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Bulbin Hill Cnoc Bulaba A name in Irish
(Ir. Cnoc Bulaba ['An Fear Deireanach den tSloinneadh' / 'The Last of
the Name', Charles McGlinchey], 'hill' + unknown element)
Donegal County in Ulster Province, in Carn List, Banded semi-pelitic & psammitic schist Bedrock

Height: 494m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 3 Grid Reference: C35700 42200
Place visited by 43 members. Recently by: Fergalh, madfrankie, scottwalker, marcellawalking, twilawalking, gerwalking, scapania, Hilltop-Harrier, sperrinlad, Apple, simon3, MichaelE, jimbloomer, chalky, Wilderness
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Longitude: -7.439798, Latitude: 55.225524 , Easting: 235700, Northing: 442200 Prominence: 299m,  Isolation: 2.3km
ITM: 635641 942179,   GPS IDs, 6 char: Bulbin, 10 char: Bulbin
Bedrock type: Banded semi-pelitic & psammitic schist, (Termon Formation)

Bulbin is the 586th highest place in Ireland.

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A beautiful summit worth the quick ascent !! .. by David-Guenot   (Show all for Bulbin)
Some time back when I was walking the ridge of hi .. by Harry Goodman   (Show all for Bulbin) Picture about mountain Bulbin in area Inishowen, Ireland
Picture: praying on high
gerrym on Bulbin, 2009
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 (378412 D) 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 (374408 E) 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 (365411 F)

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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Climbed Bulbin, or as the locals call it Bulaba, .. by vikinghar   (Show all for Bulbin)
Lose one 500 metre hill then find a new one? .. by three5four0   (Show all for Bulbin)
We were unfortunate as mist came in as we reached .. by cjdonaghey   (Show all for Bulbin)
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