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Benwiskin Mountain Binn Mhiosgáin A name in Irish
'peak of the haystack' Sligo County, in Arderin List, Dark fine-grained cherty limestone Bedrock

Height: 514m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 16 Grid Reference: G72344 49116
Place visited by 140 members. Recently by: NICKY, AntrimRambler, Peter Walker, 40Shades, bryanmccabe, davsheen, PeakPaul, conormcbandon, IainT, Lauranna, Iamcan, Niamhq, bryanjbarry, scapania, Cobhclimber
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Longitude: -8.42658, Latitude: 54.3899 , Easting: 172344, Northing: 349116 Prominence: 39m,  Isolation: 1.3km
ITM: 572293 849115,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnwskn, 10 char: Benwiskin
Bedrock type: Dark fine-grained cherty limestone, (Dartry Limestone Formation)

This peak is remarkable for its wave-like profile when seen from near Ballintrillick. However, it is probably its resemblance to a leaning haystack which accounts for its name. Ir. miosgán is cognate with Welsh misgawn/meisgawn, which has this meaning.   Benwiskin is the 523rd highest place in Ireland.

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Once Inaccessible, this Beauty awaits you. .. by group   (Show all for Benwiskin)
 
(Climbed Sunday 13th March) After leaving Benbulb .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Benwiskin)
 
The dramatic profile of Benwisken seems to have b .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benwiskin)
 
A lovely access to Benwiskin is to climb Benbulbe .. by SeanC   (Show all for Benwiskin)
 
MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benwiskin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Looking north from Slievemore to Benwiskin, Gleniff valley to the right
 
wicklore on Benwiskin, 2009
by wicklore  13 Sep 2009
I followed eflanaga's route taking in Benbulbin, Benwiskin and Slievemore. It was a long hike and I measured it at about 20 kms return. After chatting to a family on Benbulbin for a few minutes I didn't see another person for the rest of the day. The walk to Benwiskin is long and hard, with rough ground and a lack of a path. I was tired when I reached Benwiskin, and there was still the return journey!

The views were stunning, especially along the cliffs from Slievemore to Benwiskin. I was quite alert for angry farmers as I neared Benwiskin, but I never met a soul. The summit of Benwiskin still has the unused spars and rolled up fencing referred to by gerrym a year ago.

Something that struck me was the hundreds of holes across the bog all along the route. It is like the ground collapsed, leaving behind holes everywhere. Many of them are only a few feet deep but quite a few are 10 feet or deeper. Most have gradual slopes, but more than a few were steep and dangerous looking. One at G726 463 G was about 20 feet deep with steep sides. Be warned!

Benwiskin was a thrill to have accomplished, both because of the long route to get there, and the sense of urgency to avoid angry landowners. It is interesting to note that at no point along this route is there any signs or other notice that this is private property. Therefore I'm not even sure if the route from Benbulbin crosses any disputed access areas. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/4089/
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I have driven up in the glen there to see that fa .. by tplague   (Show all for Benwiskin)
 
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