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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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  • From the main highway we followed a small road that ended at a gate near the base of Benbulben. We climbed over and then followed the various 'sheep' trails up to the top. It was a steep climb at poin...  more »
  • A lovely walking 1.5 hour experience for our 73 members.The walk is clearly signposted, well marked with paths well maintained. The views along the route are marvellous. On our recent visit much of th...  more »
  • We hiked the red loop trail and it was a lovely break half way in a four hour drive with the benefit of beautiful views of Ben bulben. The donegal mountains were a bit obscured by rain. there was clea...  more »