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Dartry Mountains Area , NW: Benbulbin Subarea
Feature count in area: 32, by county: Leitrim: 22, Sligo: 11, of which 1 is in both Sligo and Leitrim, OSI/LPS Maps: 16, 17, 25, 26
Highest Place: Truskmore 647m

Starting Places (22) in area Dartry Mountains:
Aghavoghil Middle, Arroo Trail CP, Ballaghnatrillick, Ballintrillick Forest, Barrs East, Castletown, Crumpaun, Curraghan Road, Dough Mountain NW, Dough Mountain West, Drumcliff River Road, Eagles Rock, Edenbaun, Glencar Waterfall, Gleniff Horseshoe Road, Lough Cloonaquin North, Luke's Bridge, Mountain Wood, Poulveha River, Thur East, Tormore Car Park, Truskmore Transmitter Entrance

Summits & other features in area Dartry Mountains:
N: Truskmore: Gortnagarn 445m, Tievebaun 611m, Truskmore 647m, Truskmore SE Cairn 631m
NE: Arroo Keeloges: Aganny Top 482m, Aghalateeve 432m, Agow Top 423m, Arroo Mountain 523m, Conwal North 421m, Crocknagapple 372m, Keeloges 452m
NW: Benbulbin: Annacoona Top 597m, Benbulbin 526m, Benbulbin South-East Top 505m, Benwiskin 514m, Benwiskin South Top 508m, Kings Mountain 462m
SE: Manorhamilton Hills: Ballaghnabehy Top 413m, Benbo 415m, Dough Mountain 462m, Lackagh Mountain 449m, Larkfield 305m, Naweeloge Top 441m, Thur Mountain 442m
SW: Castlegal Hills: Copes Mountain 452m, Crockauns 463m, Hangmans Hill 400m, Keelogyboy Mountain 438m, Keelogyboy Mountain Far East Top 418m, Keelogyboy Mountain NE Top 435m, Keelogyboy Mountain SW Top 417m, Leean Mountain 417m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Benwiskin, 514m Mountain Binn Mhiosgáin A name in Irish,
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'peak of the haystack', Sligo County in Connacht province, in Arderin Lists, Benwiskin is the 524th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference G72344 49116, OS 1:50k mapsheet 16
Place visited by: 190 members, recently by: farmerjoe1, wintersmick, eimirmaguire, ToughSoles, Overarroo, Carolineswalsh, FoxyxxxLoxy, PrzemekPanczyk, johncusack, a3642278, farmerjoe, Wes, andalucia, Cecil1976, abeach
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -8.42658, Latitude: 54.3899, Easting: 172344, Northing: 349116, Prominence: 39m,  Isolation: 1.3km
ITM: 572293 849115
Bedrock type: Dark fine-grained cherty limestone, (Dartry Limestone Formation)
Notes on name: This peak is remarkable for its wave-like profile when seen from near Ballintrillick. However, it is probably its resemblance to a leaning haystack which accounts for its name. Ir. miosgán is cognate with Welsh misgawn/meisgawn, which has this meaning.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnwskn, 10 char: Benwiskin

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Summary for Benwiskin (Binn Mhiosgáin): Once Inaccessible, this Beauty awaits you. (SEE NOTE)
Summary created by Peter Walker, CaptainVertigo 2020-10-12 14:01:38
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With its stunning profile, often likened to a breaking wave, this gem of a mountain lies at the northern end of a lengthy broad topped ridge forming one leg of the Gleniff horseshoe. Views from the summit are spectacular. Long a hotbed of anti-walker sentiment, Gleniff, encouraged by Minister O'Cuiv, now permits strictly limited access to Benwiskin through a partly felled forest on its eastern slopes. Park at the forest entrance Bl'trillick (G736 488). Follow track c 1.5km (taking left at forks) to turning bay at A (G726 482). Head broadly South along stream/firebreak to B (G725 478),and, emerging from the trees, turn West and up the VERY steep grassy slope of the ridge towards Spot Height 508 along an old fence, turning North before the fence ends. Utmost caution required on this section. Then walk the broad ridge to the summit taking in superb views of the ocean (and across to Donegal) West and North, and into Gleniff valley to the East. On the return journey view all the northern Dartry cliffs before retracing your route to the CarPark, or, continue South to Slievemore at the head of the valley. Be warned...getting down from the ridge to the forest will require great care. Wet conditions will make the grass very slippy. Don't be tempted to take a short cut directly from the summit to the Car Park. It looks easy but the slope steepens and there are cliff like drops near the forest. Furthermore, the tempting land to the North of the forest is "out of bounds" (Map O.S 16)

