Benbulbin 526m mountain, Dartry Mountains Ireland at
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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
Place visited by 325 members. Recently by: Grumbler, nupat, ilenia, eieio, magnumpig, seanmeehan, Cathal-Kelly, Peter Walker, finkey86, denisdeasy, gernee, EugeneHendrick, BogRunner1, arderincorbett, Atlanticstar
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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 482nd highest place in Ireland. Benbulbin is the most westerly summit in the Dartry Mountains area.

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Remarkable mountain, watch out for access. .. by group   (Show all for Benbulbin)
Access Problems, Wednesday 17 August 2011 .. by Wildcat   (Show all for Benbulbin)
Benbulbin (Climbed Sunday 13th) Started walk at G .. by eflanaga   (Show all for Benbulbin)
Taken some 20 minutes after dawn, Benbulbin's dis .. by simon3   (Show all for Benbulbin)
If you follow emchugh's route you may have missed .. by tightropetom   (Show all for Benbulbin) Picture about mountain Benbulbin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
tiktiktik3 on Benbulbin, 2005
by tiktiktik3  24 Sep 2005
Benbulbin 05-09-2005, Ordnance Survey Map Discovery Serie’s 16 -
We followed the route Emchugh recommended and first, I must say thanks to him here for his accurate detailed info. We waited for a clear day and on that particular morning, from Skreen, close to Donegal Town where we rented us a self catering cottage, for the first time I noticed Benbulbin outlined on the horizon from the kitchen window, and a few hours later as we drove up we where happy to see that the mountain was completely visible, no clouds or fog hiding its top away as it was the previous days when we checked up on him. Emshugh route is an easy way up (almost too easy after Binmore-Groaghgorm a few days before), you just follow the stream upwards (thats the only climbing part) until you get to its well, and then onwards on a grassy slope upwards towards a beautiful huge plateau (like a meadow in the sky, goats included)… A point of interest here, if you keep sideways on the left towards Ben Bulbin instead of going completely up the slope directly, then you will find a nice little cave you might like to explore… after doing so I went into the meadow and headed straightforward towards the cliff face of Bulbin… We had fantastic views of Slieve League, over Drumcliff Bay and Sligo Harbour up to Knocknarea (even queen Meave’s cairn was visible) and the Ox mountains to highlight a few points of interest. High clouds drifting by made for an ever color changing pattern on the slopes of BenWiskin across the valley… Wish I could include more than one picture, but as most folk share view pictures, I will limit myself to using a detail picture… As with everything, beauty is sometimes in the small things around you… So here’s what gives Benbulbin his typical look when you see him frontal from the N56… By its easiness and the grand view rewards, this is definably the mountain to climb if you are unsure but want to give hill walking a try (or by lack of more time)… It all depends on how long you linger above, but starting out from the place Emchugh recommends to leave your car, to the top and back it’s a under 4 hour walk on a bright sunny afternoon … Highly recommended… Linkback:
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