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.
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 www.coillteoutdoors.ie
- Orla Full review ...
Day out with kids
First visit. Glorious sunny April day. Went with my 4 and 7 yr olds and we all thoroughly enjoyed it
- Hugh Full review ...
This walk is easy for all and affords great views of both Benbuibin and Donegal Bay. A must do on a
- north sligo resident Full review ...
Benbulben (Gortarowey) Looped walk
has it all
- Jim Meehan Full review ...
An all season walk.
I walk this route on a regular basis. Excellent for dogs. Just take a little extra care when on the