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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
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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 482nd highest place in Ireland. Benbulbin is the most westerly summit in the Dartry Mountains area.

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Picture: The extended gate
 
Access Issues On Benbulben
by pquinn572  9 Jan 2011
I went up to climb benbulbin using the easy and common route following the stone lane beginning at G684 451 A up to fields which lead to the easy climb up alongside the gully. However when I reached the top of this lane I was met by this picture. The gate was chained with paddlocks, it was extended even taller with welded spiked metal and was around 6 foot high. I realised that whoever had gone to this amount of effert really didn't want anybody on their land. Has anyone else encountered this and does anyone know why it was put up because I climbed benbulbin using this route in 2008 and it was clear. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/6193/
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PUT OFF
by Bleck Cra  11 Jan 2011
pquinn and Benbulbin. Not being a regular visitor to these parts, I am cautious about confirming but have certainly heard rumours and also experienced that access to this hill is not the best.
A couple of years back, reasonably familiar with these rumours, I joined a Charity team walk for a day on Benbulbin, A very good bunch but ponderously slow, which I am not, so coming off I OKed it with the leader that I just let out and run off the hill ahead of them. I don’t know if you are familiar with the sensation of someone fixing you with crosshairs of a high power rifle (we’re kind of used to it in the north) but I knew that was defo going on from somewhere between me and the road. Anyway I was down and preening myself, when the team appeared simultaneously with a landowner fit to explode with rage and berated the whole lot of them. This is a man who has had a bad experience with walkers or perhaps his Mammy didn’t hug him enough. I believe he has reared his unsightly head many times after this. Eff me pquinn – you couldn’t get sixpence for a blackface ewe nowadays. If we trampled his fence down and they all got out he’d prob be better off. So …. that is my story. The hill is interesting and I enjoyed it but I shan’t be back – which means Devil Anse Hatfield and I both win. If you have crested her once and survived perhaps you should quit while you are ahead. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/6195/
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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 B). 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 C). 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 D). 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 E. Working around the corner, another small gorge is passed at G6950 4660 F. 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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/6737/
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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 G. 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 H. 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 I 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! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/15255/
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Picture: Benbulben from the south side.
 
A tough walk but well worth the view - 17th of July 2016
by Fatman1967  2 Aug 2016
My wife and I had good weather, warm with hazy sunshine & a cooling breeze. We set off from point G684 451 A A & proceeded along the track, in places overgrown with fuchsia trees. So much so we had to bend double and shuffle under the braches. We saw a stile to our left but carried on until we got to what was the end of the track to find it barred by a chained gate & no trespassing signs. We doubled back to the stile and crossed into a steeply sloping field and began heading up and towards the right and the clearly defined gully mentioned in other postings. Before we got there we could see 5 people descending a rougher less well defined gully almost straight ahead and as it was nearer, we headed that way instead. This may have been an error as I will explain later. The gully was rocky and too steep to walk in places and we had to go on hands and knees in several times. After an hour we seemed to be only half way to the top and the route switched between steep gully and steep grassy slope several times. On several occasions we felt we were nearing the top only to find the hill had another hiding behind it. Any sign of a route or path had disappeared by now and we had to walk across grass and heather strewn slopes which were intersected by ridges caused by slippage in the bog / peat layer. This meant we had to divert and even double back at times. This is why I think we should have followed the gully to the right as it seemed straighter and more direct and with less diversions to the top. It was also easier to see from above when returning. The views as you climb are stunning and we stopped often for a view & photos, or refreshments. All told we took 2 hours 45 minutes to reach the flat ground at the top. Once there, the table top nature of Benbulben is clear to see, almost featureless with only gentle slopes and sparse vegetation apart from the colourful alpine plants and heathers. Watch out for the occasional bog pools, several big ones are marked out with stakes and wire but others can appear almost out of nowhere as you traverse the heather. The views of the surrounding area are stunning and made all that effort worthwhile. As we had taken so long to reach the top we did not walk to the trig point and only spent 40 minutes at the top. We did see around a dozen other walkers on the top all seemed to be traveling from the route to the north side of the mountain. Finding our way back to our chosen route was tricky as the slope hid any tell-tale features so again I believe that walking alongside the right had gully would be better and in fact I used its location to judge where we needed to go. The descent was quicker but in places so steep it was easier to scramble down on your backside trying to avoid the many thistles and copious sheep droppings. This took us 1 hour and 40 minutes. I would recommend this walk / climb to anyone but perhaps go to the right hand gully. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/18600/
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skyehigh on Benbulbin, 2005
by skyehigh  26 Mar 2005
I have nothing useful to add about any ascent route, as I followed in the footsteps of emchugh. The visibility was so poor I did not risk a close examination of the precipices, but I was able to admire the northern scarp from below. More pics of this amazing mountain, please! Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/1594/
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