Benbulben or more correctly Ben Bulben is a huge formation of shale and limestone which is believed to have been formed during the Ice Age 320 million years ago. It can be seen for miles around as it dominates the countryside a little north of Sligo.
Many a Celtic Legend had its beginnings on or around Benbulben and when you see it and its stunning lines and curves, it's easy to see why it would inspire the storyteller.
If you feel inclined to climb Benbulben, please choose the south face for your venture as it is far easier to climb than it is from the north face which is much steeper and tends to attract some blustery winds at times which can be extremely dangerous to any climber. At the foot of Benbulben you will find the little town of Drumcliff which is recognised by the Church of Ireland and the famous Celtic Cross nearby. It is in the graveyard of the church that William Butler Yeats is believed to be buried, though this is sometimes a matter for conjecture as some would believe that he is actually interred in France.
Benbulben is known as Sligo's "Table Mountain" and was a big inspiration towards poet W B Yeats. It's much bigger than Knocknarea, and Wayne and I didn't climb it, but we still got a great view it from Rosse's Point.
An icon, Bebbulben Mountain, is taller than Knocknarea and seems to loom up from everywhere you drive in the Sligo County area. We didn't hike to the top but others have to take in the amazing beautiful views you can see from its top.
This mountain is wonderful and is visible from all parts of Sligo. You will see this mountain from many angles as you drive along the N4 and N15 around the Sligo environs...
Make a trip to the famous Benbulben mountain.
The cliff-rimmed Benbulben is the main landmark near Sligo. The height of the flat-topped mountain is about 530 metres.