Benbulben, Sligo

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Benbulbin, sometimes spelled Ben Bulben or Benbulben, is a large rock formation in County Sligo, Ireland. It is part of the Dartry Mountains, in an area sometimes called "Yeats Country".Benbulbin is a protected site, designated as a County Geological Site by Sligo County Council.Etymology"Ben Bulben", "Benbulben", and "Benbulbin" are all anglicisations of the Irish name "Binn Ghulbain". "Binn" means "peak" or "mountain", while "Ghulbain" means beak or jaw in Irish. The literal translation is therefore "beak" or "jaw" peak.The name is also echoed in the name of the king Conall Gulban, a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages who was associated with the mountain, however, whether he was named after the mountain or the mountain after him is not clear.GeologyFormationBenbulbin was shaped during the ice age, when Ireland was under glaciers. Originally it was a large plateau. Glaciers moving from the northeast to southwest shaped it into its present distinct formation.Rock compositionBenbulbin, and the Dartry Mountains as a whole, are composed of limestones on top of mudstones. These rocks formed in the area approximately 320 million years ago in a shallow sea. Uppermost in the limestone layer is a thicker, harder limestone called the Dartry Limestone Formation. Below this is a thinner transitional limestone formation – the Glencar Limestone Formation. Further down, the lower slopes consist of shaly mudstone known as the Benbulben Shale Formation. Scree deposits are found near the base.
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  • On a clear day at the start of the summer the view of this mountain from the coast with the sun behind you is what film locations are made of. This is a steep table top mountain that gives Capetown a ...  more »
  • the trails are quite difficult, and there is no sign to tell you where to go, perfect for adventurers! the view up there is incredible.  more »
  • Amazing view better see it on own eyes you can go for some forest walk as well many directions on the road easy to find  more »
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  • There is no trail that I could see leading up the mountain. Walking up through the fields was easy enough on the less steep side. The view from the top is really beautiful - especially overlooking the sea. Brought my camera and watched the sunset
  • 5 stars for that beautiful place, but 2 stars for the access to it, it is quite remote, the road is really narrow. You may go by Taxi or a car, i guess going with big bus won't be available. If you get by taxi, you must have his/her number to pick you back, lucky that the mobile signal is not bad. You may consider reach very early to get to the top of the hill.
  • Simply beautiful.
  • Magnificent mountain overlooking Sligo town.
  • Spectacular table mountain and splendid landscapes to be discovered all around

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Where to stay in Sligo

The town of Sligo boasts a number of lovely accommodations, including hostels and guesthouses, while the landscape surrounding the town is dotted with hotels catering to a range of budgets. If you want to surf away your holiday or explore the setting that inspired Yeats, stay in a bed and breakfast in Sligo town along Old Dublin Road. If you prefer to stay in a more natural setting, explore options in the surrounding countryside. In either case, you will be able to access the alluring coast and the town's historical monuments easily.
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