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Benwiskin Mountain Binn Mhiosgáin A name in Irish
'peak of the haystack' Sligo County, in Arderin List, Dark fine-grained cherty limestone Bedrock

Height: 514m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 16 Grid Reference: G72344 49116
Place visited by 159 members. Recently by: Haulie, doogleman, LorraineG60, MichaelG55, Aciddrinker, Grumbler, ilenia, seanmeehan, denisdeasy, jlk, arderincorbett, Atlanticstar, eamonoc, magnumpig, Jimmy600leavey
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Longitude: -8.42658, Latitude: 54.3899 , Easting: 172344, Northing: 349116 Prominence: 39m,  Isolation: 1.3km
ITM: 572293 849115,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bnwskn, 10 char: Benwiskin
Bedrock type: Dark fine-grained cherty limestone, (Dartry Limestone Formation)

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.   Benwiskin is the 491st highest place in Ireland.

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brenno on Benwiskin, 2008
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: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/3122/
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pquinn572 on Benwiskin, 2008
by pquinn572  16 Jun 2008
Benwiskin seems to have serious access problems at the minute. I went down to climb it 3 weeks ago when I was confronted with a series of ‘Private Property’ and ‘Trespassers will be Prosecuted’ signs so I decided not to go up. It was only this week when I was reading Paul Clements’s ‘The Height of Nonsense’ that I found out about the ‘Bull’ and I tell ya, I was glad I didn’t go up. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/3120/
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murphysw on Benwiskin, 2007
by murphysw  3 Jun 2007
Another eye candy shot of the unfortunately inaccessible Benwiskin taken from G738503 A Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/2724/
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Pleasant route from Glendarragh
by Wildcat  14 Feb 2013
Drive along a series of side roads from Grange and find your way past the waterworks to Glendarragh, the glen between Benbulbin and Benwiskin. There's a large parking area beside Luke's Bridge (grid ref 698473 B). Just beyond the bridge, take the left fork and follow the surfaced road eastwards (towards Benwiskin) as far as grid ref 707472 C, where the road crosses the stream by bridge. A gravel track on the left continues towards the base of the hill. Follow this until it does a right-angle bend southwards where you should leave the track and cross tussocky and rather wet ground (still heading east). At 290m, the gradient becomes steeper and the ground improves. Go directly uphill. There's a fence on the left but it bears left across the hillside so there's no need to cross it. The steeper section eases above 440m and a pleasant walk leads up to the 508m top (grid ref 719479 D), with great views all around. There are some interesting holes in the ground (dolines) near the col south of the 508m top. The route to Benwiskin is clear and easy, with occasional sections of path - just head northwards along the broad ridge, with peat hags generally easily avoided. You'll pass a lovely little pond by the cliff edge (grid ref 721486 E) then there's the final rise to the summit (514m, grid ref 724491 F), with a fence on the right. To appreciate the extraordinary northwestern cliffs would require crossing a fence easily and continuing northwards to grid ref 725493 G. Although there were no 'keep out' signs (2 February 2013), this land may be part of Bull McSharry's farm! It may be best to view the cliffs from a distance! From the summit, return to Luke's Bridge by the same route. Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/14923/
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Last Digit on Northern face
by swoop  9 May 2011
This was taken 08/05/11 at 6pm approx , from the last knuckle ridge / digit on northern face of Benbulbin looking over the valley along Slieve Mor , at Benwiskin . Truskmore is on right of shot, and Tievebaun was visible from here also. Pic shot from - normal Grid Ref = G 692 466 H
10 digit Grid Ref = G 69247 46638 I , Latitude = 54.36738 (north) , Longitude = -8.47321 (west)
Latitude = 54°22'3" (north) , Longitude = 8°28'24" (west) ,Tetrad = G64Y ,Altitude = 454 metres Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/6345/
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Dan on Benwiskin, 2004
by Dan  24 Sep 2004
Its advisable to give this one a miss!! This is the "Bull" McSharry's hill. As a Sligo person myself, I've heard all the stories and for your own personal safety or if you value your car in its present condition, my advise is to keep away. If you really must climb this mountain, the best way would be to come along the ridge from Slievemore and hope "The Bull" doesn't spot you. I don't particularly want to spark a political debate here, because I know this is not what this site is about, but in case you think the access issue is just down to fear of compensation claims, its not always the case. This guy has ranted about it having something to do with Cromwell, 1916, etc.!! Time to move on buddy..... Linkback: https://mountainviews.ie/summit/425/comment/1193/
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