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

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Benbulbin 05-09-2005, Ordnance Survey Map Discove .. by tiktiktik3   (Show all for Benbulbin)
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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 E) 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). Trackback:
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