Access note (as of October 2020): the recent issue with accessing Benwisken from Gleniff as per the route described now seems to be resolved. Regardless, please exercise common sense in this area: in particular, the presence of dogs (whether on or off lead) is emphatically not welcomed by the farmer.
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            MountainViews.ie picture about Benwiskin (<em>Binn Mhiosgáin</em>)
Picture: Benwiskin from southern end of Benbulbin ridge
eflanaga on Benwiskin
by eflanaga 15 Mar 2006
(Climbed Sunday 13th March) After leaving Benbulbin summit (See for first part of walk) I followed a bearing of 134 degrees SE, ensuring I steered well clear of the cliff edge, for 2k then switched to a bearing of 62 degrees NE for a further 1.7k which lined me up for a 2.4k walk to Spot Height 508m (C (G719 479)) which marks the start of Benwiskin’s ridge. It’s a further 1.4K to its summit. Poor visibility (sometimes dropping to around 10 metres) rain and biting wind persisted right up until I neared the Spot Height. After such a long trudge with nothing to see but peat hags I was feeling somewhat miserable and sorry for myself until suddenly the mist cleared before me revealing Benwiskin and the Sligo coast in all its glory. Fantastic views even on a murky day. The walk across the ridge to the summit is quite pleasant, slightly marshy at times and one or two peat trenches to negotiate, but otherwise no access problems or warning signs to be seen. The ridge plummets to your right down into the beautiful u-shaped Gleniff valley. There are fence posts right along the length of the ridge but there is no wire attached to these until you near the summit. Approaching the summit from this direction means the mountain’s distinct and aesthetic profile as portrayed by other contributor’s pictures (below) is much less obvious. The summit itself is unremarkable with the fence being the only man made feature. However, the views from the top are extraordinary, even on a day when the Donegal coast across the bay was not clearly visible. I decided to take a fairly leisurely lunch here as the bitter coldness of the wind had abated a little. A hot drink, a sandwich and some fruit later all was relatively well in my hillwalking world and I was ready to face my third target – Slievemore. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/2229/
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Picture: benwisken to Donegal Bay
gerrym on Benwiskin
by gerrym 27 Jul 2008
The dramatic profile of Benwisken seems to have been overshadowed by the difficulties over access. These difficulties where very much in mind when planning a visit to the the plateau, from which Benwisken extends northward. I approached from Glencar - taking the opportunity to walk along the line of hills and cliffs to Kings Mtn and Benbulben on the way. A late start necessitated an overnight camp which happened to be at the head of Glendarragh (D (G708 456))between Benbulben and Benwisken (where the pic was taken - fairly late in the evening)

Come light i continued to circle around Glendarragh, enjoying a brief encounter with two playful fox cubs. Despite the sunlight in the valley below mist was racing over the high ground, coming up from the Glencar side. I climbed up to the prominent point on the Gleniff side (E (G725 469)) which is a subsidiary summit of Slievemore. This gave views steeply down into the valley from nearly 600m through the mist. The long ridge stretching out to Benwisken was well laid out from here, with Donegal Bay and the hills of Donegal providing the backdrop. There is a drop along the cliff edge and a slight rise to pt. 508m, then an easy stroll along the broad ridge itself. Pass an area of peat hags, pools of water and follow a vechile track through the grass beside a line of old bleached fence posts. This walk is a joy with views to Benbulben to the west and Truskmore and Tievebaun to the east. The last bit of the hill (beyond the top) is fenced (with a pile of new posts and wire waiting to be erected). The fence can be followed to the edge for cracking views over the lowland below, across Donegal Bay and to most of the hills of the county, with the Bluestacks to the fore along with a cloud capped Slieve League and i am certain the Sperrin mtns. To the S i had Mayo in vision out towards Belmullet.

I did see a quad bike in the valley below on the return leg but as i did not cross any fences i feel there was no need to worry about trespassing. A long trek out and back but worth it for the views. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/3248/
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SeanC on Benwiskin
by SeanC 5 Mar 2006
A lovely access to Benwiskin is to climb Benbulben from the Grange side and to walk across the mountain top (fairly flat) straight over to Benwiskin. The climb up Ben Bulben takes about 1 hour and the walk across to the summit of Benwiskin about 1.5 hours. On a clear day (and one should be careful as the mist descends very quickly and frequently) the views in every direction are spectacular.

As one nears the summit of Benwiskin, there is fencing on one side (Mr Bull's I presume) but the summit is fully accessible and thankfully the no trespassing sign which greeted me the first time I did this climb (about 1 year ago) is gone.

On the way down, one can actually descend Benwiskin (away from the Bull McCabe side which is in the Gleniff horseshoe) into the shadow of Benbulben. Small roads lead back to the main road after another hour or so. The views of Benbulben are very special as one walks around the mountain. If posssible, having two cars will avoid the need to walk along the main road back to your car. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/2217/
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tplague on Benwiskin
by tplague 13 Mar 2006
I have driven up in the glen there to see that famous Ben Wiskin view, and I told myself I will walk up that edge some time. Is there really no possibility of requesting permission from the aforementioned "Bull". I'm always appalled when someone "owns" a special mountain, and can block all access. I certainly understand one not wanting a place trashed however. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/2216/
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brenno on Benwiskin
by brenno 23 May 2008
As somebody who made the unwelcome acquaintance of The Bull more than 10 years ago, I've still managed to climb Benwiskin - and it's feasible as long as you don't start from the Gleniff valley. My last route was un Ben Bulbin through Kings Gully and then follow the ridge over to Benwiskin. It6's a gorgeous walk - only downside is yopu have to retrace your steps if you want to avoid descending to Gleniff and take the chances of an enconter with the Bull. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/3122/
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