#1

What is the easiest way to climb Ben Bulben, and is there a problem with local landowners?

I have been persuaded to go up to Sligo next week to climb the mountain but I have lost faith in the "organiser" who I now realise has not done his homework eg checking the route.

Any Sligo people able to advise, please?

bobcar61 Registered User
#2

I would advise you go up the main way,there is a carpark and then a pathway up the mountain,its probably the safest and most frequently used.
I wouldn't advise going too off track as just a couple of days ago the body of a Polish man was found on the mountain after he had fallen and its expected that he died instantly.

tuppence Banned
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bobcar61 said:
I would advise you go up the main way,there is a carpark and then a pathway up the mountain,its probably the safest and most frequently used.
I wouldn't advise going too off track as just a couple of days ago the body of a Polish man was found on the mountain after he had fallen and its expected that he died instantly.

Oh no did he die? Thats awful sad.

JIZZLORD Registered User
#4

Does the main way go on yer man "the bull"s land?

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bobcar61 said:
I would advise you go up the main way,there is a carpark and then a pathway up the mountain,its probably the safest and most frequently used.
I wouldn't advise going too off track as just a couple of days ago the body of a Polish man was found on the mountain after he had fallen and its expected that he died instantly.


Many thanks for this advice.

I may suggest these two climb Knocknarea as an alternative - neither of them are Spring Chickens - and use your route for another, fitter party.

thanks again.

bobcar61 Registered User
#6

Oops my bad I'm after getting Benbulben mixed up with Knocknarea and I didn't realise it until now.
Can't believe I made the mistake and I've lived in Sligo for nearly 15 years!

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bobcar61 said:
Oops my bad I'm after getting Benbulben mixed up with Knocknarea and I didn't realise it until now.
Can't believe I made the mistake and I've lived in Sligo for nearly 15 years!


Worse things happen at sea!

Apanachi Registered User
#8

So, I'm digging up this thread again, which IS the best (safest!!!) route to take? Tried climbing it as a teenager (took the dangerous climb, nearly fell off - won't be doing that again)

ems_12 Registered User
#9

After speaking with Michael Quirke (wood carver, great general knowledge on Sligo, and Irish myth/legend), he doesn't recommend climbing to the top of Ben Bulben - it's mainly bog up there and quite dangerous if you don't know the route.....his advice was don't go unless you have someone who knows the way!

I remember climbing part of the mountain with cub scouts, but I don't think we went to the top, or through the Bull's land......

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Apanachi Registered User
#10

ems_12 said:
or through the Bull's land......


Think I'd rather fall of the North Face than do that

Scarlet42 Registered User
#11

Drive along the Bundoran road .... take the turn off to Ballintrillick, keep going untill you get to a crossroads, turn left .. follow that road round the base of the mountain .. passing a water treatment place .. then you will get to another junction, turn left .. along a small road .. which has a river running along side it .. follow the river until you come to a stone "bridge" - (Luke's Bridge) .. cross the bridge - carefully .. it always scares me! .. drive along the bog road a good bit .. Park the car along the side .. then Walk to gully between Benbulbin and Benwisken ... once at the top of the gully turn right and walk along the top of the mountain .. get to the triangulation point .. then turn left .. keep walking and it will bring you to the .. corner of the mountain .. there is a little triangle of grass here and the view is just amazing! Its a great picnic spot!

The most difficult part is walking up the Gully between the two mountains (and Driving across Lukes Bridge!) you won't be walking over McSharrys land .. you will if you turn left instead of right at the top of the Gully.

Sean

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Apanachi Registered User
#12

Thanks Sean, now to hope for decent weather to make the hike

Scarlet42 Registered User
#13

Sorry .. just re-read this and said left instead of right ... correct version below!

Drive along the Bundoran road .... take the turn off on the right to Ballintrillick, keep going until you get to a crossroads, turn right .. follow that road round the base of the mountain .. passing a water treatment place .. then you will get to another junction, turn right .. along a small road .. which has a river running along side it .. follow the river until you come to a stone "bridge" - (Luke's Bridge) .. cross the bridge - carefully .. it always scares me! .. drive along the bog road a good bit - the further u drive along here the less you have to walk!.. Park the car along the side .. then Walk to gully between Benbulbin and Benwisken - on the right hand corner ... once at the top of the gully turn right and walk along the top of the mountain .. get to the triangulation point .. then turn left .. keep walking and it will bring you to the .. corner of the mountain .. there is a little triangle of grass here and the view is just amazing! Its a great picnic spot!

The most difficult part is walking up the Gully between the two mountains (and Driving across Lukes Bridge!) you won't be walking over McSharrys land .. you will if you turn left instead of right at the top of the Gully.

Sean

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donal.hunt Registered User
#14

Anyone know if access to Benbulben from Barnaribbon (on the south side) has been blocked and what the reason for doing so is?

I was up that way today and the route I used in previous years (last time was 2006) had a gate that was locked, heightened and had a sign saying "private property" (i.e. it wasn't passable). Coming down from Kings mountain via the shepherd's path we came across an unlocked gate but it also had a "private property; no trespassing sign" (would have put me off going up that way).

Is access to Benbulben a big issue at the moment? I don't personally want to piss people off by crossing their land but leaving no clues about who to contact regarding enquiries isn't particularly helpful (no contact details on any of the signs). i.e. If there are recognised routes to use, I would much prefer to use them (especially if older routes are no longer available).


Scarlet42: I did the north route you mentioned many years ago (probably mid-90s) and it's a tougher walk than on the south side. I personally like the south route because you get to stay in the sun and stay warmer than you typically do in the shade of the north face.

Scarlet42 Registered User
#15

Hi Donal,

haven't heard of any access issues on Benbulbin at the moment .. but I do know there is a new walk setup from Barna Ribbon .. a new car Park has been created and a path leads to road which goes around the base of the mountain. You can get to this from the Bundoran road and follow the BarnaRibbon sign and its at the very top of that round in a Cul-de-sac. .. Its really well done.

Have never done the south route ..maybe this summer.

I went up benwisken a few weeks back .. went up the same route as above but turned left at the top of the gully .. fantastic walk .. views of Benbulbin are amazing ..as are those of the Horseshoe .. there is a fence that runs along the top, which I assume is Mr. McSharrys land .. so didn't cross it. .. got as far as I could and had a lovely lunch overlooking Classie Bawn. Took a more direct route back straight into the bog run in that Valley.

I cycled around Gleniff Valley on Sunday..it was stunning .. even in the rain!

Sean

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