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Inishowen Area , NW: Urris Subarea
Feature count in area: 27, by county: Donegal: 27, Derry: 1, of which 1 is in both Derry and Donegal, OSI/LPS Maps: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Highest Place: Slieve Snaght 614.6m

Starting Places (43) in area Inishowen:
Adderville Upper, Barnes Bend, Bunacrick, Butlers Bridge, Carnaghan Presbyterian Church, Castruse Upper, Craignacoolagh, Craignamuck, Croaghglengad West, Crockavishane South, Diarmuid and Gráinne's Bed, Doherty's Dún, Dunree Bay Carpark, EEl Hole, Effishmore Upper, Evishbreedy Bridge, Five Fingers Strand, Gap of Mamore Grotto, Gap of Mamore Road, Gap of Mamore Viewpoint, Glack, Glasmullan, Golan Bridge Track, Goorey Hill, Grania's Gap, Gransha Árd, Green Hill, Leamacrossan Hill East, Lisfannon Beach, Lough Shivnagh, Lough Turk North, Magilligan Point View, Meenabroagh, Meenyollan River, Moor House, Mullagh, Pincher's Corner, Rashenny, Roosky Upper, Rowantree Hill, St Michael's Church, Stroove Beach, Tullagh Beach

Summits & other features in area Inishowen:
Cen: Slieve Snaght: Damph 420m, Slieve Main 514m, Slieve Snaght 614.6m
N: Malin: Croaghglengad 259m, Crockalough 282m, Soldiers hill 174m
NE: North East Inishowen: Crockavishane 322m, Crocknasmug 327.5m, Grinlieve 371m
NW: Urris: Binnion 250m, Bulbin 494m, Coolcross Hill 291m, Croaghcarragh 400m, Crockmain 460m, Dunaff Hill 230m, Mamore Hill 423m, Raghtin More 502m, Slievekeeragh 389m, Urris Hills 417m
S: Iskaheen: Crockglass 397m, Eskaheen Mountain 418m, Greenan Mountain 241m, Holywell Hill 260m, Inch Top 222m, Leamacrossan Hill 392m, Mouldy Hill 312m, Scalp Mountain 484m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Bulbin, 494m Hill An Bholbain A name in Irish,
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Ir. An Bholbain [], meaning uncertain, Donegal County in Ulster province, in Carn Lists, Bulbin is the 589th highest place in Ireland.
Grid Reference C35700 42200, OS 1:50k mapsheet 3
Place visited by: 48 members, recently by: ChrisC, Meenat, Colin Murphy, sharonporter, eamonoc, Fergalh, madfrankie, scottwalker, marcellawalking, twilawalking, gerwalking, scapania, Hilltop-Harrier, sperrinlad, Apple
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Longitude: -7.439798, Latitude: 55.225524, Easting: 235700, Northing: 442200, Prominence: 299m,  Isolation: 2.3km
ITM: 635641 942179
Bedrock type: Banded semi-pelitic & psammitic schist, (Termon Formation)
Notes on name: The element bolbain also occurs in the names of two townlands in Inishowen, Bulbinmore (Bolbain Mhór) and Bulbinbeg (Bolbain Bheag), but the meaning of this element is unclear. An alternative Irish form, Cnoc Bulaba, is given by Charles McGlinchey in An Fear Deireanach den tSloinneadh / The Last of the Name.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: Bulbin, 10 char: Bulbin

