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.
"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.
FormationBenbulbin 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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  • One of the best places to walk in Ireland. Not to be missed. Easy under foot all year round and not too challenging.  more »
  • Benbulben is a rock formation that looms over the town of Sligo. A bit like an Irish Uluru! Part of the beautiful Irish landscape.  more »
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  • So impressive! Would have given 5 stars if we could have found the trailhead to climb to the top.
  • A wonderful area and the mountain is just fabulous ,so wanna go up on top and enjoy the view over this beautiful part of Ireland
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