Cookies. This website uses cookies, which are small text files that the website puts on your computer to facilitate operation. Cookies help us provide a better service to you. They are used to track general user traffic information and to help the website function properly.

Click to hide this notice for 30 days.
Welcome to MountainViews
If you want to use the website often please enrol (quick and free) at top right.
Zoom: ??
For more map options click on any overview map area or any detail map feature.
Find Suggested Walks
Find hill, mountain, island, coastal feature.

Users Online:
eflanaga, fingal, learykid, muddyboots, peter1
Guests online: 200
Recent Contributions
Get Notifications

Cnoc na Peiste from Black Valley

Coumfea: Track all the way to the top

Corriebracks: Flat, undistinguished peak, sometimes useful in passing.

Cark Mountain: Spoiled by Windmills

Mournes: Bearnagh, Meelmore & Meelbeg

Culliagh SE Top: Short but Rewarding.

Spire of Lloyd: My most proximate MV location.

Mourne Seven Sevens 2021 - Clockwise

Cromaglan Mountain: Bridge restored.

Annatoran: Anna(Tora! Tora! Tora!)n

Knockalongy South-West Top: There's energy around this summit

Knockalongy: Geo on Knockalonga 2021

Conditions and Info
Use of MountainViews is governed by conditions and a privacy policy.
Read general information about the site.
Opinions in material here are not necessarily endorsed by MountainViews.
Hillwalking is a risk sport. Information in comments, walks or shared GPS tracks may not be accurate for example as regards safety or access permission. You are responsible for your safety and your permission to walk.
See the credits and list definitions.
Video display
Dartry Mountains Area   NW: Benbulbin Subarea
Rating graphic.
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
Place visited by 356 members. Recently by: Ghreallaigh, pdtempan, ElaineM76, mfunge.thehiker, rogers, NMangan, finbarr65, annem, Louise.Nolan, valerieh, Leonas_Escapades, upper, No1Grumbler, rayw, Barbaraduff
I have visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member to change this.)

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.

COMMENTS for Benbulbin (Binn Ghulbain) << Prev page 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next page >>  
Follow this place's comments Picture about mountain Benbulbin (<i>Binn Ghulbain</i>) in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Benbulbin from across Glendarrgh on Benwhisken
gerrym on Benbulbin, 2008
by gerrym  9 Aug 2008
This is a rather lengthy way to reach the top of Benbulben (8.5 miles and 4 hours)but one which should be seriously considered. A more scenic beginning, at Glencar Lough, would be hard to find and from here there is the aforementioned 8 .5 miles of walking along hills and cliffs above the beautifully crafted valley of Glencar. Park beside the lough (758437 A) and take a road up through the forest to the hilltops high above the lough. It is then a case of following the highs and lows above Glencar for 6.5 miles to the top of Kings Mountain.

This brings the first views of Benbulben and they are well worth the wait - the crumpled sheer drops and then curving green slopes bringing a strangely femine allure, sexy even. There follows a up to and along the ridge to the summit area. This was pleasant in evening sunshine, with bees busy in the heather. Views to the N soon appear - Donegal Bay, Slieve League, the Bluestacks and the Derryveaghs. The Glendarragh valley to the NE had rows of white peat bags laid out in rows like those war graves in the WW1battlefields in France, beyond the ridge of Benwhisken rose and ended abruptly like the deck of an aircraft carrier.

To be honest the summit disappoints, being bare and damp with a forlorn looking trig pillar. It is a good thing then that the views are fantastic. I could see Sligo Bay and city to the S and a line of hills from the Ox Mtns to Nephin, the Nephin Begs and Slieve More and Croaghaun on Achill. Out W the whole Atlantic was before me, with the late sunshine pushing shards of light towards land. Across Donegal Bay a large trawler was lit up like a proverbial Christmas tree just off Killybegs harbour.
A cracking hill to look at and a cracking hill to look from (we'll just not mention the unspectacular top). Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
Geronimo on Benbulbin, 2009
by Geronimo  8 Oct 2009
The Sligo Champion of September 22nd 2009 reports a stand-off between landowner Bull McSharry and wlakers on Benbulben has been resolved. I am sure walkers will give a huge sigh of relief after 17 years of confrontation. What a shame it's not Spring. Geronimo. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Benbulbin (<i>Binn Ghulbain</i>) in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
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 B 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. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
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. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Benbulbin (<i>Binn Ghulbain</i>) in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
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 B 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. Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average Picture about mountain Benbulbin (<i>Binn Ghulbain</i>) in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
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! Linkback:
Your Score: Very useful <<  >>Average
COMMENTS for Benbulbin (Binn Ghulbain) << Prev page 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next page >>
(End of comment section for Benbulbin (Binn Ghulbain).)

OSi logo OSNI/LPS logo
Some mapping:
Open Street Map
(Various variations used.)
British summit data courtesy:
Database of British & Irish Hills
(Creative Commons Licence), a Hill-walking Website for the island of Ireland. 2100 Summiteers, 1400 Contributors, Monthly Newsletter since 2007