Benbulben (Gortarowey) Looped Walk

Walk Information:

  • Length: 5.5km
  • Ascent: 60m
  • Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Longitude: 54.362335
  • Latitude: -8.502346
  • Trailhead: Car parking, picnic area, information signage
  • Waymarking: Red
  • OSI Map Series: Series 16
  • Suggested Gear: Sturdy walking boots, trekking boots, snacks, liquids and mobile phone

Directions - How to get to the Trailhead.

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.

Undoubtedly Irelands most distinctive mountain, Benbulben is sometimes referred to as Irelands 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 Benbulben 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?

Benbulbens literary pedigree is arguably unrivalled in Ireland due to its links to W.B. Yeats, who is buried at Drumcliffe churchyard some 6km from the 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


One thought on “Benbulben (Gortarowey) Looped Walk

  1. Beautiful walk but could do with more signs because when you come out on the road there is no sign to say turn left we got lost and went all the way back on the same track

    we really enjoyed it and for sure will be back

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