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Benbulbin (Gortarowey) Looped Walk

Benbulbin (Gortarowey) Looped Walk

Ascent: 30m
Length: 4km
Time: 1.5 Hours
Waymarking: Red
Grade: Easy
Minimum Gear: Strudy walking/trekking boots, snacks, liquids and mobile phone
OSI Map: Series 16
Services: Grange
Terain: All weather hard surface
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Undoubtedly Ireland’s most distinctive mountain, Benbulbin is sometimes referred to as Ireland’s own Table Mountain. The most distinctive peak among the Dartry range, it was formed during the ice age by massive glaciers segmenting the landscape.

The route

Gortarowey is all weather in nature consisting of a hard surfaced finish and is suitable for all ages and abilities.  The trail begins in a secluded forest area before opening out to provide genuinely stunning close up views of Benbulbin head.  Later in the walk panoramic views of Donegal Bay are also available with the mountains of Donegal including Slieve League highly prominent in addition to Mullaghmore and Classiebawn Castle.

Did you know?

Benbulben literary pedigree is arguably unrivalled in Ireland due to its links to William Butler Yeats, the famous poet, who is buried at Drumcliffe churchyard some 6km from trail head of this walk.

The steeper sides of Benbulben are formed from large amounts of Dartry limestone, with the smoother sides composed of shale. The unusual landscape houses an equally eclectic mix of flora and fauna, including Arctic alpine plants, wild hares, foxes and choughs.


*Sections of this route cross Coillte property, for up to date information on diversions/closures due to tree felling, please visit

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How to get there:

Take the N15 road north of Sligo for 8km. Continue for1.6km after Drumcliff village. Take the right-hand turn signposted Barnaribbon up by a thatched cottage. Follow the road straight ahead, and keep left where the road veers right. This will bring you to a car park on your left under Benbulben. (for exact detail enter your starting point into the field above)