner' of the mountain and start working your way up past the large gorge (it has been described as an ancient quarry) at G6920 4665 G. Working around the corner, another small gorge is passed at G6950 4660 H. Carrying on past this small gorge, the ascent to the summit is possible, although quite steep in parts. As far as I know, there are no access issues from either of these spots, although the first walk-in from Luke's Bridge is probably the best route to take.
Hope this helps any of you who have been wondering about access problems over recent years when it comes to hiking our iconic mountain here in Sligo! Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/6737/
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