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Dartry Mountains Area   NW: Benbulbin Subarea
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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 489th highest place in Ireland. Benbulbin is the most westerly summit in the Dartry Mountains area.

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This is a rather lengthy way to reach the top of .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benbulbin (Binn Ghulbain))
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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 starB 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:
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