Benwiskin 514m mountain, Dartry Mountains Ireland at
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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
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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 520th highest place in Ireland.

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Once Inaccessible, this Beauty awaits you. .. by group   (Show all for Benwiskin) Picture about mountain Benwiskin in area Dartry Mountains, Ireland
Picture: Benwiskin from southern end of Benbulbin ridge
eflanaga on Benwiskin, 2006
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 (G719479 D) 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. Trackback:
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The dramatic profile of Benwisken seems to have b .. by gerrym   (Show all for Benwiskin)
A lovely access to Benwiskin is to climb Benbulbe .. by SeanC   (Show all for Benwiskin)
I followed eflanaga's route taking in Benbulbin, .. by wicklore   (Show all for Benwiskin)
I have driven up in the glen there to see that fa .. by tplague   (Show all for Benwiskin)
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