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
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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 483rd highest place in Ireland. Benbulbin is the most westerly summit in the Dartry Mountains area.

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donieg on the summit, 2008
by donieg  Wed 22 May
Thursday 29.05.2008 a beautifull sunny day I decided to take on the three peaks challenge of Benbulbin followed by Benwiskin and finally Slievemore. I found 'eflanaga' comment of 15.03.06 helpfull and started my climb from the same track as described in his comment. Found the steep climb to the summit of Benbulbin tough as it starts immediately - no gentle warming up time, its straight up after going through the metal gate at the end of the track. There were a half dozen other people climbing as I went up, reached the trig pillar, fabulous view on this clear sunny day out towards the coast. After taking a few photos, I headed off towards Benwiskin which could be seen clearly, kept a healthy distance from the steep cliffs on my left, trekked across mostly boggy ground, dry after the recent good weather, was pleased to spot some grouse droppings on my way, this native bird which is under pressure for survival in Ireland still obviously has a tentative foothold in these parts. Enjoyed the long walk around to Benwiskin, no access problems going this route. On reaching the summit at Benwiskin G72337 49104 C I had some well deserved lunch. Spotted one sign on a barbed wire fence here stating - ' Private-Keep out ' . The views of the Donegal coast were spectacular from Benwiskin. Headed off towards Slievemore and on my way came across the Celtic cross at G72255 47218 D. The spectacular Gleniff valley on my left was clearly visable as I negotiated my way over to Slievemore. On reaching the summit of Slievemore (un-marked as far as I could make out) I took a reading at G 72522 46559 E from which vantage point one gets a fantastic view down into Gleniff valley. Was standing on this prominent point when I suddenly heard the sound of two quads and spotted them comming up the valley at speed with two persons each on board. Bearing in mind the reports featured on this site about the infamous Mr Bull who does not appreciate visitors I decided to make myself scarce and took off with renewed vigour towards the distant Benbulbin, keeping a watchfull glance to my rear every now and again. I had crossed a fence on the approach to Slievemore so was unsure if I was on Mr Bull's stomping ground. After about twenty minutes at full pace heading towards Benbulbin I spotted the two quads stopped on Slievemore and the occupants watching my hasty retreat. Its amazing how the fatigue can leave one's legs at a time like this, having walked approximately 14K at this stage and peaked Benbulbin, Benwiskin & Slievemore I fairly flew across the marshy ground in my haste to put as much distance as I could between us. Arrived back in one piece to my vehicle having really enjoyed the trip, its a pity one 's enjoyment is spoiled a bit by the apprehension surrounding the formentioned gentleman. Trackback:
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