Said to have been a hunting ground of the legendary Fianna warriors in the third century.
Benbulben is Ireland’s most distinctive mountain and known in some parts as Ireland’s version of Table Mountain. It is the result from the different responses to erosion of the limestone and shale of which the mountain is formed. A hard and resistant limestone forms the upper cliffs and precipices. Many legends and tales have been woven round the almost magical mountain that is Benbulben. Mysterious shady valleys dominate the landscape in this upland alpine-like region.
“Ben Bulben”, “Benbulben”, and “Benbulbin” are all anglicisations of the Irish name “Binn Ghulbain”. “Binn” means “peak” or “mountain”, while “Ghulbain” may mean beak or jaw, or may refer to Conall Gulban, a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages who was associated with the mountain.
Benbulben, Cloyragh, Sligo, Ireland
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