Benbulbin and Kings Mtn Loop Walk, Sligo, Wild Atlantic Way

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Sligo
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance10.59 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude244 m
  • Peak509 m
  • Climb325 m
  • Descent326 m

The Benbulbin and Kings Mountain Loop Walk is a moderate to strenuous 3.5 hour (8 km) walking route to the unique and distinctive plateau of Kings Mountain (462m) also known as Fionn mac Cumhaill (McCools) Table and the spectacular vertical gullies and cliffs at Benbulbin Head (526m). This walk is within a short drive of Sligo in the north west of Ireland. This is a great walking route with spectacular scenery at every turn and is relatively short allowing for a nice half day walk.

Benbulben Mountain, Sligo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland ccl.Mark Couvillion


Benbulbin or Benbulben is an anglicisation of the Irish name Binn Ghulbain which mean peak (Binn) of Conall Gulban (Ghulbain) who was a son of Niall of the Nine Hostages. This mountain is part of the Dartry Mountains in an area sometimes called "Yeats Country" after W.B. Yeats the famous writer and poet.

Benbulbin old mine track Sligo c. CCL

Benbulbin is also well known in Irish Mythology.  It is said to be the dwelling of the Fianna warriors who lived in the 3rd century.  The warrior Diarmuid Ua Duibhne is tricked by the giant Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) into fighting an enchanted boar which kills him by piercing his heart with its tusk. The mountain is also said to be Diarmuid and Gráinne's final resting place.

Benbulbin Mtn from Kings Mtn Sligo c. Michael Murtagh CCL

Like many mountain ranges in Ireland during World War II, planes crashed in the Dartry mountains close to Benbulbin. On 9th December 1943, a US Fortress plane crashed killing 3 but where locals residents saved 7 men off the mountain.  On 21 March 1941 an RAF flying boat also crashed in a similar location but all 9 died in the crash.

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