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Summary for Bulbin (An Bholbain): Relatively easy bag from the south
Summary created by Colin Murphy 2022-04-15 10:01:46
   picture about Bulbin (<em>An Bholbain</em>)
Picture: Summit monument
It is possible to drive up to Meenbro (C360 410) where there is parking for a couple of cars. (On the way up this minor road there is a makeshift 'gate', which is essentially a moveable wire fence dragged across the road - be sure to replace it after you drive through.) Follow the track west for about 150m and then turn north across open hillside, keeping to the right of the stream. You will see a gate at roughly A (C358 414), and where you can cross the stream. Go over gate and ascend on to the broad ridge running NE toward the top. Continue NE for about 1km to reach the summit, which is marked by a sizeable monument commemorating the Eucharistic Congress in the 1930s. Fine views all around. Time up and down, 1.5 hrs.
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Picture: Admiring the view W to the Urris Hills from the top of Bulbin
Harry Goodman on Bulbin
by Harry Goodman 15 Oct 2009
Some time back when I was walking the ridge of hills from Raghtin Beg to Urris, in addition to the views across to Slieve Snaght (my objective for the next day), I became very much aware of the nearer neighbours of Dunaff Hill (Head) and Bulbin. Previously I had only seen Bulbin and its sharp peak from afar but now it was across the valley just waiting to be climbed. Although it took some time to get around to it I eventually made it back to Inishowen. I started my walk at B (C358 435) (Addeville), a narrow country road, and walked SW. The road curved around to the SW side of the hill. At approximately Effish Up (C349 423), where a stream comes down the hillside I headed SE up the slope to the ridge and then turned left up to the summit at 494m. The top has a memorial already photographed and commented upon by gerrym, and there is also a small tarn. There are fine views W from Raghtin More to the Gap of Mamore and the Urris ridge beyond, while to the SE is the bulk of Slieve Snaght, the highest mountain in Inishowen. From the top I descended NE around the cliffs to my left and once past them NNW to a gate and my starting point. Walking time was about 1hr 45mins. I combined this walk with with a walk over nearby Dunaff Hill. Linkback:
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Picture: Bulbin, as seen from the Urris Hills
A beautiful summit worth the quick ascent !!
by David-Guenot 6 Dec 2013
It was around 3 pm on 09.November 2013, the last of my six-day stay on Inishowen, and I had decided to climb Bulbin before leaving the peninsula. Being short of time, I drove along the unpaved road that encircles Bulbin, S of Adderville. The rocky road is passable, though a 4WD would be more advisable. The road is closed by a gate at around Effish Up (C348 424) and there is enough space for one or two cars alongside the road. By the time I got there, it started hailing, so I waited for two or three minutes until it stopped and then the weather cleared up a bit, so I was lucky enough to enjoy a dry walk.
Crossed the gate that leads onto open field (not the one that bars the road). There is a narrow but deep gully and a fence to the right that can be followed up to the first rocky outcrops . The fence leads to the SW end of the ridge, but I veered NE for a more direct ascent, leaving some small crags to my left, crossing a fence just above one of them, making my way underneath the summit ridge, until I decided to climb up a steep grassy slope that finally led me to the top of the ridge, about 100m S of the cross. The summit itself is a rock that lies on the edge of the western cliff (I think it is visible on Harry Goodman's picture), just a few meters from the cross. Caution required on windy days !!
To the S, the mist together with a late November afternoon sunlight trying to peer through the clouds limited the views to the windmill farm that lies on top of Beam. Malin Head, Binnion and Coolcross Hill were clearly visible to the N, while mist-covered Slieve Snaght and Slieve Main barred the horizon to the E, as did the beautiful Urris Hills-Raghtin More ridge to the W. Lough Swilly shone like a diamond, the only area bathed in sunlight. Some of the Derryveaghs were merely visible beyond.
I decided to come down the same way and came to realise how steep was the very last part of the ascent and how much more care it required to go down !! As I reached the fence I had crossed on the way up, I found out it could also be followed to reach the summit area and would probably offer both easier ascent... and descent !! Crossed the fence and walked along underneath the ridge to avoid the crags to the right until the fence that runs along the gully previously mentioned came into view, that led me right back down to the car.
All in all a pleasant walk on easy-going ground, about 1h return, including 10 minutes enjoying the rewarding views. Care would be recommended on a bad day, though, as for the crags/cliffs that stand along the ridge. The photo was taken a few days before, and shows Bulbin, as seen from the Urris Hills. The weather was great, with only a few clouds, allowing an entire rainbow to suddenly appear over Croaghcarragh !! Linkback:
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Picture: praying on high
gerrym on Bulbin
by gerrym 26 Aug 2009
Bulben was bathed in sunlight as i approached NE from Carndonagh, looking rough, ragged and airy - my fingers were itching to stop and capture the sight. Reality though was to be somewhat different.
Access was off the R238 Buncrana-Ballyliffen road (C (C378 412)) on a narrow lane climbing up beside the Clonmany river. Options for parking are very limited - there is a disused track on a bend before a cattle grid ( Glasmul (C374 408)) which holds a car easily. Follow the track uphill beside a gushing stream, double jobbing as a sheep herder on the way. Views extend west to the big hills in these here parts - Slieve Snaght and Slieve Main. Ahead the tops of wind turbines drifted gradually closer. At the crest the track forks (one heading for the turbines) and this was a cue to take to the hillside, passing the bright clay of an old pidgeon shoot, on the way to spot height of 357m (D (C365 411))

