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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 Connacht Province, 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: -8.474211, Latitude: 54.364892 , Easting: 169226, Northing: 346352 Prominence: 61m,  Isolation: 1.2km,   Has trig pillar
ITM: 569181 846352,   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 484th highest place 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
 
Remarkable mountain, watch out for access.
Short Summary created by Peter Walker, simon3, wicklore  18 Mar 2019
There have been access difficulties regarding this summit.
A simple approach to Benbulbin is to start at G684 451 A however some have found difficulties here. 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.

Another route up starts from the north side near Luke's Bridge G6983 4728 B. You may encounter barbed wire strung across the road before you reach this point. According to MI May 2015, "Despite what it may appear like, that fence is to keep sheep in, not to keep walkers out and the parking area a couple of hundred metres beyond the fence is currently the main access point for ascending Benbulbin." (It should be noted that vehicle break-ins are far from an unusual occurrence here).

Fantastic views are to be had of the nearer Dartrys, as well as across to Slieve League in Donegal. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/5161/
 
Access Problems, Wednesday 17 August 2011
by Wildcat  19 May 2015
The corrected route still starts at grid reference G684 451 A. 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 this point. From here, 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 C) 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 C, 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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/6485/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Trig Point
Geo on Benbulbin, 2009
by Geo  31 May 2009
Climbed on Tuesday 26th May 09. Followed emchugh's route from the water works road, without any difficulty and thanks to him for his excellent directions. At the end of the roadway, where it peters out before crossing the bog, the temptation is to make straight for the gully taking the stream down off the mountain ahead. From experience it might be better to aim slightly left as you cross the bog and follow the sheep farmer's Quad tracks if you want to keep your feet dry! Anyway, the bog is only a few minutes long and before you know it you'll be climbing up along the river and unable to tear your eyes form the view behind, which only gets better as you climb. If its a good day like we had, you'll kick yourself if you don't have a camera. The views of the cliffs, the sea, the South Donegal coast, all magnificent. When up on the plateau, we turned right and followed our noses up and over the little hill, then along a grassy pasture and further onto the trig point of Benbulbin, a trig point partially obscured by peat hags and not easy to see in mist I'll bet. From here we ventured further out to the "nose" of the massif at Theebaun as it's called on the 1:50,000 OSI at G 68304 46215 D. The panorama here will not disappoint, I can assure you of that, unless you have had your emotions surgically removed! We had lunch on a cliff edge rock and then returned to the trig point, where we decided to go on to King's Mountain. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/3787/
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Picture: Eastern slope of Benbulbin
 
eflanaga on Benbulbin, 2006
by eflanaga  15 Mar 2006
Benbulbin (Climbed Sunday 13th) Started walk at G684451 A 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). Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/2228/
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Picture: Dawn behind Benbulbin.
simon3 on Benbulbin, 2009
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. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/4304/
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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 E. 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 F. 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 G 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! Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/15255/
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