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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 484th highest place in Ireland. Benbulbin is the most westerly summit in the Dartry Mountains area.

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mart on Benbulbin, 2003
by mart  15 Aug 2003
The top is large, flattish and surrounded by sheer drops which means that in good
weather the views are exceptional and in mist the dangers are considerable. You need t
to climb away from the prow and walk along once on top. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/606/
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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 A). 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 B). 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 C). 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 D. Working around the corner, another small gorge is passed at G6950 4660 E. 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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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
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 F. 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 G. 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 H 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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mati on Benbulbin, 2007
by mati  26 Apr 2007
How to get there? 3 Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/2674/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Icing Sugar on the Ridge
 
Icing Sugar
by swoop  3 May 2011
I took this photo back in Feb, a cold day we decided to walk up NE side of Benbulbin. A steep grass bank, took forever and crampons were needed. Close to the top we were forced to decend due to heavy cloud, which dropped into the valley within minutes. The temp also dropped dramatically when the cloud cover enveloped the mountain. This photo shows the rock formation that the North side of Benbulbin is famous for. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/6335/
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MountainViews.ie Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: On the Nose - Western Edge
Barnaribbon Approach
by swoop  9 May 2011
Myself and Zocolco had a 6 hours trek yesterday of Benbulbin , starting at south side gully, normal Grid Ref = G 689 45310 digit Grid Ref = G 68937 45368 I , Latitude = 54.35596 (north), Longitude = -8.47784 (west) Latitude = 54°21'21" (north) , Longitude = 8°28'40" (west) ,Tetrad = G64X star at : 210m . Climb to summit was not difficult , and amounts to no more than a steep hill walk. We proceeded to take in the northen ridges as far as valley before Benwiskin. What surprised us was the high winds on the southwest face, incredibly strong, and strolling the edge was not an option. This also made our return journey harder , so we decided to proceed towards Kings along the North east side of montain, very steep grass bank , but walking was easy along path. Apart from high winds ,the views are amazing , and the table top is expansive.
All in all , a long but easy trekking day. Started at 4.15pm , and arrived back to car at 9.50pm , still plenty of light. Lesson for the day, clam breeze at bottom doesnt always make for same at top!! Benbulbin aka Windy City. Trackback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/402/comment/6343/
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