There is much evidence of man and machine with areas of roughly hewn peat. I followed the NE side of the hill, gradually gaining height - the distinctive cairn popping in and out of view. Steep grass slopes slid away to level ground below. The braod grassy going was not what i had imagined whilst stealing glances from the car earlier in the day. I was even more disappointed to find a very large area of the hill reduced to a mudpit by vechiles - this continued right to the summit itself. An absolute wasteland. Fortunately my eyes could wander further afield as the views changed - W across Lough Swilly to the sands of Ballymastocker, Knockalla ridge and Loughsalt Mtn, the line of the Antrim Hills to the E, surf breaking in Pollan By to the N, the gradual appearance of the Sperrin Hills to the SE.

The summit was reached in 1 hour and 2.5 miles. It has a large concrete cross erected to commemorate Irelands Eucharistic Congress in 1932, complete with holy water font (thats not what is in it though??). The top is quit narrow and the base of the cross takes it all up. A vicious shower had me sheltering in its lee for half an hour. Views are stunning as already mentioned - Derryveaghs, Bluestacks, Sperrins, Antrim Hills, Scottish Isles, Malin Head, Raghtin More and Urris Hills across the valley belowand a large portion of Lough Swilly. The biblical darkness of swirling cloud passed to bring cool sunshine and a strong wind more reminisant of autumn than August.

I dropped down to pick up the track which skirts the south of the hill and followed this straight back to the car. Two hours and nearly 5 miles in all. A wonderful looking hill from any distance, up close the blemishes are all too apparent and it becomes clear that this is a hill in need of some loving care to nurse it back to full health. Linkback:
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vikinghar on Bulbin
by vikinghar 6 Sep 2009
Climbed Bulbin, or as the locals call it Bulaba, last Sunday in August and I’m absolutely gutted to see that GerryM has beaten me to it with his comments, but that’s my own fault and he’s welcome to the first comment. The route I took was much easier accessed than that of GerryM; I parked my car on the North West side of the mountain at a holiday cottage, point Addv Up (C355 433). From there I walked the road to the south and followed the rough bog track until I reached the bottom of the ridge that runs straight to the top. I left the track at point E (C352 414) and headed straight as possible for the summit, and returning by the same route. The dangers to look out for, as with any mountain, are the steep cliffs to the left of this suggested route on the way up and the disorientating affects of mist. I climbed Bulaba on a clear day earlier in the summer and the views were fantastic, but this time it was raining and misty. On the way down I was very conscious of the cliffs, which would have been to my right, and as a consequence I went too far to the left and ended up on the ridge heading South West. I eventually reached the main Buncrana - Clonmany road at Meenaduff, where a kindly local gave me a lift back to my car. Having said this, Bulaba is worth the climb on a clear day and my route will facilitate good parking and groups of walkers of various abilities. Next time I will not leave my Garmin at home, and I am reminded of the saying that; “Experience is no substitute for clairvoyance”! Linkback:
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Picture: View North from Bulbin
A fine spring Bulb in Donegal
by eamonoc 7 Mar 2022
was in Donegal for a few days, headed up north from Buncrana on the R238 turned left at F (C37912 41181), was able to drive on a well made minor road to Shiv L (C36368 40298) room to park one or maybe two at a squeeze, on a clear day Bulbin is in view to the North approx 2.5km away the cross visible from here, walked along a well made track for about 300mts and then up past some old bog cuttings onto open hillside and a fairly wet ascent up gentle slopes to the large concrete cross that sits atop Bulbin. Fine views in all directions from here Slieve Snaght dominates view Eastwards, got caught in a fairly severe snows shower that lasted for most of my descent to the start point, then the skies cleared to give stunning views all around Linkback:
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